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Mischa Auer

Highest Rated:   100% And Then There Were None (1945)
Lowest Rated:   33% A Royal Scandal (1945)
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The screen's foremost "Mad Russian" (though he was more dour than demented in most of his movie appearances), Mischa Auer was the son of a Russian navy officer who died in the Russo-Japanese war. Auer's family scattered during the Bolshevik revolution, forcing the 12-year-old Mischa to beg, borrow, and steal to survive. Orphaned during a typhus epidemic, Auer moved to New York where he lived with his maternal grandfather, violinist Leopold Auer. Inspired by the elder Auer to become a musician, Mischa entered the Ethical Culture School in New York, where he developed an interest in acting. Playing small parts on Broadway and with Eva LeGalleine's company, Auer persisted until his roles increased in size and importance. While appearing with the Bertha Kalich Company in Los Angeles, Auer was hired by Hollywood director Frank Tuttle for a minor role in the Esther Ralston comedy Something Always Happens (1927). During his first nine years in films, the tall, foreboding Auer was typecast as sinister foreigners, often playing villainous Hindu priests, Arab chieftains, and feverish anarchists. His comic gifts were finally tapped by improvisational director Gregory La Cava, who cast Auer as society matron Alice Brady's free-loading "protege" in My Man Godfrey (1936). Thereafter, the actor flourished in eccentric comedy roles in such films as 100 Men and a Girl (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938) (in which he popularized the catchphrase "Confidentially, it stinks!"), Destry Rides Again (1939), and Hellzapoppin' (1941). During the 1940s, Auer starred in the radio series Mischa the Magnificent and headlined several Broadway flops. The following decade, he spent most of his time in Europe, playing aging oddballs in films like Orson Welles' Mister Arkadin (1955). Among Mischa Auer's last professional engagements was a 1964-1965 revival of The Merry Widow -- one of his few successful stage ventures.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
  • Jonathan
1966
No Score Yet Arrivederci, Baby!
  • Romeo
1966
83% Mr. Arkadin
  • The Professor
1962
No Score Yet Sputnik
  • Professor
1958
80% Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite)
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet The Montecarlo Story (Montecarlo)
  • Hector the Maitre D'
1957
No Score Yet La Polka des menottes
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Cette sacrée gamine (Naughty Girl)
  • Ballet Master
1956
No Score Yet Thirteen at the Table (Treize a table)
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet School for Love (Futures vedettes)
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Frou-Frou
  • Archduke
1955
No Score Yet The Sky is Red (Il cielo e rosso)
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet For You I Die
  • Alec Shaw
1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey
  • Lawrence Ayres
1946
100% And Then There Were None
  • Prince Nikita 'Nikki' Starloff
1945
33% A Royal Scandal
  • Capt. Sukov
1945
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions
  • Michael Michaelovich
1945
No Score Yet Up In Mabel's Room
  • Boris
1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark
  • Russell Paxton
1944
No Score Yet Around the World
  • Mischa Auer
1943
97% Casablanca
  • Bartender
1942
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans
  • Zolotov
1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin'
  • Pepi
1941
100% Hold That Ghost
  • Gregory, Maitre D'
1941
No Score Yet Seven Sinners
  • Sasha
1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade
  • The Peasant
1940
100% Destry Rides Again
  • Boris Callahan
1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven
  • Nicky
1939
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Kolenkhov
1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris
  • Mike
1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Leo Kronk
1938
83% 100 Men and a Girl
  • Michael Borodoff
1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl
  • Dimitri
1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star
  • Rinaldo Lopez
1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938
  • Prince Muratov
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Butch
1936
86% Three Smart Girls
  • Count Arisztid
1936
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Radical
1936
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado
  • Diego
1936
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Carlo
1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across
  • Morevitch
1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • Leading Man
1936
No Score Yet Condemned to Live
  • Zan, the Hunchback
1935
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • William `Lefty' Berger
1935
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much
  • Pianist
1935
No Score Yet The Crusades
  • Monk
1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
  • Afridi
1935
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest
  • Roberts
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Greenwich Village Sequence
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Military Attache
1934
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless
  • Eltar
1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak
  • Assassin
1933
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress
  • Butler
1933
No Score Yet Sucker Money
  • Swami Yomurda
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Theesen, Reporter
1933
No Score Yet Woman Condemned
  • Dr. Wagner
1933
No Score Yet Corruption
  • Volkov
1933
No Score Yet The Flaming Signal
  • Manu
1933
No Score Yet The Western Code
  • Chapman
1932
57% Mata Hari
  • Executed Man
1932
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Sinister Hands
  • Swami Yomurda
1932
No Score Yet Murder at Dawn
  • Henry
1932
No Score Yet The Monster Walks
  • Hanns Krug
1932
No Score Yet Call Her Savage
  • Agitator in restaurant
1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn
  • Serge
1932
No Score Yet Drifting Souls
  • Skeets
1932
No Score Yet The Unholy Garden
  • Prince Nicolai Poliakoff
1931
No Score Yet Women Love Once
  • Oscar
1931
No Score Yet Drums of Jeopardy (Mark of Terror)
  • Piotr
1931
No Score Yet No Limit
  • Romeo
1931
No Score Yet Delicious
  • Mischa
1931
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Just Imagine
  • B-36
1930
No Score Yet Inside the Lines
  • Amahdi
1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade
  • Guest Star
1930

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