Abdul the Damned

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Abdul the Damned
"Abdul the Damned" (1935).jpg
Directed by Karl Grune
Produced by Max Schach
Written by Robert Neumann
Ashley Dukes
Roger Burford
Warren Chetham-Strode
Emeric Pressburger
Curt Siodmak
Starring Fritz Kortner
Nils Asther
John Stuart
Adrienne Ames
Music by Hanns Eisler
Cinematography Otto Kanturek
Edited by A.C. Hammond
Walter Stokvis
Alliance-Capital Productions
Distributed by Wardour Films (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1935 (1935) (United Kingdom)
  • 10 May 1936 (1936-05-10) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £50,000[1]

Abdul the Damned is a 1935 British drama film directed by Karl Grune and starring Fritz Kortner, Nils Asther and John Stuart.[2] It was made at the British International Pictures studios by Alliance-Capitol Productions. It is set in the Ottoman Empire in the years before the First World War, where the eponymous absolutist Sultan Abdul Hamid II and the republican Young Turks battle for power. It is also known as Abdul Hamid.


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times wrote, "Although the film achieves a few moments of dramatic interest—chiefly through the performance of the Continental Fritz Kortner—it is in the main a tedious and uninspired biography, scarred by hypodermic injections of stale melodrama" ; [3] whereas Film Weekly found it "magnificently acted by Fritz Kortner. Interesting, impressive and, for the most part, gripping entertainment." [4]



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.

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