Otto Preminger Filmography 1931-1979

by jacentko | created - 30 Aug 2011 | updated - 31 Aug 2011 | Public

Films Directed by Otto Preminger (38) He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage. He alternated between stage and film until the great success of Laura (1944) made him an A-list director in Hollwyood. For two decades after "Laura was released in 1944, Preminger ranked as one of the top directors in the world

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1. Danger - Love at Work (1937)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Ann Sothern, Jack Haley, Mary Boland, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 188

2. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Hansi Niese, Attila Hörbiger, Betty Bird, Hugo Thimig

Votes: 59

3. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Wendy Barrie, Gregory Ratoff, Arthur Treacher

Votes: 25

..as Otto Ludwig Preminger

4. 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.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Otto Preminger | Stars: Warner Baxter, Freddie Bartholomew, Arleen Whelan, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 254

Director Otto Preminger was fired and replaced by Alfred L. Werker after 20th Century-Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck complained that he hadn't followed the script while directing a scene with Freddie Bartholomew and a dog.

5. 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 »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Bennett, Milton Berle, Otto Preminger, Carl Esmond

Votes: 191

6. 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 »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Frank Latimore, Eugene Pallette, Mary Nash

Votes: 154

7. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 38,664 | Gross: $4.36M

8. 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.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter, William Eythe

Votes: 791

9. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,217

10. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, William Eythe

Votes: 265

11. Daisy Kenyon (1947)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) is a commercial artist living in New York City and having a 'back street' affair with a married lawyer, Dan O'Mara (Dana Andrews), whom she hopes to marry as ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 1,886

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.

Directors: Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl | Stars: Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene, George Sanders

Votes: 1,091 | Gross: $16.00M

13. 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 »

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger | Stars: Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cesar Romero, Walter Abel

Votes: 597 | Gross: $1.41M

Ernst Lubitsch died early in production; Otto Preminger completed the film.

14. 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 »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene

Votes: 505

15. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford

Votes: 3,317

16. 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. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed

Votes: 6,880

17. The 13th Letter (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Linda Darnell, Charles Boyer, Michael Rennie, Constance Smith

Votes: 300

18. Angel Face (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 6,136

19. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Johannes Heesters, Johanna Matz, Tom Tully

Votes: 37

Comedy..Also Known As:The Girl on the Roof

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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully

Votes: 1,926

21. Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

65 Metascore

Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James

Votes: 4,084

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.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 9,446

23. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger

Votes: 1,569

24. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Passed | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

Votes: 8,679

25. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Todd, Anton Walbrook, John Gielgud

Votes: 990

26. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Mylène Demongeot

Votes: 3,965

27. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

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?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 54,238 | Gross: $11.90M

28. Porgy and Bess (1959)

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.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,381

29. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,200 | Gross: $18.97M

30. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 5,875

31. The Cardinal (1963)

Approved | 175 min | Drama, History, War

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Tom Tryon, John Huston, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley

Votes: 2,135

32. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 6,753

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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon

Votes: 7,374 | Gross: $4.20M

34. 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 »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 913 | Gross: $9.00M

35. 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 »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,255

36. Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

GP | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and depends on her friends and her with to cope. She, Warren, and Arthur leave the hospital - they yearn for independence - and ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Wayne Tippit, Guy Sorel, Clarice Taylor

Votes: 653

37. Such Good Friends (1971)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neill, Ken Howard

Votes: 436

38. 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 it. At first they demand film clips to be shown on major European ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Richard Attenborough, Cliff Gorman, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 645

39. 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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi, Joop Doderer

Votes: 1,005



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