Abdul the Damned (film)

Abdul the Damned is a 1935 British drama film directed by Karl Grune and starring Fritz Kortner, Nils Asther and John Stuart.[2] It was made at the British International Pictures studios by Alliance-Capitol Productions. It is set in the Ottoman Empire in the years before the First World War, where the eponymous absolutist Sultan Abdul Hamid II and the republican Young Turks battle for power. It is also known as Abdul Hamid.

Abdul the Damned
Directed byKarl Grune
Produced byMax Schach
Written byRobert Neumann
Ashley Dukes
Roger Burford
Warren Chetham-Strode
Emeric Pressburger
Curt Siodmak
StarringFritz Kortner
Nils Asther
John Stuart
Adrienne Ames
Music byHanns Eisler
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited byA.C. Hammond
Walter Stokvis
Alliance-Capital Productions
Distributed byWardour Films (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1935 (1935) (United Kingdom)
  • 10 May 1936 (1936-05-10) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "Although the film achieves a few moments of dramatic interest—chiefly through the performance of the Continental Fritz Kortner—it is in the main a tedious and uninspired biography, scarred by hypodermic injections of stale melodrama";[3] whereas Film Weekly found it "magnificently acted by Fritz Kortner. Interesting, impressive and, for the most part, gripping entertainment."[4]



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
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