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A Man Astray
Directed byHerbert Selpin
Written byHarald G. Petersson
Walter Zerlett-Olfenius
Based onPercy auf Abwegen by Hans Zehrer
Produced byFranz Vogel
StarringHans Albers
Charlotte Thiele
Hilde Weissner
CinematographyFranz Koch
Edited byFriedel Buckow
Music byFranz Doelle
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
  • 16 February 1940 (1940-02-16)
Running time
88 minutes

A Man Astray (German: Ein Mann auf Abwegen) is a 1940 German comedy adventure film directed by Herbert Selpin and starring Hans Albers, Charlotte Thiele and Hilde Weissner.[1][2] The film is an adaptation of the 1938 novel Percy auf Abwegen by Hans Zehrer. It was shot at the Halensee Studios in Berlin and the Bavaria Studios in Munich. Location shooting took place around Lake Starnberg in Bavaria. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Paul Markwitz and Fritz Maurischat. A financial success, it was produced and distributed by Tobis Film, one of Nazi Germany's leading film companies.


Percival Pattersson, a wealthy Swedish industrialist, disappears one morning without warning, and police suspect a crime. However, his daughter Ingrid and a journalist both suspect he has deliberately vanished and set out to track him down. Pattersson has in fact been laying low incognito but when his daughter approaches, he flees to Geneva posing as the chauffeur of the singer Lisaweta who he has fallen in love with.



  1. ^ Giesen p.146
  2. ^ Hull p.222


  • Giesen, Rolf. The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy. McFarland, 2019.
  • Hull, David Stewart. Film in the Third Reich: Art and Propaganda in Nazi Germany, Simon & Schuster, 1973.
  • Rentschler, Eric. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife. Harvard University Press, 1996.

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