The Last Company

The Last Company (German: Die letzte Kompagnie) is a 1930 German war film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Conrad Veidt, Karin Evans and Erwin Kalser.[1] It was part of the popular cycle of Prussian films which portrayed patriotic scenes from Prussian history. The film's art direction was overseen by Andrej Andrejew. It was shot on location around Havelland in Brandenburg. It is also known by the alternative title Thirteen Men and a Girl. It was later remade in 1967 as A Handful of Heroes.

The Last Company
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Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Produced byJoe May
Written by
Music by
CinematographyGünther Krampf
Edited byCarl Winston
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 14 March 1930 (1930-03-14)
Running time
79 minutes


Following the Battle of Jena in 1806 as the French armies commanded by Napoleon overrun Prussia, a small detachment of Prussian troops take up position in a windmill and resolve fight to the last man to hold them off for as long as possible. Meanwhile, the windmill owner's daughter chooses to stay and fight alongside them.



  1. ^ Bock & Bergfelder p. 315


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.

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