This month we present our original poster for the 1939 crime thriller, Alarm auf Station III. The film starred one of Nazi Germany's matinee idols, Gustav Fröhlich, who had an extramarital affair with Czech actress Lida Baarova. A major scandal erupted when she started a second affair with Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels when she still lived with Fröhlich. This was resolved by Adolf Hitler himself in 1939 when Baarova was expelled from Germany back to her hometown of Prague. (Baarova was not cast in this film.)
BELOW: An original colour sheet fikm lobby card meant for cinema foyer showcases. The exaggerated colour tinting is exactly as found on the sheet film, not photo–shopped or altered.
Alarm at Station III (1939)
Director: Philipp Lothar Mayring
Camera: Walter Riml
Editing: Alexandra Anatra
Music: Franz Grothe
Length (35mm): 2550m – 94min
Cast: Gustav Fröhlich, Jutta Freybe, Kirsten Heiberg, Walter Franck, Berta Drews, Hermann Brix, Aribert Wäscher, Hans Nielsen and others.
Adventure film set in a Scandinavian country with a general ban on alcohol -– Prohibition.
Filming took place, among other places, in Rügen and Sylt, as well as in Cuxhaven, Stettin and Berlin.
Contraband alcohol, gang terrorism, murder! The clues all lead the harbour police to dead ends – until the incredible turns out to be the sensational truth! A fast adventure full of excitement!
Alcohol smuggling has assumed gigantic proportions in the harbour. Dr. Talvosron, the president of the "Association against Alcoholism", alarms the police. Police officer Arne Kolk responds energetically to the appeal, and he soon succeeds in smuggling his brother-in-law Mätthi into the smugglers' headquarters, disguised as an ordinary workman. But the police were too optimistic: Mätthi is murdered.
Arne Kolk does not relent: he must avenge his brother-in-law's death and destroy the gang. While investigating, he meets the attractive singer Kaja in that tea room. She ensnares the police officer, takes him into her dressing room and finally seduces him. However, she doesn't do this just out of calculation. Rather, Kaja wants to save the police officer from her brother, the smuggler Kai, an unscrupulous guy who wouldn't have hesitated to shoot Arne. However, this circumstance does not protect Arne from being fired. He himself becomes the victim of a cunning trap: he is dismissed from his job on account of alleged neglect of duty. Dr. Talvosron, whose own son ruined his life with alcohol, becomes more active. Arne Kolk does not give up either. He fights to rehabilitate his honour and discovers a sensational fact: the head of the smugglers is none other than Dr. Talvosron himself. After a bitter struggle, the gang is at last destroyed. The dramatic finale comes on a smugglers' ship.
The film was banned by the Allies and then by the BRD as a National Socialist film, but in July 1950 the West German Self–Censorship Board (FSK) allowed it to be shown again, without cuts. However, the film has never been re-released since as either a commercial VHS nor on DVD.
Our poster for the film:
We alo have the original French press-book for the film, which in France was titled Trafic au large. Here is an image from it: