Viennese Girls

Viennese Girls (German: Wiener Mädeln) is a 1945 historical musical film directed by Willi Forst and starring Forst, Anton Edthofer and Judith Holzmeister. The film was made by Wien-Film, a Vienna-based company set up after Austria had been incorporated into Greater Germany following the 1938 Anschluss. It was the third film in Forst's "Viennese Trilogy" which also included Operetta (1940) and Vienna Blood (1942). The film was finished in 1945, during the closing days of the Second World War. This led to severe delays in its release, which eventually took place in 1949 in two separate versions. One was released by the Soviet-backed Sovexport in the Eastern Bloc and the other by Forst.[1]

Viennese Girls
Directed byWilli Forst
Produced byWilli Forst
Written byFranz Gribitz
Erich Meder
Willi Forst
StarringWilli Forst
Anton Edthofer
Judith Holzmeister
Dora Komar
Music byKarl Pauspertl
Willy Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyViktor Meihsl
Jan Stallich
Hannes Staudinger
Edited byHermann Leitner
Josefine Ramerstorfer
Hans Wolff
Distributed bySascha Film (Austria)
Sovexport (E.Germany)
Release date
19 August 1949 (E. Germany)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryAustria (Part of Greater Germany)


The composer Carl Michael Ziehrer produces twenty two operettas during his career, although he is overshadowed by the more successful Strauss Family.


See also


  1. Hake p.167-168


  • Hake, Sabine. Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press, 2001.

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