Otto Preminger


Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1905 – 23 April 23, 1986) was an Austrian-born theatre and film director. He directed more than 35 feature films in a five-decade career after leaving the theatre. He first gained attention for film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944), with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price; and Fallen Angel (1945), while in the 1950s and 1960s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works. Notable films of this era include Angel Face (1953), with Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons; The Moon Is Blue (1953), with William Holden, David Niven, and Maggie McNamara; Carmen Jones (1954), with Dorothy Dandrige; and River of No Return (1954), with Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.

Several of these later films pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with themes which were then taboo in Hollywood, such as drug addiction (The Man with the Golden Arm, with Frank Sinatra) rape (Anatomy of a Murder, with James Stewart) and homosexuality (Advise & Consent, with Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Tierney, and Betty White). He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He also had a few acting roles, including Billy Wilder‘s Stalag 17 (1953).

Later films include Exodus (1960), with Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, and Sal Mineo; In Harm’s Way (1965), with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Stanley Holloway, Burgess Meredith, Brandon deWilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Franchot Tone, and Henry Fonda; Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), with Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, and Laurence Olivier; Hurry Sundown (1967), with Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, snd Faye Dunaway (in her film debut); Skidoo (1968), with Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, and Groucho Marx; Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), with Liza Minnelli; Rosebud (1975), with Peter O’Toole, Richard Attenborough, and Peter Lawford; and The Human Factor (1979), with Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi and John Gielgud.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Great Love (1931) – (Die große Liebe)
  • Under Your Spell (1936)
  • Danger – Love at Work (1937)
  • Kidnapped (1938) – uncredited co-director
  • Clare Boothe Luce’s Margin for Error (1943) – (UK: Margin for Error)
  • In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
  • Laura (1944)
  • A Royal Scandal (1945) – (UK: Czarina)
  • Fallen Angel (1945)
  • Centennial Summer (1946)
  • Forever Amber (1947)
  • Daisy Kenyon (1947)
  • The Fan (1949) – (UK: Lady Windermere’s Fan)
  • Whirlpool (1949)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
  • The 13th Letter (1951)
  • Angel Face (1953)
  • The Moon Is Blue (1953)
  • Carmen Jones (1954)
  • River of No Return (1954)
  • The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) – (UK: One Man Mutiny)
  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1956)
  • Saint Joan (1957)
  • Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
  • Porgy and Bess (1959)
  • Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • Exodus (1960)
  • Advise and Consent (1962)
  • The Cardinal (1963)
  • In Harm’s Way (1965)
  • Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
  • Hurry Sundown (1967)
  • Skidoo (1968)
  • Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
  • Such Good Friends (1971)
  • Rosebud (1975)
  • The Human Factor (1979)