Ride to Freedom

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Ride to Freedom
Directed by Karl Hartl
Produced by Alfred Greven
Written by Edmund Strzygowski
Walter Supper
Karl Hartl
Starring Willy Birgel
Viktor Staal
Hansi Knoteck
Ursula Grabley
Music by Wolfgang Zeller
Cinematography Otto Baecker
Günther Rittau
Edited by Gertrud Hinz-Nischwitz
Distributed by UFA
Release date
14 January 1937
Running time
92 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Ride to Freedom (German:Ritt in die Freiheit) is a 1937 German historical war film directed by Karl Hartl and starring Willy Birgel, Viktor Staal and Hansi Knoteck. The film is set in the 1830s during Poland's November Uprising against the Russian Empire. It portrays the rehabilitation of a Polish cavalry officer whose initial reluctance to engage the enemy leads to the death of his comrades, but later dies fighting bravely.

The film was made by German's leading studio UFA. UFA received co-operation from the Polish War Ministry who supplied 5th Regiment of Zaslaw Uhlans for the filming of battles scenes that took place around Ostroleka in Poland. The Polish ambassador to Germany Józef Lipski attended the film's premiere at the Palast-am-Zoo in Berlin on 14 January 1937. Around the same time Germany and Poland, future enemies in the Second World War, co-produced two films together Augustus the Strong and Adventure in Warsaw.[1]



  1. ^ Kreimeier p.283


  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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