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To New Shores (1937)
"Zu neuen Ufern" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  28 January 1938 (USA)
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London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party, her lover, Sir Albert Finsbury, an army commanding officer, prepares to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zarah Leander ...
Willy Birgel ...
Sir Albert Finsbury
Edwin Jürgensen ...
Gouverneur Jones
Carola Höhn ...
Mary Jones
Viktor Staal ...
Henry Hoyer
Erich Ziegel ...
Dr. Magnus Hoyer
Hilde von Stolz ...
Fanny Hoyer
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Käsefabrikant Wells
Robert Dorsay ...
Bobby Wells
Ernst Legal ...
Stout
Siegfried Schürenberg ...
Kapitän Gilbert
Lina Lossen ...
Zuchthausvorsteherin in Paramatta
Lissy Arna ...
Gefangene Nelly
Herbert Hübner ...
Casino-Direktor
Mady Rahl ...
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London 1846. Singer Gloria Vane has a resounding success at the Adelphi Theater. While she throws a brilliant party, her lover, Sir Albert Finsbury, an army commanding officer, prepares to leave England for Australia, leading one of Her Majesty Queen Victoria's regiments. But Finsbury is also a compulsive gambler and, being unable to repay his debts, he commits a fraud that could cost him his career. Out of love for Albert, Gloria claims responsibility for his crime and his sentenced to penal labor in a camp in Australia, Paramatta. She is "saved" by good-natured farmer Henry Hoyer who chooses her in a wedding market. But Gloria is not made for farming and soon realizes that she can't stand her new life... Written by Guy Bellinger

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melodrama | based on novel

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German censorship visa # B. 45781 delivered on 20-7-1937. See more »

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Referenced in Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984) See more »

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Ich bin eine Jungfrau
Music by Ralph Benatzky
Performed by Mady Rahl
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Zarah Leander at her heart-rending best
1 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Nobody in German cinema ever did melodramatic suffering quite like Zarah Leander, and this - her debut film for UFA in 1937 - shows her at the peak of her allure. She plays a glamorous stage diva, and we first see her on stage in London singing her flirtatious number 'Yes, Sir'. She then takes the wrap for a fraud committed by her British officer lover (played by Willy Birgel) who is on the verge of sailing for Australia, and for her pains she is transported to Australia herself, as a convict.

In prison, accompanied by her fellow female inmates, she sings a beautiful, sad song directed to her rascally lover: 'I have such a deep longing for you'. She is released from Paramatta prison in order to marry a handsome farmer (played by Viktor Staal) - but she runs away from him, only to discover that the Birgel character is on the verge of marrying the governor's daughter.

Heartbroken, she tries to return to prison, then to the stage, but is booed by the Australian audience for her gloomy act - a real irony this, since the song she's singing, 'I'm standing in the Rain' is a real beauty, haunting and melancholy, making full use of Leander's lovely contralto voice. Zu Neuen Ufern is a very emotionally involving film, a pointer to the films Detlev Sierck would later make in the US under his anglicised name, Douglas Sirk. Perfect for a rainy Sunday, and proof of the star power of Zarah Leander.


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