Midsummer Night's Fire

Midsummer Night's Fire or St. John's Fire (German: Johannisfeuer) is a 1939 German drama film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Anna Dammann, Ernst von Klipstein, and Gertrud Meyen.[1] The film is based on the play Fires of St. John by Hermann Sudermann. The title refers to St John's Eve.

Midsummer Night's Fire
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Directed byArthur Maria Rabenalt
Produced byErnst Günter Techow
Screenplay by
Based onFires of St. John
by Hermann Sudermann
Music byHerbert Windt
CinematographyWilly Winterstein
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 3 November 1939 (1939-11-03)
Running time
83 minutes

The film's art direction was by Carl Böhm [de] and Erich Czerwonski. Location shooting took place in Prenzlau and around Masuria in East Prussia. It was remade in 1954 as Love is Forever.


After many years in Africa, a man returns to his village in East Prussia to marry his intended bride. However, he finds himself drawn to another girl and contemplates running away with her.



  1. ^ Williams p. 150


  • Williams, Alan (2002). Film and Nationalism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-3040-6.

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