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Release Date:
1947 (USA) See more »
Shortly after being demobilized, Georges Duroy becomes aware of his power over women in the arms of Rachel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Willi Forst ... George Duroy / Bel Ami

Olga Tschechowa ... Madeleine Forestier

Johannes Riemann ... Laroche

Ilse Werner ... Suzanne Laroche

Hilde Hildebrand ... Clotilde von Marelle

Will Dohm ... Journalist Charles Forestier

Lizzi Waldmüller ... Rachel
Marianne Stanior ... Grisette
Aribert Wäscher ... Zeitungsverleger Walter
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Redakteur Varenne
Hans Stiebner ... Grundstücksmakler Stranoff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joachim Below ... Verehrer Suzannes
Kalout Ben Gassem ... Der Kaid von Marakesch
Egon Brosig ... Conferencier
Hildegard Busse ... Zofe bei Madeleine
Erich Dunskus ... Maschinenmeister
Joe Furtner ... Zugschaffner
Walter Gross ... Stenotypist
Walter Lieck ... Ausrufer
Richard Ludwig ... Butler bei Laroche
Hadrian Maria Netto ... Rival
Ilse Petri ... Zofe bei Frau von Marelle
Tatjana Sais ... Duroys Tischdame
Paul Samson-Körner ... Ein Betrunkener
Werner Scharf ... Dolmetscher

Rosita Serrano ... Singer
Lotte Spira ... Walters Tischdame
Eleonore Tappert ... Eine Sängerin
Hanns Waschatko ... Sekretär
Ewald Wenck ... Standesbeamter
Bruno Ziener ... Parlamentsdiener

Directed by
Willi Forst 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hans Fritz Beckmann  writer
Guy de Maupassant  novel "Bel Ami"
Axel Eggebrecht  writer
Willi Forst  writer

Produced by
Herbert Engelsing .... executive producer
Willi Forst .... producer
Walter Lehmann .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Theo Mackeben 
Cinematography by
Theodore J. Pahle 
Erich Schmidtke 
Film Editing by
Hans Wolff 
Production Design by
Kurt Herlth 
Werner Schlichting 
Production Management
Josef Aschenbrenner .... unit production manager
Fritz Renner .... unit manager
Hans Somborn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Viktor Becker .... assistant director
Sound Department
Erich Lange .... sound
Music Department
Theo Mackeben .... conductor
M. Cortini Viviani .... lyricist
Other crew
Rudolf Kölling .... choreographer

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis Klangfilm)
Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (new rating)

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Outstanding film music of Theo Mackeben, 25 December 2003
Author: kassandro from Hanover

Already before he made this movie Willi Forst was the "Bel Ami" of the UFA era. Through this film, which is clearly one of his very best, we can see him, as he was seen during his most successful time. The movie is dominated by Theo Mackeben's immortal song "Du hast Glück bei den Frauen, Bel Ami" performed by Lizzi Waldmüller.

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