Des Teufels General

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 General Harras, Marianne Koch, Viktor de Kowa, Karl John, Eva Ingeborg Scholz, and Harry Meyen.


Nazi Germany in 1941: the title character is Luftwaffe General Harras, a highly decorated World War I veteran contemptuous of the Third Reich and the World War II attempt to conquer Europe. Initially courted by SS officials he continually mocks the Nazi leadership, which leads to friends turning into enemies and suspicion from SS and Gestapo of what may be treason. He is temporarily arrested by order of Heinrich Himmler, and after his release is determined to break his deal with the devil. He backs the sabotage action of his flight engineer, threatens an SS officer at gunpoint and finally crashes his aircraft into the conning tower of his airbase.



Swedish Ju 86 (1976)

The literary model by Zuckmayer is based on the fate of his friend, Luftwaffe general Ernst Udet, who committed suicide in 1941. The film was shot in Hamburg and Berlin using Junkers Ju 86 aircraft provided by the Swedish Air Force.

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.


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

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