Premiere (1937 film)

Premiere is a 1937 Austrian musical crime film directed by Géza von Bolváry and starring Zarah Leander, Attila Hörbiger and Karl Martell. The wealthy backer of a Viennese musical revue is murdered on the first night of the show. It was Leander's first German language role after previously appearing in Swedish films.[1] On the basis of her performance in the film, Leander was signed by the German Major studio UFA after their major rival, Tobis, had decided she had insufficient star appeal.[2] Her next film To New Shores established Leander as the leading star in Germany.

Directed byGéza von Bolváry
Produced by
  • Franz Hoffermann
  • Walter W. Trinks
Written by
  • Friedrich Dammann
  • Hanns Schachner
  • Max Wallner
Music byWilly Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyFranz Planer
Edited byHermann Haller
Distributed byTobis-Sascha Film
Release date
  • 5 February 1937 (1937-02-05)
Running time
82 minutes

In 1938 the film was remade in Britain with many of the original musical numbers re-used.

Main cast


  1. Ascheid p. 157
  2. Knopp p. 222


  • Ascheid, Antje (2003). Hitler's Heroines: Stardom and Womanhood in Nazi Cinema. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-56639-984-5.
  • Knopp, Guido (2003). Hitler's Women. Translated by McGeoch, Angus. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-94730-5.
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