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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 Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955) See more »


Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande
Music by Johann Strauss
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The greatest Fledermaus
13 June 2005 | by IckeSee all my reviews

This Fledermaus was produced just before the end of the war. During the chaos at the end of the war the sound-track was lost and had to be re-recorded after the war with the then available equipment and with the same cast. This according to Neue Zürcher Zeitung in about 1948. I saw it several times in Zürich at this time. Modern technology has now done much to improve the sound quality. I approve of a man, in this case non-singing Siegfried Breuer, playing the roll of Prinz Orlowsky. Breuer makes a good prince. Some years later Peter Alexander produced a Fledermaus in which a tenor played/sang the role. This worked very well, tho the rest was not very good. A man should play/sing the title roll in Der Rosenkavalier. I know that these rolls were written for a castrato, but, in the case of Fledermaus, an operette contralto won't do - I have heard/seen several such performances and the poor ladies were hardly audible. You need a powerful contralto and tall, broad-shouldered and flat-chested operatic or wagnerian contraltos are rare. After all, the producers/directors are in the business of creating an illusion for both eye and ear, which is why I have written "play/sing" - too often the singing is good, the acting week.

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