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Frieda (1947)

Approved | | Drama, War | 28 July 1947 (UK)
An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives.


Basil Dearden


Ronald Millar (by), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrar ... Robert
Glynis Johns ... Judy
Mai Zetterling ... Frieda
Flora Robson ... Nell
Albert Lieven ... Richard
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs Dawson
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Edith
Ray Jackson Ray Jackson ... Tony
Patrick Holt ... Alan
Milton Rosmer ... Merrick
Barry Letts ... Jim Merrick
Gilbert Davis Gilbert Davis ... Lawrence
Renee Gadd Renee Gadd ... Mrs. Freeman
Douglas Jefferies Douglas Jefferies ... Hobson
Barry Jones ... Holliday


An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | War


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English | German

Release Date:

28 July 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fizess a múltadért! See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: This film is based on fact but the characters and events portrayed are fictitious. Any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more »


The film' s opening shows a Polish city [ later revealed to be Krakow ] in the midst of heavy fighting. Krakow was abandoned by the Germans and taken by the Red Army with no destruction or street fighting. See more »


Frieda: [after watching a newsreel about the liberation of Belsen] I knew. I knew there were such places. We all knew.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: POLAND-MARCH 1945 No man's land between the German and the Russian armies. See more »


References Phantom Lady (1944) See more »


Das zerbrochene Ringlein
Music by Friedrich Glück
Lyrics by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
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Moving tale of Racial Prejudice
1 April 2019 | by sb-47-608737See all my reviews

Though one of the reviewer has mentioned it to be dated, but is it really ? The racial prejudice - though used destructively by Nazis, existed during and even earlier, not only there, but elsewhere too- the Camping of Japanese (and the use of Vermin for them were a proof of it), even those who were citizens for generations, in USA, the treatment of Gypsies, the fate of the indigenous tribes every where - Maories, Amerindians, Dark-skinned persons,... and it continues even today. The people are still considered equal - or inferior - based on the skin and race. So one really can't call it dated. The mind-set of Nell is very common even today, and the others - are accessory, by compliance/ silence.

In the story, the heroine (Frieda's) parents were killed in allied bombing - and that well could have been by her love's brother, Alan, who was shot down while bombing the city. But that part of sympathy was missing - that of course isn't by error - may be even deliberate - the psychology of people to overlook the loss of "Others" even when that had been caused directly by "Us". The movie is about the girl, who has sacrificed everything to protect the man she loved (who didn't, at least initially), and her travails - in enemy domain, where she is racially prejudiced by all, and even the circumstances force her man to turn against her - forcing her to opt for divorce Italian (or catholic) style.

There was only one weakness in the narrative - Frieda's brother - his attitude was not normal. He was totally brainwashed Nazi, on that aspect I don't have complain, but he definitely can't make his innocent sister (that too, the only one left in the family) a sacrifice at the alter, and that too through false implications. In fact any brother, however ideologically blinded he might be, he would try to shield his kid sibling. The attitude of all others were explainable. Robert batted for Frieda - till he got irrefutable proof of her complicity - from her own brother. Nell was blindly prejudiced. The widowed sister in law, Judy wanted him for herself, and that was actively supported by all the family. Who, though not so much racially prejudiced as Nell, still were to quite some extent, probably due to the human losses suffered in the family - Robert and his step-brother were the only surviving - I wonder what happened to his step-father though.

Despite the semi-melodramatic presentation, it is worth a watch, to look at our own contemporary society, and reflect, aren't we all still in those ages and mind-set ? Aren't we still saying, as the woman remonstrated at registration office against "Giving out rations to a German girl" and "Soon we would be feeding the whole nation" .

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