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Gustav Fröhlich

Highest Rated:   99% Metropolis (1927)
Lowest Rated:   99% Metropolis (1927)
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Gustav Fröhlich is best remembered to international audiences for his performance as Freder, the young hero of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927). The role was an unexpected turn in a career that was already highly varied before he began acting. Born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Fröhlich (also often credited as Gustav Froehlich) began his dramatic career when he arrived Berlin in 1921, at the age of 19. He had already worked as a journalist and dime novelist, and as a variety-show emcee. What success he enjoyed as an actor was limited entirely to the stage, where he worked with producers such as Max Reinhardt and Erwin Piscator. Onscreen, Fröhlich's one major success of the early '20s was his portrayal of Franz Liszt in Paganini (1922). Fate took a hand in 1926, however, when Fröhlich was cast in a relatively anonymous role in Fritz Lang's Metropolis -- the original leading man, André Mattoni, portraying the young hero, walked off the set during shooting, infuriated over the hardships imposed by Lang, and Fröhlich was pulled out of the ranks of the extras in the cast and thrust into the lead. Though his range was limited in the role, his often overwrought portrayal -- whether expressing horror or joy -- fit well in a film that was filled with symbolic characters, and though the movie was not a success at the time, it established Fröhlich as a leading man. After that, Fröhlich was typecast as the fresh-faced, naïve "boy next door." His subsequent movies included Heimkehr (1928) and Asphalt (1929), by Joe May; Voruntersuchung (1931), by Robert Siodmak; and Die Verliebte Firma (1932), by Max Ophüls. Many of Fröhlich's films of the early '30s were lighthearted musicals and romances, and Metropolis was far and away the most important movie in which Fröhlich ever appeared. He later had a brush with notoriety when he left his first wife, actress/singer Gitta Alpar, to take up with Lida Baarova, the actress and also the future lover of Dr. Josef Goebbels (the head of the Nazi government propaganda machine and one of the most powerful and feared men in Germany during the Hitler era). Fröhlich remained in Germany during the Hitler regime and became a movie director after World War II, helming and also writing a handful of feature films in the postwar era. Fröhlich also continued to act on-stage, and in film and television, into the 1960s. He spent the last 30 years of his life living in Switzerland, and died of complications from surgery in 1987, at age 85. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Eine alltägliche Geschichte
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Frau Sixta
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet In geheimer Mission
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Die Stunde Der Versuchung
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Voruntersuchung
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Alles Schwindel
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Der große König (The Great King)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Die Sünderin (Sunderin)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Abenteuer in Wien (Adventures in Vienna)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Complete Metropolis
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Liebeskommando (Love's Command)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Tolle Nacht
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Clarissa
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Gleisdreieck
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Barcarole
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Die verliebte Firma (The Company's in Love)
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Zwei Menschen (Two Gentlemen)
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Asphalt
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Heimkehr (Homecoming)
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Die elf Teufel
  • Actor
1927
99% Metropolis
  • Actor
$0.6M 1927

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