Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Prolific filmmaker Gustav Ucicky cut his cinematic teeth on such minor efforts as Inherited Passions (Vererbte Triebe). Walter Rilla plays a pleasant young man who unfortunately carries with him his family's "curse": alcoholism. Whenever he gets drunk, Rilla's Dr. Jekyll personality degenerates into Mr. Hyde. First, he murders a prostitute then tries to bump off his stepfather's new young wife. Arrested and put on trial, he is defended by that selfsame stepfather, who argues that Rilla's "inherited passions" were beyond the poor boy's control. An argument is made for the "sexual sterilization" of such unfortunates as Rilla.
alcoholism, curse, lawyer, murder