Alraune (1930)

103m, 2816 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A German science fiction film directed by Richard Oswald.

Plot Summary

A mad scientist uses semen from a dead man to artificially inseminate a prostitute. His experiment creates a beautiful young woman who turns out to be fatally flawed – she has no conscience and is unable to understand why it's wrong to kill.


Director: Richard Oswald
Producer: Erich Pommer
Script: Charlie Roellinghoff, Richard Weisbach
Based on characters from Jewish legend and from the novel by Hanns Heinz Ewers
Director of Photography: Günther Krampf
Music: Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics: Fritz Rotter
Sound Mixer: Tobis-Klangfilm
Art Directors: Otto Erdmann, Hans Sohnle

Brigitte Helm (Alraune ten Brinken/Alma)
Albert Bassermann (Privy Councillor ten Brinken)
Harald Paulsen (Frank Braun)
Adolf E. Licho (Attorney-at-law Manasse)
Agnes Straub (Fuerstin Wolkonski)
Bernhard Goetzke (Dr Petersen)
Martin Kosleck (Wolfgang Petersen)
Käthe Haack (Frau Raspe)
Ivan Koval-Samborsky (Raspe)
Liselotte Schaak (Olga Wolkonski)
Paul Westermeier (Von Walter)
Henry Bender (the innkeeper)
Elsa Basserman (lady)
Wilhelm Bendow

Alternative Titles

Alraune la figlia del male – Italian title
Alrune – Danish title
Daughter of Evil
El último experimento del Dr Bricken
– Spanish title


Variety 24 December 1924 – credits, review


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd Edition) p.46 – illustrated credits, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.82 – illustrated credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.20 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.22 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.11 – credits
  • Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the 1930s by Christopher Workman and Troy Howarth p.11 – illustrated credits, review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.133 – credits