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Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt
Produced by Otto Lehmann
Günther Stapenhorst
Written by Hanns Heinz Ewers(novel)
Kurt Heuser
Starring Hildegard Knef
Erich von Stroheim
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Friedl Behn-Grund
Release date(s) October 23, 1952 (1952-10-23)
Running time 92 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Alraune (also known as Unnatural) is a 1952 science fiction horror film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hildegard Knef in which a scientist creates a woman who is beautiful and yet soulless, lacking any sense of morality. It is based upon the German myth of Alraune in which a woman is impregnated by a mandrake root. It is the fifth and as of 2007 the final movie to be based upon this myth.

The film was produced by Carlton Films and Deutsche Styria Film GmbH. and distributed by Gloria in Germany and Distributors Corporation of America Inc. (DCA) in the United States in 1958 in a version dubbed into English.



  • Hildegard Knef as Alraune
  • Erich von Stroheim as Jacob ten Brinken
  • Karlheinz Böhm as Frank Braun
  • Harry Meyen as Count Geroldingen
  • Rolf Henniger as Wolf Goutram (Ralph Goutram in the US version)
  • Harry Halm as Doctor Mohn
  • Hans Cossy as Mathieu, the coachman
  • Gardy Brombacher as Lisbeth, the maid
  • Trude Hesterberg as Fuerstin Wolkonska (Princess Wolkonski in the US version)
  • Julia Koschka as Olga Wolkonska (Wolkonski in the US version)
  • Denise Vernac as Olga Wolkonska (Wolkonski in the US version)
  • Arno Ebert
  • Willem Holzboer

See also




  • Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)

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