The Black Hussar (1932 film)

The Black Hussar (German: Der schwarze Husar) is a 1932 German historical drama film directed by Gerhard Lamprecht and starring Bernhard Goetzke, Conrad Veidt, Mady Christians, and Wolf Albach-Retty. It premièred at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo on 12 October 1932, part of a whole string of 'patriotic' movies released in the late days of the Weimar Republic.

The Black Hussar
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Directed byGerhard Lamprecht
Produced byBruno Duday
Written by
Music byEduard Künneke
CinematographyFranz Planer
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 12 October 1932 (1932-10-12)
Running time
94 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Robert Herlth and Walter Röhrig. It was short at the Babelsberg Studios and on location around Schwedt in Brandenburg.


In 1812, during the French period, large parts of Germany are occupied by the troops of Napoleon. Several paramilitary Freikorps units battle the French forces, among them the Black Brunswickers led by the 'Black Duke' Frederick William of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. After the War of the Fifth Coalition, the Black Hussars are pursued by Napoleon throughout the country, but frequently take refuge with the noble-minded German people.

While the Duke has taken a passage to the Isle of Wight, his cavalry officer (Rittmeister) Hansgeorg von Hochberg and his friend Lieutenant Aribert von Blome hide away in an inn with two young women. They hear of the plans evolved by the French governor Darmont to abduct Duke Frederick William's bride, Princess Marie of Baden, to marry her to the Polish prince Potovski.

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