Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)

Birthday: Dec 5, 1906

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)

Originally a law student, Otto Preminger got his first acting experience with Max Reinhardt's theater company while studying for his degree. He entered the theater as a producer and director, came to America as a director in 1935, and was hired by 20th Century Fox. After leaving the studio for Broadway at the end of the '30s, he returned in the early '40s, specializing in Nazi roles despite his Jewish faith. Preminger got back into the director's chair with Margin for Error, an adaptation of a play that he had directed on Broadway. Laura, based upon the hit novel and play by Vera Caspary, was to have been made by Rouben Mamoulian; but he was fired soon after production began, and Preminger took over finished the film, which went on to become a huge hit. The director's most important subsequent movie at Fox was Forever Amber, which failed at the box office but enhanced his reputation nonetheless.In the early '50s, Preminger became an independent producer/director, and immediately began making a name for himself through a series of successful challenges to the restrictive production code, which forbade the use of various controversial subjects onscreen. His sophisticated comedy The Moon Is Blue broke through the barrier with regard to sexual subject matter with its relatively frank treatment of such topics as virginity and pregnancy, while The Man With the Golden Arm was the first major Hollywood film to deal with drug addiction. Preminger's Carmen Jones proved to be a critically successful venture into musicals, which led directly to being chosen by Samuel Goldwyn to direct the screen adaptation of George and Ira Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Preminger's box-office record was rather scattershot during this era and included the notorious disaster Saint Joan and the hit Anatomy of a Murder. His early-'60s movies grew in size and pretentiousness, and included such epic-length releases as Advise and Consent, The Cardinal, and In Harm's Way, but, by the middle of the decade, he had receded in ambition and success with Bunny Lake Is Missing, Skidoo, and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. The '70s saw the release of the failed thrillers Rosebud and The Human Factor. He died in 1986, several years after the onset of Alzheimer's disease brought an end to his career. Always a flamboyant personality, Preminger was one of the more visible and better known director/producers of his era, and also became known to an entire generation of children with his portrayal of the villainous Mr. Freeze on the Batman television series.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Die Titelmacher Actor 2014
No Score Yet Danger: Love At Work Director 2012
No Score Yet Cinema Of Our Time: Otto Preminger Actor 2012
No Score Yet Fallen Angel Director 2003
No Score Yet Premiere Films Director 1999
33% The Human Factor Producer Director 1979
69% The Hobbit Elvenking 1978
33% Rosebud Producer Director 1975
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Director Producer 1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Director Producer 1970
42% Skidoo Director Producer 1968
22% Hurry Sundown Director Producer 1967
87% Bunny Lake Is Missing Producer Director 1965
42% In Harm's Way Producer Director 1965
50% The Cardinal Producer Director 1963
75% Advise and Consent Director Producer 1962
63% Exodus Director Producer 1960
100% Anatomy of a Murder Producer Director 1959
83% Porgy and Bess Director 1959
86% Bonjour Tristesse Producer Director 1958
27% Saint Joan Director Producer 1957
86% The Man With the Golden Arm Producer Screenwriter Director 1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Director 1955
76% Carmen Jones Director Producer 1954
57% River of No Return Director 1954
38% The Moon Is Blue Producer Director 1953
97% Stalag 17 Oberst Von Scherbach 1953
80% Angel Face Producer Director 1952
86% The 13th Letter Director Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Fan Director Producer 1950
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends Director 1950
92% Whirlpool Producer Director 1949
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine Actor Director 1948
100% Daisy Kenyon Producer Director 1947
11% Forever Amber Director 1947
No Score Yet Centennial Summer Director 1946
83% Fallen Angel Producer Director 1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here? Gen. Rahl 1945
33% A Royal Scandal Director 1945
100% Laura Director Producer 1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Producer Director 1944
20% They Got Me Covered Otto Fauscheim 1943
No Score Yet Margin for Error Karl Baumer Director 1943
100% The Pied Piper Maj. Diessen 1942
No Score Yet Under Your Spell Director 1936
No Score Yet Die große Liebe (The Great Love) Director Producer 1931


93% Batman
Mr. Freeze 1967


Von Scherbach says: Nobody has ever escaped from Stalag 17. Not alive, anyway.