William Tell (1934 film)

William Tell (German: Wilhelm Tell) is a 1934 German-Swiss historical film directed by Heinz Paul and starring Hans Marr, Conrad Veidt and Emmy Göring. It is based on the 1804 play William Tell by Friedrich Schiller about the Swiss folk hero William Tell. It was made in Germany by Terra Film, with a separate English-language version supervised by Manning Haynes also being released. While working on the film Veidt, who had recently given sympathetic performances of Jews in Jew Suss (1934) and The Wandering Jew, was detained by the authorities. It was only after pressure from the British Foreign Office that he was eventually released.[1] It is also known by the alternative title The Legend of William Tell.

William Tell
Directed byHeinz Paul
Produced byRalph Scotoni
Written byFriedrich Schiller (play)
Hans Curjel
Hanns Johst
Max Maxudian
Wilhelm Stöppler
Heinz Paul
StarringHans Marr
Conrad Veidt
Emmy Göring
Olaf Bach
Music byMarceau Van Hoorebecke
Herbert Windt
Jean Yatove
CinematographySepp Allgeier
Franz Josef Dahinden
Franz Weihmayr
Edited byPaul May
Lena Neumann
Schweizer Film-Finanzierungs
Distributed byTerra-Filmkunst (Germany)
Release date
12 January 1934
Running time
99 minutes


See also


  1. Bergfelder & Cargnelli p.148


  • Bergfelder, Tim & Cargnelli, Christian. Destination London: German-speaking Emigres and British Cinema, 1925–1950. Berghahn Books, 2008.
  • Hull, David Stewart. Film in the Third Reich: A Study of the German Cinema, 1933–1945. University of California Press, 1969.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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