Heinrich George plays a powerful shipping magnate who has kept secret the fact that he fathered an illegitimate daughter many years ago. His past begins to catch up to him when his brother-in-law, a circus member, returns to town from the US.
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Douglas Sirk's German melodramas should absolutely be rediscovered. Loosely based on an Henrik Ibsen stage play, Pillars of Society leads you to the U.S.A. then into a small Norwegian harbour and finally in the middle of an impressive storm. Highly recommended.