Zu neuen Ufern (1937)

(To New Shores)

To New Shores (German: Zu neuen Ufern) is a 1937 German drama film directed by Douglas Sirk (then Detlef Sierck) and starring Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel and Viktor Staal. It was Leander’s first film for the German studio UFA, and its success brought her into the front rank of the company’s stars. It was shot at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin.

Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Produced by: Bruno Duday
Written by: Lovis Hans Lorenz (novel)
Kurt Heuser
Douglas Sirk
Music by: Ralph Benatzky
Cinematography: Franz Weihmayr
Edited by: Milo Harbich
Production company: UFA
Distributed by: UFA
Release dates: 31 August 1937
Running time: 106 minutes
Country: Germany
Language: German

Starring:

Zarah Leander: Gloria Vane
Willy Birgel: Sir Albert Finsbury
Viktor Staal: Henry Hoyer
Carola Höhn: Mary Jones
Edwin Jürgensen: Governor Jones
Erich Ziegel: Dr. Magnus Hoyer
Hilde von Stolz: Fanny Hoyer
Jakob Tiedtke: Cheese producer Wells
Robert Dorsay: Bobby Wells
Ernst Legal: Stout
Siegfried Schürenberg: Captain Gilbert
Lina Lossen: Zuchthausvorsteherin in Paramatta
Lissy Arna: Prisoner Nelly
Herbert Hübner: Casino Director
Mady Rahl: Soubrette
Lina Carstens: Bänkelsängerin (story-singer)
Paul Bildt: Pastor and hairdresser

Plot:

Gloria Vane, a singer in Victorian London, takes the blame for her aristocratic lover Sir Albert Finsbury’s forging of cheques. She is sentenced to be transported to Australia. Sir Albert then refuses to marry her, which would have allowed her to be released from prison, because he has made a more important strategic match with Mary Jones, the daughter of the Governor of Sydney. Eventually Gloria marries a local farmer Henry Hoyer and goes to settle in rural Australia with him. Filled with remorse, Sir Albert shoots himself.

Zu Neuen Ufern

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