The Rebel (1932 film)

The Rebel (German: Der Rebell) is a 1932 German historical drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt, Edwin H. Knopf, and Luis Trenker and starring Trenker, Luise Ullrich, and Victor Varconi. The film's art direction was by Fritz Maurischat. It was made by the German subsidiary of Universal Pictures, with location shooting in Austria and St. Moritz, Switzerland. Interior scenes were filmed at the Tempelhof Studios. A separate English language version The Rebel was released the following year. The film is part of the Mountain film genre.

The Rebel
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
Story byLuis Trenker
Music byGiuseppe Becce
Edited by
Distributed byDeutsche Universal-Film
Release date
  • December 22, 1932 (1932-12-22) (Germany)
Running time
82 minutes

Trenker stated that the film's plotline of a Tyrolean mountaineer Severin Anderlan leading a revolt against occupying French forces in 1809, during the Napoleonic Wars. The greatest Tirolean patriot Andreas Hofer was a proto-type of "Severin Anderlan" (both died in the same year!).. Trenker was designed to mirror what was happening in contemporary Germany as it rejected the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.[1] In 1933 there was published Luis Trenker's novel, Der Rebell. Ein Freiheitsroman aus den Bergen Tirols.


  • Luis Trenker as Severin Anderlan
  • Luise Ullrich as Erika Rieder
  • Victor Varconi as Kapitän Leroy, Oberkommandant von St. Vigil
  • Ludwig Stössel as Riederer, Amtshauptmann von St. Vigil
  • Olga Engl as Severins Mutter
  • Erika Dannhoff as Gerrud Anderlan
  • Fritz Kampers as Offizier Raidthofer
  • Arthur Grosse as General Drouet
  • Amanda Lindner as Frau Drouet
  • Albert Schultes as Jakob Harrasser
  • Reinhold Bernt as Krahvogel
  • Otto Kronburger as Pater Mdardus
  • Emmerich Albert as Bergführer Hagspiel
  • Hans Jamnig as Bergführer Klotz
  • Hugo Lehner as Französischer Soldat
  • Luis Gerold as Bergführer Rabenstein
  • Inge Conradi as Kathrin, Hagspiel's Freundin


  1. Prawer p. 207.
  • Prawer, Siegbert Salomon (2005). Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910–1933. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-84545-074-8.
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