WriterKurt Kluge, Karl Lerbs, Philipp Lothar Mayring Release date30 December 1935 Initial releaseDecember 30, 1935 (Berlin) Music directorWerner Eisbrenner, Hermann Schulenburg ScreenplayPhilipp Lothar Mayring, Kurt Kluge, Karl Lerbs CastLil 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 moviesMonsieur 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".