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The Chief Witness (film)

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The Chief Witness
Directed byGeorg Jacoby
Written byGeorge Clifford Marivale (play)
Johannes Eyken (play)
Bernd Hofmann
Georg C. Klaren
Karl Lerbs
Produced byHans Herbert Ulrich
Robert Wüllner
StarringIván Petrovich
Sybille Schmitz
Sabine Peters
CinematographyRobert Baberske
Edited byWolfgang Becker
Music byWalter Gronostay
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 21 April 1937 (1937-04-21)
Running time
84 minutes

The Chief Witness (German: Die Kronzeugin) is a 1937 German crime drama film directed by Georg Jacoby and starring Iván Petrovich, Sybille Schmitz and Sabine Peters.[1] [2] [3] It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin.[4] The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Hunte and Willy Schiller. Location shooting took place in the Krkonose Mountains in Czechoslovakia and Zugspitze in Bavaria.


Elise the former wife of composer Stefan Laurin begs him to recover some letters from a man who has been blackmailing her. When he gets to the man's apartment he finds him lying there dead, and becomes the leading suspect for his murder.



  1. ^ Giesen p.145
  2. ^ Rentschler p.280
  3. ^ Klaus p.92
  4. ^ Bock & Töteberg p.350


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Töteberg, Michael . Das Ufa-Buch. Zweitausendeins, 1992.
  • Giesen, Rolf. The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy. McFarland, 2019.
  • Klaus, Ulrich J. Deutsche Tonfilme: Jahrgang 1937. Klaus-Archiv, 1988.
  • Rentschler, Eric. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife. Harvard University Press, 1996.

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