40 Films of OTTO PREMINGER (1912 - 2005)by milam_ogden | created - 05 Dec 2015 | updated - 05 Dec 2015 | Public
God smiled and danced in the streets when Otto was born on this date in 1912 in Austria. Migrated to the USA in 1936 and got his start on Broadway.
First major movie hit was Laura in 1944. Over a career than spanned 48 years, Preminger directed 40 feature films. Major genres included: drama (27); comedy (12); romance (12) and crime/film noir (12).
The vast majority of his films (78%) where released in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
IMDb data for Preminger: mean = 6.9; median = 6.7 and mode = 6.7, 6.9 (4)
Highest IMDb rating - 8.1 Laura (1944) & Anatomy of Murder (1959)
Lowest IMb rating - 4.9 Rosebud (1975)
Nine actors received Oscar nominations in films that Preminger directed, they are identified within the film listing.
Preminger died on April 23rd, 1980 in New York City from lung cancer and Alzheimers.
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1. The Great Love (1931)
76 min | Drama
Ten years after the end of World War I, Austrian soldier Franz leaves Russia and returns to his village, where he is reunited with Frieda, a woman who believes he is her long-lost son.
2. Under Your Spell (1936)
Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
A famous singer, bored with music and fans, goes to live in Mexico. His manager sends a woman to bring him back. They fall in love.
3. Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
Approved | 84 min | Drama
After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward,... See full summary »
5. Kidnapped (1938)
Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama
In 1747, young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle Ebenezer who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate.
6. Margin for Error (1943)
Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, War
It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate run by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer is too happy with ... See full summary »
7. In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
72 min | Comedy, War
A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives ... See full summary »
8. Laura (1944)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A Police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Votes: 41,013 | Gross: $4.36M
an excellent film noir, Clifton Webb was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor.
9. A Royal Scandal (1945)
Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, History
In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard.
10. Fallen Angel (1945)
Approved | 98 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.
another very good film noir
11. Centennial Summer (1946)
Approved | 102 min | History, Music, Romance
In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters vie for the affections of a Frenchman who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.
12. Forever Amber (1947)
Approved | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.
Votes: 1,160 | Gross: $16.00M
13. Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance
A commercial artist having an affair with a married attorney becomes involved with a returning soldier and must choose between the two.
mediocre film noir
14. That Lady in Ermine (1948)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Circa 1861, Angelina, ruling countess of an Italian principality, is at a loss when invaded by a Hungarian army. Her lookalike ancestress Francesca, who saved a similar situation 300 years ... See full summary »
Votes: 624 | Gross: $1.41M
15. The Fan (1949)
89 min | Comedy, Romance
Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons... See full summary »
16. Whirlpool (1949)
Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
17. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. Will Dixon's vicious nature get the better of him?
an excellent film noir classic
19. Angel Face (1953)
Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
Jean Simmons is awesome in this film noir classic
20. The Moon Is Blue (1953)
M/PG | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.
21. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)
90 min | Comedy
Actress Patty O'Neill meets playboy architect Donald Gresham on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and accepts his invitation to join him for drinks and dinner in his apartment.
22. River of No Return (1954)
Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
24. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.
Frank Sinatra nominated for Best Actor Oscar
25. The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War
A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.
26. Saint Joan (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1456, French King Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army, and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.
27. Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.
28. Porgy and Bess (1959)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.
Dorothy Dandridge nominated for Best Actress
29. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?
Votes: 57,242 | Gross: $11.90M
three actors nominated for acting awards: James Stewart, George C Scott and Arthur O'Connell
30. Exodus (1960)
Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History
The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.
Votes: 8,577 | Gross: $18.97M
Sal Mineo nominated for Best Supporting Actor
31. Advise & Consent (1962)
Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
an excellent political primer
32. The Cardinal (1963)
Approved | 175 min | Drama, History, War
A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.
John Huston and Maggie McNamara nominated for Best Acting award
33. In Harm's Way (1965)
Approved | 165 min | Drama, War
A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Votes: 7,751 | Gross: $4.20M
very good war drama
34. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
an excellent suspense thriller
35. Hurry Sundown (1967)
Approved | 146 min | Drama
Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has ... See full summary »
Votes: 968 | Gross: $9.00M
36. Skidoo (1968)
R | 98 min | Comedy
Infamous psychedelic all-star comedy about ex-gangster Tony Banks, who's called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard. When Banks ... See full summary »
37. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and she depends on her wit and her friends, Warren and Arthur, to cope. Yearning for independence, the three leave the hospital ... See full summary »
Votes: 687 | Gross: $0.39M
39. Rosebud (1975)
PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In a bold coup, a Palestinian terrorist group captures the yacht Rosebud and kidnaps the millionaire's five daughters on board. At first they demand film clips to be shown on major European... See full summary »
40. The Human Factor (1979)
R | 115 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
When a leak of information in the African section of British Intelligence is discovered, security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.