"Lachende Erben" is a German black-and-white film from 1933. This was the first year of the Nazi reign and brought out propaganda films like "Hitlerjunge Quex", but this film here is completely unpolitical still. There are a whole lot other titles listed here and I will not mention them all, but it seems like this one goes under a whole lot of synonyms. The director is Max Ophüls and just like lead actor Heinz Rühmann, it was still pretty early in his career when he directed this film we have here. Ophüls went on to make many French language films in later years. And I must say, even if Rühmann's range and charisma is clearly visible, I am not yet as impressed by him as I am by some of the films he made at the age of 50 and afterward. The story here is about a young man who will inherit a fortune if he manages not to drink any alcohol for some time. Strangely enough, he will be awarded a wine estate if he succeeds. A similar story I have seen in some old black-and-white short films from previous years, so it is neither too original nor too creative I have to say. Quite a shame. All in all, this one is really worth seeing for the biggest Rühmann fans and even with the short runtime of approximately 75 minutes, it lacks focus on some occasions. I give it a thumbs-down.