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Men Are That Way

Men Are That Way
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GermanMänner müssen so sein
Directed byArthur Maria Rabenalt
Written byHans Joachim Beyer
Peter Kirsten
Based onMen Are That Way
by Heinrich Seiler[1]
Produced byWalter Tost
StarringHertha Feiler
Hans Söhnker
Hans Olden
CinematographyEwald Daub
Edited byHelmuth Schönnenbeck
Music byMichael Jary
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 16 March 1939 (1939-03-16)
Running time
100 minutes

Men Are That Way (German: Männer müssen so sein) is a 1939 German drama film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hertha Feiler, Hans Söhnker and Hans Olden.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director Willi Herrmann. It was remade by Rabenalt in Austria as Arena of Fear (1959).


An attractive female dance student becomes involved in the circus world, falls in love and takes it up professionally.


... and in alphabetical order:

  • Lída Baarová
  • James Bachert as Negerjunge
  • Günther Ballier as detective commissioner
  • Walter Bechmann as Ein Freund Karl Rasmussens
  • Kurt Bierbaum as Zirkusangestellter
  • Fritz Böttger as Pinelli
  • Elma Czell as Daisy, Trapezartistin
  • Charlott Daudert as Frieda
  • Jac Diehl as Zirkusangestellter
  • Mia Elmenhorst as Program seller
  • Max Harry Ernst as Circus employee
  • Arthur Fritz Eugens as Willi - Dody's son
  • Han Fongkeng as Tierwärter Shing
  • Karl Harbacher as Humphrey
  • Mohamed Husen as Ein Gast im Lokal
  • Hilla Höfer as Ursula
  • Victor Janson as Gerlach, Zirkus-Regisseur
  • Käthe Jöken-König as Elsie Meyer, Friedas Zimmervermieterin
  • Alfred Karen as Zuschauer bei Camerons letztem Auftritt
  • Josef Keim as Kren, Zirkusdirektor
  • Maria Loja as Kantinenwirtin
  • Paul Luka as Raubtierwärter
  • Günther Lüders as Franz
  • Die Metropol Vocalisten as Singers
  • Karl-Heinz Peters as Dr. Kramer, Zirkusarzt
  • Ilse Petri as Direktions-Sekretärin
  • Klaus Pohl as Karusselbesitzer
  • Gustav Püttjer as Plakatverteiler
  • Ferdinand Robert as Logengast
  • Ernst G. Schiffner as Rolf Hinz
  • Margarete Schön as Frau Petersen
  • Hans Stiebner as Der spanische Zirkusartist mit der Clownnummer
  • Egon Stief as Zuschauer bei Camerons letztem Auftritt
  • Theo Stolzenberg as Direktor der Friedrichshallen
  • Georg Tressler as student
  • Albert Venohr as Kriminalkommissar
  • Edith von Donat as ballerina
  • Christine von Trümbach
  • Fredy Walden as Zuschauer bei Camerons letztem Auftritt
  • Hansi Wendler as ballerina
  • Max Wilmsen as Wirt
  • Eugen Wolff as Band Leader
  • Erich Ziegel as Rasmussen, Beatrice's father


  1. ^ Waldman, Harry (2008). Nazi Films in America, 1933-1942. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786438617.[page needed]
  2. ^ Hake, Sabine (2009). Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim (eds.). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 216. ISBN 978-1571816559. JSTOR j.ctt1x76dm6.

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