The Last Laugh

Synopsis: The experienced doorman at the Atlantic Hotel is quite proud of his position, his responsibilities, and his uniform. One busy, rainy night, he has to take a short rest after lugging a heavy suitcase in from the rain. Unfortunately, his manager comes by during the short time when he is not performing his duties. The next day, when the doorman arrives for work, he learns that he has been replaced as doorman, and has been re-assigned to the less strenuous but purely menial position of washroom attendant. Stunned and humiliated, the old man struggles to carry on with his life.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): F.W. Murnau
Production: U. F. A.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Three different negatives were

created for the film Der letzte Mann.

One of them was for Germany,

one for general export,...

...and the third for the USA.

The surviving German negative was

preserved only incompletely, and was...

...reconstructed in 2001 /2002

with the aid of the following materials:... original negative from the

Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv Berlin:...

...a print from the Museum of

Modern Art, New York,...

...produced in Germany in 1936:

fragments of a duplicate...

...possessed by the


...of a missing German print:

as well as fragments of a print...

...kept by the Cinmathque Suisse

in Lausanne.

The reconstruction took place

in cooperation with...

...the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv,


...the Cinmathque Suisse, Lausanne:

the Museum of Modern Art, New York,...

...and the




L'lmmagine Ritrovata, Bologna


In the Lead-Role:




Today, you are the first,

respected by everyone, a minister,...

...a general, maybe even

a prince.

Do you know what

you'll be tomorrow?!

For the Wedding Guests

However, due to your period of service

of many years' standing,...

...we've created an open position

for you by sending the oldest employee...

...of our firm to a shelter,

effective today.

The reason for this measure... your old-age.


at the place of his humiliation,...

...the old man would waste away

miserably for the rest of his life...

...and here the story would,

strictly speaking, be over.

But the author is looking out for him

who has been abandoned by everyone,...

...and so he bestows

upon him an epilogue,...

...telling a story that...


...usually doesn't occur

in real life.


As reported a short time ago,...

...the celebrated Mexican multimillionaire

Mr. A. G. Monen died...

...whilst washing his hands in the lavatory

of the Atlantic-Hotel.

Upon going through his papers,

a sensational will for this eccentric man

was found to the effect...

...that the person in whose arms

he would happen to die was to become

the sole heir to his enormous fortune.

Hence, the biblical promise,

that the last shall be the first,...

...seems already to have been

fulfilled on earth,...

...for the lucky one is...

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Carl Mayer

For the German playwright (1896–1977), see Carl Zuckmayer. Carl Mayer (20 November 1894 in Graz – 1 July 1944 in London) was an Austrian-Jewish screenplay writer who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921), Der Letzte Mann (1924), Tartuffe (1926), Sunrise (1927) and 4 Devils (1928), the last five being films directed by F. W. Murnau. more…

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