1902 - 1978
The actor Werner Finck began his public career as a fairytale storyteller in the 20's and went to different cities.
Finally he took acting lessons and began a mediocre career at the theater. Only when he came in contact with the Berliner cabaret through a friend he found his real profession. He founded the cabaret "Katakombe" with other colleagues in 1929. It followed a successful time which came to an end with the rise of the Nazis. They closed the cabaret and intervened him and some of his colleagues in the KZ Esterwegen.
Thanks to the intervention of the actress Käthe Dorsch by Göring he was released again with the condition not to work in the public for one year.
When he risked to go back to the stage again he was still a critic comedian who made critical statements of the regime. He was the last one who kept up a political cabaret and practised quip as resistance. When an arrest threatened again he volunteered for the Wehrmacht and escaped from the arrest.
Werner Finck launched a successful film career at the beginning of the 30's. To his early successes belong "Die verliebte Firma" (31), "Der Choral von Leuthen" (33), "Der Vetter aus Dingsda" (34), "April, April!" (35), "La Habanera" (37), "Sherlock Holmes" (37), "Der andere Mann" (37) and "Die Umwege des schönen Karl" (38).
He continued his career as a cabaret artist after the war, first as
a director of the Zuricher cabaret "Nebelhorn", one year later he founded
the cabaret "Mausefalle" in Germany in 1948.
He extended his topical-satirical work over the border in the 60's and
appeared at the New York Barbizon-Plaza theater in 1963 and even made a
tournee through the USA in 1968.
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