The Gallant Hussar

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The Gallant Hussar
Directed by Géza von Bolváry
Produced by Hermann Fellner
Josef Somlo
Written by Arthur Bárdos
Margarete-Maria Langen
Starring Ivor Novello
Evelyn Holt
Hilde Hildebrand
Paul Hörbiger
Cinematography Eduard Hoesch
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service
Deutsche Fox
Release date
September 1928
Running time
6,666 feet[1]
Country German
United Kingdom
Language Silent
English/German intertitles

The Gallant Hussar (German: Der fesche Husar) is a 1928 German-British romance film directed by Géza von Bolváry and starring Ivor Novello, Evelyn Holt and Paul Hörbiger.[2] It was based on a story by the Hungarian writer Arthur Bárdos and Margarete-Maria Langen.

The film was a co-production made under an agreement between Gainsborough Pictures and the German studio Felsom-Film and was shot in Berlin. After the passage of the Cinematograph Films Act 1927 by the British Parliament it was classified under the terms of the Act as a foreign film and only received a limited release in Britain.[3] It is also known under the alternative title The Bold Dragoon. It is now considered a lost film.[4]

Along with A South Sea Bubble (1928), the film marked a significant change in the role played by Novello. He had previously appeared as unsettled, outsider figures in films such as The Lodger, but from now on played more well-balanced romantic figures.[5]


The daughter of an American millionaire falls in love with a Hungarian hussar officer during a visit to the Austrian Empire.



  1. ^ Low p.370
  2. ^
  3. ^ Bergfelder & Cargnelli p.42
  4. ^ Williams p.167-168
  5. ^ Williams p.6


  • Bergfelder, Tim & Cargnelli, Christian. Destination London: German-speaking emigrés and British cinema, 1925–1950. Berghahn Books, 2008.
  • Low, Rachel. The History of British Film: Volume IV, 1918–1929. Routledge, 1997.
  • Slattery-Christy, David. In Search of Ruritania. AuthorHouse, 2008.
  • Williams, Michael. Ivor Novello: Screen Idol. BFI, 2003.

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