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Emeric Pressburger (1902–1988)

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally finding sanctuary in London--but as a scriptwriter who ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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 1972 The Boy Who Turned Yellow (screenplay) / (story)
 1966 They're a Weird Mob (screenplay - as Richard Imrie)
 1965 Operation Crossbow (screenplay - as Richard Imrie)
 1964 Behold a Pale Horse (novel)
 1957 Miracle in Soho (novel "The Miracle of St. Anthony's Lane")
 1957 Night Ambush (written by)
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee (written by)
 1953 Twice Upon a Time (writer)
 1951 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- Stairway to Heaven (1951) ... (screenplay)
 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann (written by)
 1950 The Fighting Pimpernel (written by)
 1950 Gone to Earth
 1949 Hour of Glory (writer)
 1948 The Red Shoes (original screenplay) / (written by)
 1947 The End of the River (uncredited)
 1947 Black Narcissus (written by)
 1946 Stairway to Heaven (written by)
 1946 A Voice in the Night (screen play)
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (written by)
 1944 A Canterbury Tale (written by)
 1944 The Volunteer (Short) (writer)
 1943 The Silver Fleet (story "Remember Jan de Wit" - uncredited)
 1943 Squadron Leader X (story "Four Days in a Hero's Life")
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (by) / (written by: for The Archers)
 1942 Adventure in Blackmail (screenplay) / (story "Victorious Defeat")
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers (adaptation - uncredited)
 1941 49th Parallel (original story and screenplay) / (scenario)
 1941 Atlantic Ferry (screen play)
 1940 Blackout (original story & screenplay)
 1940 Spy for a Day (screenplay)
 1939 The Spy in Black (screenplay)
 1939 Continental Express (scenario - uncredited)
 1938 The Challenge (screenplay)
 1937 Silent Barriers (uncredited)
 1936 I Give My Life (adaptation - uncredited)
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon (story - as Pressburger)
 1936 Under Western Eyes (adaptation - uncredited)
 1936 La vie parisienne (scenario)
 1936 Parisian Life
 1935 Abdul the Damned (treatment - uncredited)
 1935 Monsieur Sans-Gêne (screenplay) / (story "The Satyr")
 1934 Milyon avcilari (screenplay "Sehnsucht 202")
 1934 Mon coeur t'appelle (uncredited)
 1934 Incognito
 1933 Une femme au volant (writer)
 1932 Held wider Willen (Short) (as Emmerich Preßburger)
 1932 The Old Scoundrel (as Imre Pressburger)
 1932 Gilgi: One of Us (uncredited)
 1932 Sehnsucht 202
 1932 Wer zahlt heute noch? (as Emmerich Preßburger)
 1931/II Ronny
 1931/I Ronny (as Emmerich Pressburger)
 1931 Emil und die Detektive (uncredited)
 1931 I'd Rather Have Cod Liver Oil (Short) (story)
 1931 Das Ekel
 1930 Abschied
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Other Works:

Story: "Remember Jan de Wit" (filmed as The Silver Fleet (1943)). See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 10 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Imrie | Emmerich Pressburger | Imre Pressburger | Pressburger | Emmerich Preßburger


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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[interview in New York City, 1980] I think that a film should have a good story, a clear story, and it should have, if possible, something which is probably the most difficult thing - it should have a little bit of magic . . . Magic being untouchable and very difficult to cast, you can't deal with it at all. You can only try to prepare some nests, hoping that a little bit of magic will slide into... See more »


Received a BFI Special Award (with Michael Powell) in 1978 See more »



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