Daybreak (1954 film)

Daybreak (German: Morgengrauen) is a 1954 West German drama film directed by Viktor Tourjansky and starring Hans Stüwe, Elisabeth Müller and Alexander Kerst.[1]

Directed byViktor Tourjansky
Produced byFranz Seitz
Written by
  • Hubert Miketta (novel)
  • Werner P. Zibaso
Music byLothar Brühne
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund
Edited byMargot von Schlieffen
Ariston Film
Distributed byNeue Filmverleih
Release date
  • 2 September 1954 (1954-09-02)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's sets were designed by the art director Arne Flekstad. Filming took place at the Bavaria Studios. It was also shot on location in Munich and Hamburg.


After eight years as a prisoner of war of the Soviets, a German pilot returns home and becomes involved in the scheme to revive German civil aviation with Lufthansa. His new life is threatened, however, when he is put on trial for the execution of a captured British RAF pilot during the war.



  1. Silberman p. 131


  • Silberman, Marc (1995). German Cinema: Texts in Context. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-2560-5.
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