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Hugo Haas

Highest Rated:   92% King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Lowest Rated:   50% Days of Glory (1945)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Director
  • Gus
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet The Other Woman
  • Walter DarmanDarman
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet One Girl's Confession
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Dragomie Damitrof
1953
No Score Yet The Girl On the Bridge
  • David
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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 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 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
50% 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

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