6.9/10
213
5 user 2 critic

Der große König (1942)

King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting ... See full summary »

Director:

Veit Harlan

Writer:

Veit Harlan (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Jud Süß (1940)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Infamous anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda historical drama about Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg and his treasurer Süß Oppenheimer.

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Ferdinand Marian, Kristina Söderbaum, Heinrich George
Ohm Krüger (1941)
Biography | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

Directors: Hans Steinhoff, Karl Anton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Emil Jannings, Lucie Höflich, Werner Hinz
Kolberg (1945)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

Directors: Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Heinrich George, Kristina Söderbaum, Horst Caspar
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Anna Jobst is the daughter of a rich, conservative farmer. Living on the bank of the Moldau, she wishes nothing more than follow the river to Prague, the "Golden City".

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Kristina Söderbaum, Eugen Klöpfer, Annie Rosar
Opfergang (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Idle intellectuals Albrecht, Octavia and Äls, are given to quoting and emulating their philosopher hero, Nietzsche. Albrecht later contracts typhus bringing the foster child gravely ill Äls out of an infected area.

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Carl Raddatz, Kristina Söderbaum, Irene von Meyendorff
Bismarck (1940)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A biographical film of Otto von Bismarck, the Prime Minister of Prussia, and how he and his policies - including aggressive war - helped to unite Germany.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Paul Hartmann, Friedrich Kayßler, Lil Dagover
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Anti-semitic Nazi propaganda "biography" of the Rothschilds, a German Jewish family whose members rose to the top of the European banking community during the Napoleonic era.

Director: Erich Waschneck
Stars: Erich Ponto, Carl Kuhlmann, Albert Lippert
Comedy | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.

Director: Josef von Báky
Stars: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sequel to 1940's "Bismarck", Bismarck is dismissed by an under-pressure Wilhelm II. Then the treaty with Russia is in peril as the leader is left with the dilemma of who could complete Bismarck's work.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Emil Jannings, Margarete Schön, Christian Kayßler
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Hannelore Schroth, Carl Raddatz, Gustav Knuth
Hans Westmar (1933)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This Nazi propaganda film purports to show the story of a Nazi Storm Trooper named Horst Wessel--here called "Hans Westmar"--who took part in street brawls and assassinations in Berlin in ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Wenzler
Stars: Emil Lohkamp, Paul Wegener, Heinrich Heilinger
Titanic (1943)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Third Reich's Nazi propaganda epic about a heroic fictional German officer on board of the RMS Titanic. On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable ship hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and starts to go down.

Directors: Herbert Selpin, Werner Klingler
Stars: Sybille Schmitz, Hans Nielsen, Kirsten Heiberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Gebühr ... King Frederick II
Kristina Söderbaum ... Luise Treskow
Gustav Fröhlich ... Sgt. Treskow
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Niehoff
Hilde Körber ... Elisabeth
Paul Wegener ... Gen. Czernitscheff
Otto Wernicke ... Oberst Rochow
Harry Hardt Harry Hardt ... Adjutant von Dessau
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Gen. Zieten
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Prince Heinrich (older)
Klaus Detlef Sierck Klaus Detlef Sierck ... Prince Heinrich (younger) (as Claus Detlef Sierck)
Paul Henckels ... Grenadier Spiller
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Spiller's Wife
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Col. Bernburg
Kurt Meisel ... Alfons
Edit

Storyline

King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting major casualties, and his army is beginning to crumble. Defeat seems inevitable when a combination of events gives him hope that he may pull victory from the jaws of defeat after all. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great King See more »

Filming Locations:

Döberitz, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie contains a scene about a plan of the Habsburgers to poison King Frederic with hot chocolate. This is a not proven event. According to a legend his servant Christian Friedrich Glasow (not a french cook as in the movie) offered the king chocolate. Also unlike in the movie this event didn't kill anyone as Glasow warned the king in the last moment. It is also unknown if he actually wanted to poison him or if he was ordered to. Glasow himself died in 1757 in Spandau due to misuse of the government seal for private reasons. See more »

Goofs

Frederic the Great is celebrating his 50th birthday shortly before the invasion of Schwednitz, which was in October 1762. However his birthday was on the 24th January. But the year (1712) is correct. See more »

Quotes

Luise Treskow: [Luise is packing her things and takes some pictures from the wall, a picture of the young King Frederic II] I take all what is dear to me, what still remains. What you haven't burned or shot yet
King Frederick II: And this picture over there?
Luise Treskow: It can burn here. Just like he burned our windmill. That's what he made out of this country. Nice father of the country.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits show the lyrics to the poem "You black eagle" while a song with these words are sang. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Marriage of Figaro (1949) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good old Fritz
22 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Josef Goebbels wanted to make a propaganda film he didn't do things by halves. All those extras you see in one of those cast of thousands worthy of a DeMille film from Hollywood are soldiers taken from the front and probably grateful for the chance to play 18th century soldiers instead of being 20th century ones.

The Great King is about Frederick the Great whose reign was probably the height of the Hohenzollern rule in Prussia. We should be exceedingly glad that Old Fritz as his subjects called him didn't have the resources of the modern German state that was united in 1871. As it was the man was a military genius who as we see in this film managed to snatch triumph out of defeat. For a while there it looked like the upstart state of Prussia was going to be overrun by all of Europe in the Seven Years War. Prussia's nominal ally was Great Britain, but the British had a lot of far flung adventures in places like India and North America where we were fighting The French And Indian War.

Otto Gebuhr who looked a whole lot like Frederick the Great made several film appearances as him. Kind of like character actor Frank McGlyn who was always being cast as Abraham Lincoln. The film was directed by Hitler's favorite director Veit Harlan who found a role for his wife Krista Soderburg as the wife of a Prussian soldier who learns too late the value of discipline. That was a message that Hitler wanted to send loud and clear to his audience, have faith in me because I'm the 20th Century version of Old Fritz.

Even the Nazis tell in the film that part of the reason for Prussia's triumph was some court intrigue in Russia after Empress Elizabeth died. That whole story is told in both the Elizabeth Bergner and Marlene Dietrich films on Catherine the Great. Suffice it to say in the film and in real life Frederick was shrewd enough to exploit matters.

The Great King is a great film, certainly the equal of any Hollywood production even if it is propaganda for the Third Reich.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed