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Michael Curtiz

Director, Actor

 
Mystery of the Wax MuseumMystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh
An early horror which formed the basis of Vincent Price's HOUSE OF WAX. Containing its own grisly twists on the 'waxing' process, this is well worth…
Kennel Murder Case, TheKennel Murder Case, The (1933)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. William Powell, Mary Astor
Stylish murder mystery from the pre code era with William Powell playing detective and Scottish Terrier owner Philo Vance, popularised in the novels…
Captain BloodCaptain Blood (1935)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn
Condemned surgeon Errol Flynn escapes and becomes a Caribbean pirate. Low–budgeted action–packed swashbuckler catapulted its star into…
Charge of the Light BrigadeCharge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn
Rousing action on the North–western frontier with Errol Flynn leading the climactic charge into certain death with fellow British cavalry men.
Kid GalahadKid Galahad (1937)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
A potent prize–fighting movie with room for some romantic asides and weighty egos.
Adventures of Robin Hood, TheAdventures of Robin Hood, The (1938) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Feat. Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland
The 90's remakes look stodgy next to this stirring and vibrant original which basks in breakthrough technicolour and the definitive presence of Errol…
Angels with Dirty FacesAngels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Pat O'Brien, James Cagney
Childhood pals Pat O'Brien and James Cagney end up as adult enemies, in the priesthood and underworld respectively. Pleasing mix of comedy and…
Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, ThePrivate Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Bette Davis, Errol Flynn
Bette Davis is perfectly cast as Queen Liz, opposite Errol Flynn. An enjoyable romp.
Dodge CityDodge City (1939)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
Lusty western with Errol Flynn cutting the mustard as a cowboy hero. Olivia De Havilland is his gracious co–star once again.
Sea Hawk, TheSea Hawk, The (1940)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn
Adventure on the high seas with Errol Flynn at the height of his popularity. Magnificent swordplay and battle scenes.
Santa Fe Trail, TheSanta Fe Trail, The (1940)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Havilland
Set in the leadup to the American Civil War, this professionally executed Western has future Confederate general Jeb Stuart (Flynn) lead the charge…
Dive BomberDive Bomber (1941)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Errol Flynn
The life and duties of a navy doctor turned flight surgeon entering WW2 with a dashing Errol Flynn. Notable for top–flight aerial sequences.
CasablancaCasablanca (1942) Aro Favourite
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
The role that immortalised Bogart is that of Rick, the laconic cafe–owner who assists old flame Ingrid Bergman to escape the Nazis with her…
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. James Cagney
Energy–filled musical biography of Show–Biz King George Cohan, played by James Cagney.
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre
Distinguished by the use of flashbacks within flashbacks, this WW2 propaganda piece re–unites the director with CASABLANCA alumnae.
Mildred PierceMildred Pierce (1945) Recommended
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her career–defining role as a stoical housewife–turned–waitress who finds success in business, but…
Night and DayNight and Day (1946)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Jane Wyman
Somewhat unreliable biography of Cole Porter that gets by on it's soundtrack and Cary Grant's amiable performance.
Life with FatherLife with Father (1947) Recommended
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor
Keen adaptation of the Broadway staple, with a starched–shirt father raising daughter Elizabeth Taylor in 19th century NYC.
It's a Great FeelingIt's a Great Feeling (1949)
Dir. David Butler
Feat. Jack Carson, Dennis Morgan, Doris Day
Soft–edged Hollywood satire with Jack Carson, Denny Morgan and Doris Day on the path to success. Notable for its great array of show–biz…
Young Man With a HornYoung Man With a Horn (Young Man of Music) (1949) Recommended
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall
Sharp biopic based on legendary jazz trumpeteer Bix Beiderbecke (played here by Kirk Douglas), who rose from obscurity to possess one of the most…
White ChristmasWhite Christmas (1954)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye
Timeless Irving Berlin musical, whose stocking full of great tunes – 'Sisters', 'Blue Skies' and of course the title–track – redeem…
Egyptian, TheEgyptian, The (1954)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Edmund Purdom
Epic "CinemaScope" drama set in ancient Egypt where a poor orphan becomes a genial physician and is eventually appointed at the Pharaoh's court where…
We're No AngelsWe're No Angels (1955)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov
Moderately interesting Hollywood comedy concerns three convicts (Bogart, Ray and Ustinov) who escape from Devils Island and have to transform into…
King CreoleKing Creole (1958) Recommended
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones
Many would agree with Elvis that this is his best film. He plays a roguish street hustler who manifests his rebellion in his music. Tight direction…
Breath of Scandal, ABreath of Scandal, A (1960)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, Angela Lansbury
SoufflĂ©–light romance tuned to the love streams of Vienna, with a regal Sophia Loren courted by handsome American John Gavin. Sweet,…
Francis Of AssisiFrancis Of Assisi (1961)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman
Cinema–scopic religious epic about the founder of the school of monks, with Bradford Dillman well suited as St. Francis, and Dolores Hart good…
Comancheros, TheComancheros, The (1961)
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin
John Wayne stars (and served as an uncredited director when Michael Curtiz fell ill) in this Western set in Texas in 1843. A Texas ranger arrests a…

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