The Gallant Hussar

The Gallant Hussar (German: Der fesche Husar) is a 1928 German-British romance film directed by Géza von Bolváry and starring Ivor Novello, Evelyn Holt, and Paul Hörbiger.[2] It was based on a story by the Hungarian writer Arthur Bárdos and Margarete-Maria Langen.

The Gallant Hussar
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Directed byGéza von Bolváry
Produced by
Written by
CinematographyEduard Hoesch
Distributed by
Release date
September 1928
Running time
6,666 feet[1]
  • German
  • United Kingdom

The film was a co-production made under an agreement between Gainsborough Pictures and the German studio Felsom-Film and was shot in Berlin. After the passage of the Cinematograph Films Act 1927 by the British Parliament it was classified under the terms of the Act as a foreign film and only received a limited release in Britain.[3] It is also known under the alternative title The Bold Dragoon. It is now considered a lost film.[4]

Along with A South Sea Bubble (1928), the film marked a significant change in the role played by Novello. He had previously appeared as unsettled, outsider figures in films such as The Lodger, but from now on played more well-balanced romantic figures.[5]


The daughter of an American millionaire falls in love with a Hungarian hussar officer during a visit to the Austrian Empire.



  1. ^ Low, p. 370.
  2. ^ "Der FESCHE HUSAR (1928)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bergfelder & Cargnelli, p. 42.
  4. ^ Williams, pp. 167–168.
  5. ^ Williams, p. 6.


  • Bergfelder, Tim; Cargnelli, Christian, eds. (2008). Destination London: German-Speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925–1950. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-019-7.
  • Low, Rachael (1997) [1971]. The History of British Film. Volume IV, 1918–1929. Hoboken, NJ: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-136-20634-4. |volume= has extra text (help)
  • Slattery-Christy, David (2008). In Search of Ruritania: Ivor Novello. Milton Keynes: AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-5403-9082-0.
  • Williams, Michael (2003). Ivor Novello: Screen Idol. London: British Film Institute. ISBN 978-0-85170-982-6.

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