The Merciful Lie

The Merciful Lie (German: Die barmherzige Lüge) is a 1939 German drama film directed by Werner Klingler and starring Hilde Krahl, Elisabeth Flickenschildt and Ernst von Klipstein.[1]

The Merciful Lie
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Directed byWerner Klingler
Produced byErich Palme
Written byCurt J. Braun
Werner Klingler
Günter Kulemeyer
StarringHilde Krahl
Elisabeth Flickenschildt
Ernst von Klipstein
Music byHans Carste
CinematographyKarl Puth
Edited byElla Ensink
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
17 August 1939
Running time
87 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Karl Böhm and Erich Czerwonski. It was shot at the Johannisthal Studios in Berlin and on location in Bremen.


In a frontier town on the border between Manchuria and Mongolia Anja, the niece of the owner of a rough local entertainment venue, waits for the return of her lover Doctor Thomas Clausen with whom she has had a child. Clausen is part of an expedition planning to explore into the wild lands on the Soviet side of the border. To Anja's dismay, however, he returns with a new wife.

When the new wife dies of food poisoning and Clausen away on his expedition, Anja goes to Bremen to stay with his wealthy family and masquerades as his wife. They welcome her as has a child who will carry on the family line.



  1. ^ Waldman p.266


  • Heins, Laura. Nazi Film Melodrama. University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • Waldman, Harry. Nazi Films in America, 1933–1942. McFarland, 2008.

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