Catherine the Last

Catherine the Last (German: Katharina, die Letzte) is a 1936 Austrian romantic comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Franciska Gaal, Hans Holt and Hans Olden.[1] It was made by the Austrian subsidiary of Universal Pictures. After making the film Koster moved to Hollywood. In 1938 the film was remade in America as The Girl Downstairs with Gaal reprising her role.

Catherine the Last
Hans Holt and Franciska Gaal
Directed byHenry Koster
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byAlexander Hunyady (novel)
Károly Nóti
Felix Jackson
StarringFranciska Gaal
Hans Holt
Hans Olden
Otto Wallburg
Music byNicholas Brodszky
Hans J. Salter
CinematographyTheodore J. Pahle
Edited byViktor Gertler
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 30 August 1936 (1936-08-30)


After Hans is frustrated in his attempts to see his girlfriend Sybill by her overprotective business tycoon father, he attempts to gain entry into the house by romancing the family's kitchen maid. While at first he simply uses her as a ruse, he eventually falls in love with her instead.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.257


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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