To New Shores

To New Shores
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Produced by Bruno Duday
Written by Lovis Hans Lorenz (novel)
Kurt Heuser
Douglas Sirk
Starring Zarah Leander
Willy Birgel
Viktor Staal
Carola Höhn
Music by Ralph Benatzky
Cinematography Franz Weihmayr
Edited by Milo Harbich
Distributed by UFA
Release dates
31 August 1937
Running time
106 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

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.[1] It was shot at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin.


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.[2]

Main cast


  1. Ascheid p.177
  2. Ascheid p.177-184


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