The Trunks of Mr. O.F.

The Trunks of Mr. O.F. (German: Die Koffer des Herrn O.F.) is a 1931 German comedy film directed by Alexis Granowsky and starring Alfred Abel, Peter Lorre, and Harald Paulsen. The film was shot between 15 September and 17 October 1931 and premiered in Berlin on 2 December 1931.[1] The film was then heavily cut down to a shorter running time, and re-released under the alternative title Building and Marrying (Bauen und heiraten). It received its Viennese premiere on 4 June 1932.[2]

The Trunks of Mr. O.F.
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Directed byAlexis Granowsky
Produced byMark Asarow
Hans Conradi
Ernst Nölle
Written byAlexis Granowsky
Hans Hömberg
Léo Lania
StarringAlfred Abel
Peter Lorre
Harald Paulsen
Hedy Lamarr
Music byKarol Rathaus
Kurt Schröder
CinematographyHeinrich Balasch
Reimar Kuntze
Edited byPaul Falkenberg
Conrad von Molo
Distributed byDeutsche Lichtspiel-Syndikat
Release date
2 December 1931
Running time
80 minutes

It received a mixed reception from critics who were divided over its non-realist, fantastical elements.[3] The film's screenwriter Léo Lania intended it to be a critique of capitalism.[4]


When thirteen large suitcases arrive at a hotel in a small town, labeled as belonging to a mysterious O.F., they provoke curiosity and speculation. Rumours begin to spread like wildfire that they belong to a millionaire. Although O.F. fails to appear, his anticipated arrival is a catalyst for a series of dramatic changes in the town.



  1. ^ Barton p.23
  2. ^ Barton p.25
  3. ^ Barton p.23-24
  4. ^ Barton p.24


  • Barton, Ruth. Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film. University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

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