The Black Whale

The Black Whale (German: Der schwarze Walfisch) is a 1934 German drama film directed by Fritz Wendhausen and starring Emil Jannings, Angela Salloker and Max Gülstorff. It is based on the 1932 play Fanny by Marcel Pagnol.[1]

The Black Whale
Directed byFritz Wendhausen
Produced byWilli Wolff
Written by
Music byWalter Kollo
CinematographyEmil Schünemann
Edited by
  • W.L. Bagier
  • Alwin Elling
Release date
  • 2 March 1934 (1934-03-02)
Running time
98 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle. It was shot at the Halensee Studios in Berlin. Because the film had a Jewish producer it has some production issues due to the takeover of the Nazi Party. It premiered at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo.


The Black Whale (Der Schwarze Walfisch) is the German version of Marcel Pagnol’s master piece Fanny. Peter Petersen's son Martin abandoned his pregnant girlfriend Fanny to chase adventures on the sea. Peter Petersen then married Fanny with his friend Pannies, who adopted and raised the baby as his own. Martin return after several years determined to have Fanny and the child back.



  1. Hull p. 62


  • Hull, David Stewart (1969). Film in the Third Reich: a study of the German cinema, 1933–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-01489-3.
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