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Director  Gerhard Lamprecht
Duration  
Country  Germany
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Language  German
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Writer  Kurt Kluge, Karl Lerbs, Philipp Lothar Mayring
Release date  30 December 1935
Initial release  December 30, 1935 (Berlin)
Music director  Werner Eisbrenner, Hermann Schulenburg
Screenplay  Philipp Lothar Mayring, Kurt Kluge, Karl Lerbs
Cast  Lil Dagover (Madame Martin), Karl Ludwig Diehl (Rittmeister von Droste), Heli Finkenzeller (Käte Traß), Aribert Wäscher (Advokat Menecke), Hans Leibelt (Bürgermeister Stappenbeck), Siegfried Schürenberg (Lord Beckhurst)
Similar movies  Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Under the Lantern (1928), Slums of Berlin (1925), Tango notturno (1937), Carmen - la de Triana (1938)

The Higher Command (German:Der höhere Befehl) is a 1935 German historical film directed by Gerhard Lamprecht and starring Lil Dagover, Karl Ludwig Diehl and Heli Finkenzeller. During the Napoleonic Wars, a Prussian army officer assists a British diplomat to construct an alliance to defeat Napoleon's France.

It was produced around the time of the Anglo-German Naval Agreement when the German government were still optimistic about forming an alliance with the British and saw the film as a way of recalling the historic Anglo-Prussian partnership in liberating Europe from Napoleon. The film was praised by the Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels as "a national and engrossing film".

Partial cast

  • Lil Dagover as Madame Martin
  • Karl Ludwig Diehl as Rittmeister von Droste
  • Heli Finkenzeller as Käte Traß
  • Friedrich Kayßler as General
  • Eduard von Winterstein as Major
  • Aribert Wäscher as Advokat Menecke
  • Hans Leibelt as Bürgermeister Stappenbeck
  • Hans Mierendorff as Earl of Beckhurst
  • Gertrud de Lalsky as Majorin Traß
  • Karl Dannemann as Wenzel Lukas, Bursche
  • Siegfried Schürenberg as Lord Beckhurst
  • Günther Ballier as Premierleutnant von Bodenheim
  • Johannes Bergfeldt as Mitarbeiter des Magistrats
  • Gertrud Wolle as Frau Barth
  • Walter Schramm-Duncker as Florian, Kutscher
  • Heinz Könecke as Leutnant Eckartsberg
  • Friedrich Franz Stampe as Wachtmeister Krim
  • Arnim Suessenguth as Kreisgerichtsdirektor Barth
  • Till Klockow as Tochter Barth
  • Otti Dietze as Hotelwirtin
  • Walter von Allwoerden as Vertauter des Earls
  • Bertold Reissig as Mitarbeiter des Magistrats
  • Robert Forsch as Apotheker Riggert
  • Karl Hannemann as Holzhändler Miesling
  • Leopold von Ledebur as Offizier
  • Theodor Loos as Meneckes Mitarbeiter
  • Werner Pledath as Kammerpräsident
  • Volker von Collande as Bürger
  • Claire Reigbert as Dame beim Empfang
  • References

    The Higher Command Wikipedia
    The Higher Command IMDb The Higher Command themoviedb.org


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