Des Teufels General

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Des Teufels General
Directed by Helmut Käutner
Produced by Walter Koppel
Richard Gordon
Written by Carl Zuckmayer
Gyula Trebitsch
Helmut Käutner
George Hurdalek
Starring Curd Jürgens
Marianne Koch
Viktor de Kowa
Karl John
Eva Ingeborg Scholz
Harry Meyen
Cinematography Albert Benitz
Edited by Klaus Dudenhöfer
Distributed by Europa-Filmverleih AG
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release dates
23 February 1955 (1955-02-23)
Running time
117 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Des Teufels General (English: The Devil's General) is a 1955 black and white film based on the play by Carl Zuckmayer. The film features Curd Jürgens as Harras, Marianne Koch as Dorothea 'Diddo' Geiss, Viktor de Kowa as SS-Gruppenführer Schmidt-Lausitz, Eva Ingeborg Scholz as Waltraut 'Pützchen' Mohrungen, and Harry Meyen as Leutnant Hartmann. At the German Film Awards of 1955 Marianne Koch won the Film Award in Silver for Outstanding Individual Achievement: Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.


The title character is one Luftwaffe General Harras, who is critical of the Third Reich and the wartime attempt to conquer Europe: the story is set in 1941. As he continually attacks the leadership, he is slowly suspected of what may be treason. It leads to friends turning into enemies and suspicion from the SS and Gestapo.


  • Curd Jürgens as Harras, whose character is based upon actual German Luftwaffe General Ernst Udet.
  • Bum Krüger as Lüttjohann, Harras's adjutant.
  • Paul Westermeier as Korrianke, Harras's Chauffeur.
  • Albert Lieven as Friedrich Eilers, Colonel & leader of the war front and military.
  • Harry Meyen as Hartmann, aviation officer.
  • Hans Daniel as Hastenteuffel, aviation officer.
  • Beppo Brem as Pfundtmayer, aviation officer.
  • Karl Ludwig Diehl as Sigbert von Mohrungen, raw materials purchasing director.
  • Werner Fuetterer as Baron Pflungk, Attaché for the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Viktor de Kowa as Dr. Schmidt-Lausitz, SS-Officer.
  • Karl John as Oberbruch, Engineer in the Air-Travel Ministry.
  • Erica Balqué as Anne Eilers, wife of Friedrich Eilers.
  • Eva Ingeborg Scholz as Waltraut von Mohrungen, who goes by the alias Pützchen. Anne's sister.
  • Camilla Spira as Olivia Geiss, diva.
  • Marianne Koch as Diddo Geiss, Olivia's niece; love interest of General Harras, despite how much younger than him she is.
  • Ingrid van Bergen as Lyra Schoeppke, named "die Tankstelle," which means "The Gas Station."
  • Inge Meysel as Frau Korrianke.
  • Joseph Offenbach as Zernick, Hauptsturmführer.
  • Wolfgang Neuss as Polizei-Fotograf.
  • Robert Meyn as von Stetten, Generalleutnant.
  • Werner Riepel as Kleinschmidt,, Göring's Chauffeur.
  • Werner Schumacher as SS-Wachtmeister.
  • Wolfried Lier as Herr Detlev, restaurant waiter.[1]


  1. Zuckmayer, Carl. "Des Teufels General." ISBN 978-3-596-27019-4

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