Große Freiheit Nr. 7

Große Freiheit Nr. 7
Directed by Helmut Käutner
Produced by Hans Tost
Written by Helmut Käutner and
Richard Nicolas
Starring Hans Albers
Music by Werner Eisbrenner
Cinematography Werner Krien
Edited by Anneliese Schönnenbeck
Distributed by Deutsche Filmvertriebs (DFV)
Release dates
  • 15 December 1944 (1944-12-15)
Running time
111 minutes
Country Nazi Germany
Language German

Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (Great Freedom No. 7) is a 1944 German musical drama film directed by Helmut Käutner. It was named after Große Freiheit (grand freedom), a street next to Hamburg's Reeperbahn road in the St. Pauli red light district.

The film is also known as Port of Freedom in the United Kingdom.

Plot summary

The film tells the story of the blond "singing sailor" Hannes Kröger (played by Hans Albers) who works in a St. Pauli club - address: Große Freiheit 7 - and falls in love with a girl played by Ilse Werner. But she prefers his rival Willem (Hans Söhnker) and Hannes returns to the sea.




Due to the threat of Allied bombing raids to Hamburg Harbour and to the Ufa studios in Berlin's Neubabelsberg and Tempelhof when it was made in 1943 (May to November), most of the movie was shot in Prague's Barrandov Studios by Helmut Käutner, as the first Agfa colorfilm by Terra. For a scene with a boat trip in Hamburg harbour warships had to be covered up.


postwar theatrical release poster

Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was dissatisfied, and demanded many changes to make the film more "German", for instance by renaming the lead role from Jonny (as in Albers' earlier hit song "Good bye, Jonny") to Hannes. After a year of editing, the movie was banned anyway in Nazi Germany on 12 December 1944,[1][2] and was only shown outside of the Großdeutsches Reich proper, with the premiere on 15 December 1944 in occupied Prague (then a Reichsprotektorat). It remained banned in Nazi Germany, opening on 6 September 1945 in Berlin's Filmbühne Wien after the Allied victory.


  1. Also wird die "Große Freiheit Nr. 7" für den Rest des Krieges verboten. –
  2. Der Film wurde 1944 von der Filmprüfstelle für die Aufführung in Deutschland verboten.Archived 26 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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