The Old and the Young King

The Old and the Young King (German: Der alte und der junge König) is a 1935 German historical drama film by Hans Steinhoff starring Emil Jannings, Werner Hinz and Leopoldine Konstantin.


The film opens at Potsdam in the time of "The Soldier King" Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, with the Royal Family sitting at the breakfast table. It turns out that Crown Prince Friedrich, informally called "Fritz", had lost so much money at the gaming tables that he had to sign debentures. Members of the grenadier regiment had seen the crown prince appearing late in a wretched state, which greatly angers his father. The King would like to prepare his son for the future role as a ruler, and regards his preoccupation with music and literature with much displeasure.