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Fridericus (1937)

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.

Director:

Johannes Meyer

Writers:

Walter von Molo (novel), Erich Kröhnke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Otto Gebühr ... Friedrich II., König von Preußen
Hilde Körber ... Wilhelmine - seine Schwester
Lil Dagover ... Marquise de Pompadour
Agnes Straub Agnes Straub ... Czarina Elisabeth
Käthe Haack ... Maria Theresia
Bernhard Minetti 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 Lucie Höflich ... Frau Büttner
Wilhelm König Wilhelm König ... Hans - ihr Sohn - Student
Will Dohm ... Baron Warkotsch
Paul Westermeier ... Musketeer Mampe
Heinrich Schroth ... Capt. von Droste
Alfred Gerasch Alfred Gerasch ... Field Marshal General Daun
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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.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der alte Fritz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Diana-Tonfilm GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rootin' Teuton, rushin' Prussian

'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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