Henry Koster’s FRAULEIN (1958)

Watching the DVD of Henry Koster’s FRAULEIN (1958) from 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives was one of my most frustrating classic film viewing experiences in recent memory. You can read all about it in my review at Cinema Sentries.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of stars Dana Wynter, Mel Ferrer, Theodore Bikel, Dolores Michaels, Maggie Hayes, James Edwards, and Luis Van Rooten to whet your appetite.


Mel Ferrer and Dana Wynter “meet cute.”


A Russian general (Theodore Bikel) serenades the woman he attempts to rape in the movie. Ah, publicity shots!


Blonde stunner Dolores Michaels gets third billing, though she doesn’t have much to do. I wonder if she was somebody’s girlfriend?


I watched the movie two times, and I have no idea who these guys are.


Maggie Hayes secretly wishes she had long hair.


American soldiers save Erika (Dana Wynter) from a creep who is trying to pimp her out.


Dolores Michels smokes in every scene she’s in. Seriously, was she dating Zanuck? I bet she was.


Mel Ferrer asks Dana Wynter for her autograph.


Her father dies, her cousin is murdered, she’s forced into prostitution, her fiance loses his arm and rejects her, and her country is defeated in war. And yet, everything ends happily for Erika! Such is Hollywood.




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I'm a New York City-based writer, video producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in Slate.com and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a social media copywriter for Sony's getTV and a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."
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3 Responses to Henry Koster’s FRAULEIN (1958)

  1. Brilliant photo captions.

  2. Mark Elijio says:

    Good Afternoon everyone. My name is Mark Elijio. This is the first time I have ever watched many movies on television since September of 1994 and one of them was fraulein from 1958 with Dana Wynter for fox and although the film became a huge hit with an all star cast it also marked the final film role of Dorothy Arnold. Which is why I love it and I am so blessed.

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