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The Blue Hour (German: Die blaue Stunde) is a 1953 West German comedy film directed by Veit Harlan and starring Kristina Söderbaum, Hans Nielsen and Kurt Kreuger.

The Blue Hour
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Directed byVeit Harlan
Written byVeit Harlan
StarringKristina Söderbaum
Hans Nielsen
Kurt Kreuger
Music byFranz Grothe
CinematographyWerner Krien
Edited byWalter Boos
Distributed byPanorama-Film
Release date
5 March 1953
Running time
100 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Production began on the film in October 1952. It was shot at studios in Göttingen and on location on the island of Capri.[1] The film's sets were designed by the art director Walter Haag. Because of public protests against his wartime role as a Nazi filmmaker, Harlan considered turning over the project to his colleague Geza von Bolvary but eventually decided to direct it himself.[2]

It was the third film of a post-war comeback for the husband and wife team Harlan and Söderbaum, but was much less commercially successful than the two previous films the melodramas Immortal Beloved and Hanna Amon.[3]




  1. ^ Noack p.307
  2. ^ Noack p.307
  3. ^ Noack p.308


  • Noack, Frank. Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.

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