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Gloria (1931)

Gloria is a 1931 French-German drama film directed by Hans Behrendt and starring Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm and Rolf Drucker. It was a co-production between the Munich-based Bavaria ... See full summary »

Director:

Hans Behrendt

Writers:

Georg C. Klaren (idea), Franz Schulz (manuscript) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gustav Fröhlich ... Georg Köhler
Brigitte Helm ... Maria, seine Frau
Rolf Drucker Rolf Drucker ... Der kleine Felix
Fritz Kampers ... Jonny Belling
Hugo Fischer-Köppe ... Jakopp Spindler (as Hugo Fischer Köppe)
Hedwig Wangel Hedwig Wangel ... Frieda
Paul Henckels ... Oberbürgermeister (as Paul Henkels)
Olivia Fried Olivia Fried
Julius E. Hermann Julius E. Hermann
Alfred Beierle
Hermann Hellweger Hermann Hellweger
Hellmut Kraus Hellmut Kraus ... (as Helmuth Kraus)
Fritz Schmuck Fritz Schmuck
Luigi Bernauer Luigi Bernauer ... Sänger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tasso Graf von Schaumburg Tasso Graf von Schaumburg ... Himself, Kunstflüge
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Gloria is a 1931 French-German drama film directed by Hans Behrendt and starring Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm and Rolf Drucker. It was a co-production between the Munich-based Bavaria Film and France's Pathé-Natan. A separate French-language version Gloria was also released. Such multi-language versions were common during the early years of sound.

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Drama

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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 September 1931 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Glória See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was filmed simultaneously in a German language version Gloria (1931) and a French language version Gloria (1931). See more »

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Alternate-language version of Gloria (1931) See more »

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It's no 'Metropolis', but...
5 January 2005 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

'Metropolis' is my all-time favourite film, although the performances of its romantic leads (Brigitte Helm and Gustav Fröhlich) are hardly the greatest assets in that great movie. Still, I was eager to see them teamed up in 'Gloria', partly to find out if the chemistry of their pairing could make the transition to talkies (it does), and partly to see them acting together in roles that are more realistic than the highly expressionist 'Metropolis'.

The early talkie 'Gloria' was shot in two different versions -- one German, one French -- both with Helm, but with different male leads and supporting casts. In the days before overdubbed soundtracks, this multiple-version system was a common practice in Hollywood but much less commonplace in Europe. The name 'Gloria' doesn't refer to Helm's character: it's the name of the hero's aeroplane, and of course it's also Latin for 'glory'.

Georg Köhler (Fröhlich) is a former stunt flyer, who has now settled down to a comparatively safe job as a mail pilot ... which is still very dangerous. His wife Maris (Helm), concerned for his safety, doesn't want him to fly at all. But Georg has got the stratosphere in his veins (figuratively), and he refuses to give up flying. Maris believes that her husband loves flying more than he loves her, and there's certainly evidence of this. Even though Georg and Maris have a young son (well-played by child actor Rolf Drucker), their disagreement over Georg's passion for flight has strained their marriage to the breaking point.

SPOILERS COMING. But then Georg gets a chance to make a transatlantic flight which -- if he survives -- will mean financial security for both of them and their son. Will Maris accept Georg the way he is, or will she clip his wings and bring him down to earth?

'Gloria' is largely a marital soap opera, but there are some exciting flight sequences which are well-staged and don't appear to involve stock footage. (Although I suspect that the aerial footage used here was re-used for the French-language version.) The direction and the photography (ground-level as well as aerial) are above average. Helm is excellent as a realistic woman, radically different from her two 'Metropolis' roles. Fröhlich is rather less impressive, yet he acquits himself well. As their son, Rolf Drucker is blessedly free of the twee mannerisms of so many child actors of this period. My biggest dislike about this film was that I couldn't sympathise with the character played by Helm: if she objects so strongly to Georg's passion for flight (which is also his livelihood), then why ever did she marry him? The ending was quite as I expected, yet deeply satisfying. I'll rate this film 8 points out of 10.


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