The Black Forest Girl (1950 film)

The Black Forest Girl (German: Schwarzwaldmädel) is a 1950 West German drama film directed by Hans Deppe and starring Paul Hörbiger, Sonja Ziemann and Rudolf Prack.[1] It is based on the 1917 operetta of the same title by Leon Jessel and August Neidhart. The film was a huge commercial success, both the biggest hit that year and the most popular film since the war. Within two years fourteen million tickets were sold in West Germany, and on the strength of it Sonja Ziemann and Rudolf Prack topped the popularity charts and received Bambi awards.[2]

The Black Forest Girl
Directed byHans Deppe
Produced byKurt Ulrich
Written by
Based onThe Black Forest Girl
by August Neidhart
Music by
CinematographyKurt Schulz
Edited byMargarete Steinborn
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 7 September 1950 (1950-09-07)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's success revived the popularity of Heimatfilm, which came to dominate the German box office over the coming decade.[3]


It was made at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin while Location shooting took place in the Black Forest. The film's sets were designed by the art director Gabriel Pellon. Shot in Agfacolour, it was the first colour film to be shot in western Germany since the Second World War. An East German production Heart of Stone was also made in colour the same year.[4]



  1. Pommerin p. 182
  2. Braun & Marven p. 66
  3. Braun & Marven p. 66
  4. Braun & Marven p. 66


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.
  • Braun, Rebecca; Marven, Lyn, eds. (2010). Cultural Impact in the German Context: Studies in Transmission, Reception, and Influence. Camden House. ISBN 978-1-57113-430-1.
  • Pommerin, Reiner, ed. (1997). The American Impact on Postwar Germany. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-095-3.
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