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Catherine the Last

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Catherine the Last

Catherine the Last
Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Alexander Hunyady (novel)
Károly Nóti
Felix Jackson
Starring Franciska Gaal
Hans Holt
Hans Olden
Otto Wallburg
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Theodore J. Pahle
Edited by Viktor Gertler
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
30 August 1936
Country Austria
Language German

Catherine the Last (German:Katharina, die Letzte) is a 1936 Austrian romantic comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Franciska Gaal, Hans Holt and Hans Olden.[1] It was made by the Austrian subsidiary of Universal Pictures. After making the film Koster moved to Hollywood. In 1938 the film was remade in America as The Girl Downstairs with Gaal reprising her role.


  • Synopsis 1
  • Cast 2
  • References 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • External links 5


After Hans is frustrated in his attempts to see his girlfriend Sybill by her overprotective business tycoon father, he attempts to gain entry into the house by romancing the family's kitchen maid. While at first he simply uses her as a ruse, he eventually falls in love with her instead.



  1. ^ Bock & Bergfelder p.257


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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