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The Higher Command

The Higher Command
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Directed byGerhard Lamprecht
Written by
Produced byBruno Duday
Edited byMilo Harbich
Music by
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 30 December 1935 (1935-12-30)
Running time
93 minutes

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. Produced and distributed by UFA, it was shot at the company's Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle.

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.[1] The film was praised by the Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels as "a national and engrossing film".[2]


During the Napoleonic Wars, a Prussian army officer assists a British diplomat to construct an alliance to defeat Napoleon's France.[3]



  1. ^ Kreimeier p. 277–278
  2. ^ Kreimeier p. 278
  3. ^ Kreimeier p. 277


  • Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22069-0.
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