S.O.S. Eisberg

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S.O.S. Eisberg
German theatrical release poster
Directed byArnold Fanck
Produced by
Written byEdwin H. Knopf
Screenplay byTom Reed
Story byArnold Fanck
Friedrich Wolf (uncredited)
Music byPaul Dessau
Edited by
  • Hermann Haller
  • Andrew Marton
Deutsche Universal-Film
Distributed by
  • Deutsche Universal-Film
  • Universal Pictures
Release date
  • 30 August 1933 (1933-08-30) (Germany)
  • 22 September 1933 (1933-09-22) (USA)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryGermany, US
LanguageGerman, English

S.O.S. Eisberg (S.O.S. Iceberg) is a 1933 German-US pre-Code drama film directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Gibson Gowland, Rod La Roque, and Ernst Udet. Written by Tom Reed based on a story by Arnold Fanck and Friedrich Wolf (uncredited in the credits after the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 because he was Jewish and a member of the Communist Party of Germany), the film is about an Arctic expedition that goes in search of a party that was lost the previous year.

S.O.S. Eisberg was filmed on location in Umanak, on the west coast of Greenland, in Iceland, and in the Bernina Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland.[1] It was filmed simultaneously in German and English, and released by Universal Studios in both Nazi Germany and the United States. The film premiered on 30 August 1933 in Berlin.

Among its stars were Leni Riefenstahl, who had just made her directorial debut in The Blue Light (1932). Riefenstahl co-starred with Gustav Diessl and Ernst Udet in the German version S.O.S. Eisberg, and with Gibson Gowland and Rod La Rocque in the English version S.O.S. Iceberg.


German version
English version


S.O.S. Eisberg was filmed on location in Umanak, on the west coast of Greenland, in Iceland, and in the Bernina Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland.[1][2]


The film was a box office disappointment for Universal.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "S.O.S. Iceberg: Notes". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. ^ “S.O.S. Iceberg is Unbelievably Beautiful” Universal weekly vol 33#6:18-19, 21 Oct 1933. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  3. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/101193306?accountid=13902


  • Fanck, Arnold (1933). S.O.S. Eisberg. Mit Dr. Fanck u. Ernst Udet in Groenland. Die Groenland-Expedition des Universal-Films S.O.S. Eisberg. München: F. BruckmannAG OCLC 219890420.
  • Riefenstahl, Leni (1933) Kampf in Schee und Eis. Leipzig: Hesse und Bacher Verlag.
  • Sorge, Ernst (1935). With Plane, Boat, and Camera in Greenland: An Account of the Universal Dr. Fanck Greenland expedition. London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd.
  • Riefenstahl, Leni (1995). A Memoir. New York: Picador; ISBN 0-312-11926-7, pp. 104, 108–122, 131, 133–134.

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