Second Hand Destiny

Second Hand Destiny (German: Schicksal aus zweiter Hand) is a 1949 West German drama film directed by Wolfgang Staudte and starring Erich Ponto, Heinz Klevenow and Marianne Hoppe. It is sometimes considered a film noir.[1] At the time the director Staudte was mostly known for his work for the East German studio DEFA.

Second Hand Destiny
Directed byWolfgang Staudte
Produced by
Written byWolfgang Staudte
Music byWolfgang Zeller
CinematographyWilly Winterstein
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 6 October 1949 (1949-10-06)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was made between May and July 1949 at the Wandsbek Studios of the Hamburg-based company Real Film. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Albrecht Becker and Herbert Kirchhoff.


A man now working as a clairvoyant narrates in flashback how he has sunk from once being a happily married man to murdering his own wife.

Main cast


  1. Spicer p. 460


  • Spicer, Andrew (2010). Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7378-0.
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