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Swelling Melodies

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Swelling Melodies
Directed byE.W. Fiedler
Written by
  • Erich Arnold
  • Jarmila Ksírová
  • Sonja Schöner
CinematographyE.W. Fiedler
Edited byDEFA
Music byJohann Strauss (operetta)
Distributed byVEB Progress Film
Release date
20 May 1955
Running time
82 minutes
CountryEast Germany

Swelling Melodies (German: Rauschende Melodien) is a 1955 East German musical film directed by E.W. Fiedler and starring Erich Arnold, Jarmila Ksírová and Sonja Schöner.[1] It is an adaptation of the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II and Richard Genée and was part of a tradition of operetta films in German cinema.. It was released in 1955, and sold 4,968,582 tickets.[2]

It was made by the state-backed DEFA studios. The film's sets were designed by Artur Günther.


  • Erich Arnold as Gabriel von Eisenstein
  • Jarmila Ksírová as Rosalinde von Eisenstein
  • Sonja Schöner as Adele
  • Herbert Kiper as Dr. Falke
  • Gerd Frickhöffer as Prinz Orlofsky
  • Rolf Weih as Alfred
  • Hans Wocke as Gefängnisdirektor Frank
  • Joseph Egger as Gefängniswärter Frosch
  • Elvira Sternbeck as Ida
  • Hans Klering as Dr. Blind
  • Hans Alexander as Gefangener
  • Günter Beurenmeister as Verehrer
  • Kurt Bobeth-Bolander as Bersitz
  • Ursula Dücker as Dame
  • Christine Fischer as Dame
  • Walter Grimm as Herr
  • Ernst Paul Hempel as Briefträger
  • Hella Jansen as Dame
  • Günter Klostermann as Offizier
  • Gerhard Lau as Diener
  • Anna Lindemann as Dame
  • Herbert Mewes-Conti as Verehrer
  • Walter Salow as Diener
  • Nico Turoff as Diener
  • Ernst Ullrich as Gefangener
  • Inka Unverzagt as Dame
  • Teddy Wulff as Verehrer



  • Liehm, Mira & Liehm, Antonín J. The Most Important Art: Eastern European Film After 1945. University of California Press, 1977.

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