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Die Fledermaus (1946)

The plot from the famous Johann Strauss operetta adapted as a comedy film with most of the songs left out.


Géza von Bolváry


Richard Genée (libretto), Carl Haffner (libretto) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Marte Harell ... Rosalinde Eisenstein
Johannes Heesters ... Herbert Eisenstein
Will Dohm ... Gefängnisdirektor Michel Falke
Willy Fritsch ... Warden Frank
Joseph Egger Joseph Egger ... Frosch The Jailer (as Josef Egger)
Dorit Kreysler ... Adele
Hans Brausewetter ... Melzer
Siegfried Breuer ... Prinz Orlowsky
Mimi Stelzer Mimi Stelzer ... Cook at Eisensteins
Heinz Salfner Heinz Salfner ... Inspektor
Franz Böheim Franz Böheim ... Office writer I.T. prison


The plot from the famous Johann Strauss operetta adapted as a comedy film with most of the songs left out.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

14 March 1948 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)


Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande
Music by Johann Strauss
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The Bat becomes the Eagle
31 August 2005 | by mart-45See all my reviews

This beautiful and very witty film (it's dialog is much funnier than the original operetta book) could easily have been left to rot (what's the word when films are concerned?) in the basements of UFA studios in Berlin and Prag, like so many films that had reached the post production stage did at the end of WW II. The main problem was that some of the footage was in Berlin, and some in Prag, and several scenes lacked the soundtrack. It would have needed extensive re-shooting, because one of the leads, the constantly chanting tenor Meltzer (Hans Brausewetter) was killed in Berlin during the final days of the war, on April 29, 1945. It was very fortunate that the soundtrack was found in Prag; otherwise who knows what might have been. But it was put together and thus one of the last Nazi films became the first DEFA film, released in 1946. It's also fortunate that Johannes Heesters has survived for more than a century, so that this film was re-released in a brilliantly restored version. It's a pity the DVD doesn't have subtitles. I translated this film recently for a cinematic release and spent 3 days doing it, since the mix of Viennese-Hungarian accents and the drunken babbling of hilarious Herr Frosch was very hard to understand. But it was worth it.

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