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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 »

Also Known As:

The Bat See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)


Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A woman played the part of Prince Orlovsky in one version of this opera because the part of the Prince was intended to be sung by a castrato, a type of singer which no longer exists - the practice of "creating" them was stopped ages ago, as it involved the surgical removal of the singer's genitals. See more »


Version of Waltz Time (1933) See more »


Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande
Music by Johann Strauss
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This old Johann-Strauss-Operetta shines again in all its glorious Agfacolor-Glory!!!
21 November 2003 | by Lars-65See all my reviews

This movie, which is based on the famous Strauss-operetta of the same title, is fine example of escapism. It was made in Prague during the final days of World War II, but edited by the East-German DEFA in 1946. It enjoyed great popularity on its release, since people were graving for a bit of wholesomeness and enjoyment. However, this film, which was only the 12th German movie made in colour before 1945, had suffered greatly during the final days of war. There was only a hint of colour left and the sound left a lot to be desired. Things didn't change much until 2002, when this film was painstakingly restored by Bibo TV. For the first time ever "Die Fledermaus" was released on Video and DVD earlier this months. The german TV-Channel ARD will premiere the restored version of this film on 14th December 2003, on the occasion of the 100th Birthday of this movie's leading actor Johannes Heesters. Mr. Heesters attended the cinematic re-release of this film last December. If you get a chance to see this movie, please do so. I highly recommend it.

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