Hugo Haas

Lowest Rated: 46% Days of Glory (1945)
Birthday: Feb 18, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
Czech-born movie "renaissance man" Hugo Haas is usually excluded from the more scholarly works on film directors, which in a way is a crime: if ever there was an auteur who placed his personal signature on every one of his films, it was the redoubtable Mr. Haas. His film career began in Czechoslovakian comedies, many of which he also scripted. Fleeing his native country when Hitler's armies marched in (a perilous incident he later created on an episode of TV's Screen Director's Playhouse), Haas came to the U.S., where he narrated short-wave broadcasts to the Czech underground. In 1944, Haas resumed his acting career in Hollywood, specializing in oily European villains. Once he'd saved up enough capital from his acting jobs, Haas set up shop as an independent producer/director, turning out a dozen low-budget melodramas between 1951 and 1959. Bearing titles like Pickup (1951), Bait (1953), and Thy Neighbor's Wife (1954), the bulk of Haas' films told the same story over and over: A lonely middle-aged man (always played by Haas) is lured into a ill-advised sexual relationship with a blonde trollop (nearly always played by Haas' protégée Cleo Moore), with fatal results. Amazingly, Haas managed to turn out one "quality" film, the multiple-personality drama Lizzie (1957). Hugo Haas' final cinematic efforts eschewed melodrama for syrupy sentiment: in his last film, Paradise Alley (filmed in 1959 and released in 1962), Haas plays a washed-up movie director who tries to prove that people are basically good at heart.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bílá nemoc (Skeleton on Horseback) Director Actor 2013
No Score Yet Lizzie Walter Brenner Director 1958
No Score Yet Hit and Run Gus Producer Screenwriter Director 1957
No Score Yet The Other Woman Walter Darman Darman Director Producer Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet One Girl's Confession Producer Dragomie Damitrof Screenwriter Director 1953
No Score Yet The Girl On the Bridge Producer Screenwriter Director David 1951
No Score Yet Pickup Screenwriter Producer Director Jan 1951
92% King Solomon's Mines Van Brun aka Smith 1950
No Score Yet The Fighting Kentuckian Gen. Paul DeMarchand 1949
No Score Yet For the Love of Mary Gustav Heindel 1948
No Score Yet Casbah Omar 1948
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Tescu 1948
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies Von Strutt 1947
No Score Yet Fiesta Maximino Contreras 1947
No Score Yet The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Monsieur Walter 1947
No Score Yet Northwest Outpost Prince Nickolai Balinin 1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow Hugo Ludenbach 1947
No Score Yet Holiday in Mexico Angus 1946
No Score Yet Dakota Marko Poli 1945
No Score Yet Jealousy Hugo Kral 1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Fr. Pensovecchio 1945
46% Days of Glory Fedor 1945
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate 'Bucket of Blood' Proprietor 1944
No Score Yet Summer Storm Urbenin 1944

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Zurka
  • 1960

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