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Decoy (1934 film)

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Film poster
Directed byHans Steinhoff
Written by
Produced byKarl Ritter
CinematographyKonstantin Irmen-Tschet
Edited byWilly Zeyn
Music byFriedrich Wilhelm Rust
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 10 November 1934 (1934-11-10)
Running time
99 minutes

Decoy (German: Lockvogel) is a 1934 German adventure film directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Jakob Tiedtke, Viktor de Kowa, and Jessie Vihrog.[1] A separate French-language version, The Decoy, was released the following year with a largely different cast.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Artur Günther and Fritz Maurischat. It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios and on location in Hamburg, Turkey and the North Sea.


A young man is commissioned by his jeweler father to take a valuable necklace from Istanbul to Marseille. While on the sea voyage he is targeted by a gang of thieves, using a beautiful woman as a decoy. He is eventually assisted by another woman who is secretly in love with him.



Karlheinz Wendtland confirmed that the film was "designed with speed and all the refinements". Furthermore, he was of the opinion that the film adaptation was not lacking in humor and that it was "completely apolitical despite the director Steinhoff".[2]


  1. ^ Bock & Bergfelder p. 460
  2. ^ Skopnik, Hans von; Kuhlwein von Rathenow, Horst, eds. (1934-01-01). Das deutsche Reichs-Tierschutzgesetz vom 24. November 1933 (RGS. I S. 987) mit Begründung (Deutscher Reichs- und Preußischer Staatsanzeiger Nr. 281/1933). doi:10.1515/9783111399867. ISBN 9783111399867.


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.

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