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Walter von Molo (novel) and
Erich Kröhnke (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 February 1939 (USA) See more »
In 18th century Europe, King Friedrich II of Prussia leads his army through the seven-years-war with neighboring states, and after numerous near defeats, eventually brings a victorious army back to Berlin. | Add synopsis »
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Otto Gebühr ... Friedrich II., König von Preußen

Hilde Körber ... Wilhelmine - seine Schwester

Lil Dagover ... Marquise de Pompadour
Agnes Straub ... Czarina Elisabeth

Käthe Haack ... Maria Theresia
Bernhard Minetti ... Count Wallis, alias Marquis DuVal

Paul Klinger ... von Bonin

Carola Höhn ... Louise - seine Frau

Paul Dahlke ... Field Marshal General von Dessau
Lucie Höflich ... Frau Büttner
Wilhelm König ... Hans - ihr Sohn - Student

Will Dohm ... Baron Warkotsch
Paul Westermeier ... Musketeer Mampe
Heinrich Schroth ... Capt. von Droste
Alfred Gerasch ... Field Marshal General Daun
Ernst Karchow ... Staatskanzler Kaunitz

Hans Mierendorff ... von Treskow - Kammerherr
Bruno Ziener ... General Zieten
Hermann Frick ... Leutnant Schwarz
Paul Bildt ... General von Finck
Karl Platen ... Fredersdorf
Albert Arid ... Russischer Gesandter
Rudolf Biebrach
Hugo Flink ... Graf Ludwig von Cobenzl

Angelo Ferrari ... Französischer Colonel
Fred Goebel ... Musketier
Lothar Devaal ... Preußischer Rittmeister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Auen ... Fürst Rajumowski
Werner Bernhardy
Kurt Brenkendorf ... General
Magda Elgen
Harry Franck ... Herzog Etienne Francois Choiseul
Max Gerhardt ... Französischer General

Bernhard Goetzke
Harry Hardt ... General von Laudon
Max Hochstetter
Herbert Jacob

Walter Janssen ... Österreichischer Kriegsminister
Alfred Karen ... Honoratior in Berlin
Kurt Keller-Nebri ... Preußischer General
Franz Klebusch ... Preußischer Musketier
Gerd Klinkhardt ... Gesandter von Falkenstein
Carlo Kluge ... Offizier
Ellen-Ruth Knapp-Güttingen ... Hofdame Maria Theresias (as Ellen Ruth Güttingen)
Otto Kronburger
Karl Leander ... Französischer Hofkavalier

Oscar Marion ... Österreichischer Generalstabschef
Helmuth Neudahl ... Offizier
Rio Nobile ... Französischer Höfling
Josef Peterhans ... Preußischer General

Anton Pointner ... Kaiser Franz von Österreich
Gustav Püttjer ... Musketier Pieter Timm
Louis Ralph ... Österreichischer Meldereiter
Arthur Reinhardt
Lucie Rhoden ... ofdame Maria Theresias
Max Rosenhauer ... Vertrauter des Grafen Wallis
Willi Sande-Meyer ... Dorfpastor (as W. Meyer-Sanden)
Otto Sauter-Sarto ... Bauer im hungernden Dorf
Ernst G. Schiffner ... Österreichischer Stabsoffizier
Max Schmack ... General
F.W. Schröder-Schrom ... Preußischer Landrat (as Franz Schroeder-Schramm)
Herbert Spalke ... Russischer Gesandter in Paris
Walter Steinweg ... Junger Dorfbewohner
Leopold von Ledebur ... Honoratior in Berlin
Erik von Loewis ... Stabsoffizier
Friedrich Weigelt ... Offizier
Dima Detoor ... Leibarzt der Zarin (uncredited)
Herbert Svalka ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Johannes Meyer 
Writing credits
Walter von Molo (novel "Fridericus")

Erich Kröhnke  screenplay
Walter von Molo  screenplay

Produced by
Hanns Otto .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Roland 
Cinematography by
Bruno Mondi 
Film Editing by
Fritz C. Mauch 
Art Direction by
Otto Erdmann  (as Erdmann)
Hans Sohnle  (as Sohnle)
Costume Design by
Peter A. Becker (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Alfred Lehmann .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Karl Weitschat .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alfred Kern .... production manager
Kurt Heinz .... unit manager (uncredited)
Otto Lehmann .... unit manager (uncredited)
Kurt Moos .... unit manager (uncredited)
Willy Morree .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fritz C. Mauch .... assistant director
Auguste Barth-Reuss .... assistant director (uncredited)
Alexander Lang .... assistant director (uncredited)
Franz M. Lang .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Erwin Hübenthal .... props (uncredited)
Ernst König .... props (uncredited)
Wilhelm Vorwerg .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Erich Lange .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Josef Höfer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hans Dupke .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elisabeth Massary .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Fritz Pietsch .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Other crew
Erich von Gomlicki .... military advisor (uncredited)
Geheimrat von Priesdorff .... historical advisor (uncredited)

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Germany:97 min | West Germany:85 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
West Germany:12 (nf) (cut version)


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Rootin' Teuton, rushin' Prussian, 8 March 2003
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

'Fridericus' is one of several German films recounting the military career of Prussia's king Friedrich the Second. An earlier version, the silent film 'Fridericus Rex' (made before Hitler's rise to power), has little to recommend it beyond a good performance by Werner Krauss in a supporting role. 'Fridericus' was made barely a year after 'Der Alte und der Junge König', another biography of Friedrich. The best and most elaborate of these biopics is 'Der Grosse Konig', made in 1942. 'Fridericus' stars Otto Gebuhr in the title role: the same actor who portrayed Friedrich in 'Der Grosse Konig' (The Great King).

'Fridericus' is a less effective film than 'The Great King' (basically a remake), but a comparison of the two films is interesting. 'Fridericus' was made in 1936, when Hitler was firmly in power but the Second World War had not started yet. 'The Great King' was made in 1942, when Hitler's biggest victories were past and it was likely that the Third Reich would lose the war. This explains why 'The Great King' places greater emphasis on Friedrich's military struggle against superior forces and overwhelming odds.

There's nothing in 'Fridericus' that isn't done better in 'The Great King', including Otto Gebuhr's performance in the title role. The best thing in 'Fridericus' is a brief performance by beautiful dark-eyed Lil Dagover as Madame Pompadour. I'll rate this movie 2 points out of 10.

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