To New Shores

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To New Shores
Directed byDouglas Sirk
Produced byBruno Duday
Written byLovis Hans Lorenz (novel)
Kurt Heuser
Douglas Sirk
StarringZarah Leander
Willy Birgel
Viktor Staal
Carola Höhn
Music byRalph Benatzky
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byMilo Harbich
Distributed byUFA
Release date
31 August 1937
Running time
106 minutes

To New Shores (German: Zu neuen Ufern) is a 1937 German drama film directed by Hans Detlef Sierck (later Douglas Sirk) and starring Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel and Viktor Staal. It was Leander's first film for the German studio UFA, and its success brought her into the front rank of the company's stars.[1] It was shot at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin.


Gloria Vane, a singer in Victorian London, takes the blame for her aristocratic lover Sir Albert Finsbury's forging of cheques. She is sentenced to be transported to Australia. Sir Albert then refuses to marry her, which would have allowed her to be released from prison, because he has made a more important strategic match with Mary Jones, the daughter of the Governor of Sydney. Eventually Gloria marries a local farmer Henry Hoyer and goes to settle in rural Australia with him. Filled with remorse, Sir Albert shoots himself.[2]

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  1. ^ Ascheid p.177
  2. ^ Ascheid p.177-184


  • Ascheid, Antje. Hitler's Heroines: Stardom and Womanhood in Nazi Cinema. Temple University Press, 2003.
  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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