The Devious Path

The Devious Path (German: Abwege) is a 1928 German silent drama film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and starring Gustav Diessl, Brigitte Helm and Hertha von Walther.[1][2] The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle. Location shooting took place at the Markgrafentheater Erlangen in Bavaria. It was made by the German subsidiary of Universal Pictures. It premiered at the Marmorhaus in Berlin.

The Devious Path
Directed byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Produced byFred Lyssa
Written byFranz Schulz
Adolf Lantz
Ladislaus Vajda
Helen Gosewish
StarringGustav Diessl
Brigitte Helm
Hertha von Walther
Music byWerner Schmidt-Boelcke
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Marc Sorkin
Distributed byDeutsche Universal-Film
Release date
  • 10 August 1928 (1928-08-10)
Running time
107 minutes
German intertitles


  • Gustav Diessl as Thomas Beck, Rechtsanwalt
  • Brigitte Helm as Irene Beck, seine Frau
  • Hertha von Walther as Liane, ihre Freundin
  • Jack Trevor as Walter Frank, Maler
  • Fritz Odemar as Möller, Regierungsrat
  • Nico Turoff as Sam Taylor, Boxer
  • Ilse Bachmann as Anita Haldern
  • Richard Sora as André
  • Peter Leschka as Robert
  • Irm Cherry as Daisy
  • Irma Green as Gina
  • Tita Christescu as Die Zofe
  • Jimmy Lygelt as 2. Boxer


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Devious Path". Silent Era. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  2. The A to Z of German Cinema p.145


  • Reimer, Robert C. & Reimer, Carol J. The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2010.
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