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Love in Morocco



The Secret of Cavelli



Eva, the Factory Girl

Only a Comedian



Victoria the Great



Goodbye, Mr. Chips



Mad Men of Europe

Night Train to Munich

Under Your Hat



Joan of Paris

Now, Voyager




In Our Time

Between Two Worlds

The Conspirators

Hollywood Canteen



The Spanish Main




Of Human Bondage


Song of Love



Hollow Triumph a.k.a. The Scar



Rope of Sand



So Young So Bad

Last of the Buccaneers



Pardon My French



For Men Only

Thief of Damascus

Stolen Face

Dans la vie tout s’arrange



Mantrap (a.k.a. Woman in Hiding)

Siren of Bagdad



This Song Is for You

Deep in My Heart



Pirates of Tripoli



Meet Me in Las Vegas

A Woman’s Devotion a.k.a. Battle Shock



Ten Thousand Bedrooms



Holiday for Lovers

Never So Few



Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse



Operation Crossbow



The Madwoman of Chaillot

The General



Exorcist II: The Heretic


Despite his brilliance, Paul Henreid was never nominated for an Academy Award.

I never felt Lee Strasberg could act, and I fail to see how someone who can’t act can teach acting. ~ Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

Biographies, Actors

Paul Henreid grew up in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Maria Theresa Academy (graduating in 1927) and the Institute of Graphic Arts. For four years, he worked as translator and book designer for a publishing outfit run by Otto Preminger, while training to be an actor at night. Preminger was also a protege of Max Reinhardt. After attending one of Henreid’s acting school performances, Preminger introduced him to the famous stage director and this led to an acting contract. In 1933, Paul made his debut at the Reinhardt Theatre in “Faust”.

Henreid made his English-speaking motion picture debut in the popular drama Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), as the sympathetic German master Max Staefel, who proves to be Chipping’s truest friend and ally. After that, however, he became  typecast as Nazi henchmen in Mad Men of Europe (1940) and Night Train to Munich (1940). He moved to the United States (becoming a citizen the following year) and quickly established himself on Broadway with “Flight to the West”, as a  Nazi consul. His powerful performance led to a film contract with RKO in 1941.

This marked a turning point in Paul Henreid’s career. He finally escaped the stereotypical image and began to play heroic or romantic leads, his first being Joan of Paris (1942), opposite Michèle Morgan, as French RAF pilot Paul Lavallier. Significantly, his next film, Now, Voyager (1942), defined his new screen persona: debonair, cultured and genteel, lighting two cigarettes simultaneously, then passing one to Bette Davis. Next came “Casablanca“, where Henreid played the sensitive, idealistic patriot Victor Laszlo; the poorly received Bronte sisters biopic Devotion (1946), as an Irish priest; and a stalwart performance as a Polish count and Ida Lupino‘s love interest, In Our Time (1944).

After several dull romantic leads, Henreid reinvented himself yet again. He played a memorably athletic and lively Dutch pirate, the ‘Barracuda’, in RKO’s swashbuckler The Spanish Main (1945). Another of his best later performances was as a sadistic South African commandant in the underrated film noir Rope of Sand (1949), which re-united him with his former “Casablanca” co-stars Peter Lorre and Claude Rains. After the Thief of Damascus (1952), Henreid’s star began to fade. His last noteworthy appearance during the fifties was as an itinerant magician in the oriental extravaganza Siren of Bagdad (1953) .

Outspoken in his opposition to McCarthyism and adhering to his rights under the First Amendment, he was subsequently blacklisted as a “communist sympathizer” by the House Committee on Un- American Activities. In spite of the damage this did to his career, he re-emerged as a director of second features and television episodes for Screen Gems, Desilu and other companies. In 1957, Alfred Hitchcock, in defiance of the blacklist, hired him to direct several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). Towards the end of his career, Paul Henreid directed his former “Now, Voyager” co-star Bette Davis in the melodrama Dead Ringer (1964) and toured with Agnes Moorehead on stage in a short-lived revival of “Don Juan in Hell”(1972- 73).</