|Produced by||Gunther Stapenhorst|
|Written by||Gerhard Menzel (Idea: Edgar von Spiegel von und zu Peckelsheim)|
|Music by||Herbert Windt|
|Distributed by||Universum Film AG (UFa)|
The film offered a heroization of death, with the captain explicitly stating that Germans may not know how to live, but they know how to die. In a central scene, the captain of the submarine offers to his men that he and the first officer will go down with the ship in order that they may escape; they refuse on the grounds it will be all or none of them, and the captain glorifies the chance to die with such men, a theme that commonly appeared in Nazi-era films.
The first officer, having learned that the woman he loves is in love with captain, not himself, and another sailor commit suicide to save the others – a common way to resolve love triangles in Nazi films, where the heroic death saves the man from failure.
- Rudolf Forster - Kapitanleutnant Helmut Liers
- Fritz Genschow - Oberleutnant 'Phipps' Fredericks
- Adele Sandrock - Liers' Mother
- Camilla Spira - GreteJaul, Fredericks' girl
- Paul Westermeier - Seaman Jaul
- Gerhard Bienert - Seaman Böhm
- Friedrich Gnaß - Juraczik
- Franz Nicklisch - Petermann
- Hans Leibelt - Bürgermeister von Meerskirchen
- Else Knott - Helga, Jaul's girl
- Eduard von Winterstein - Hauptmann Kolch
The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awarded it with Best Foreign Film for 1933.
- E. Baron v. Spiegel on IMDb; Joerg Friedrich Vollmer: Imaginaere Schlachtfelder. Kriegsliteratur in der Weimarer Republik – eine literatursoziologische Untersuchung. PhD Thesis, Freie Universitaet Berlin 2003 (Chapter 5, p 413) Online Edition
- Baird, p. 8
- Leiser, pp. 20
- Leiser, pp. 20–21
- Leiser, pp. 21
- "New York Times: Morgenrot (1933)". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-10-31.