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Bernard Vorhaus
American film director, screenwriter and film producer

Bernard Vorhaus

Bernard Vorhaus
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Intro American film director, screenwriter and film producer
Was Film director Screenwriter Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 25 December 1904, New York City, USA
Death 23 November 2000, Greater London, United Kingdom (aged 95 years)
Star sign Capricorn
Politics Labour Party
Harvard University
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Bernard Vorhaus (December 25, 1904 – November 23, 2000) was an American film director born in New York City, who spent many decades living in the UK.


The Harvard University graduate, in addition to directing thirty-two films, was also the mentor to future film director David Lean, some of whose work as a film editor early in his career was on Vorhaus pictures.

He worked steadily as a screenwriter in Hollywood while in his 20s but wanted to direct movies. He eventually decided to move to England and began directing quota quickies, such as The Last Journey (1935).

After attaining success in England, Vorhaus moved back to the U.S. and began working at Republic Pictures directing B-movies. He was blacklisted in 1951 at HUAC hearings.

Vorhaus had already moved to Europe at that time and directed a few minor films while there. He finally returned to England and retired from the film business, founding a business specialising in house renovations.


Vorhaus had two children, Gwyn and David, an electronic music pioneer who worked under the name White Noise.

Selected filmography

Ronald Reagan looking for Bogeys in Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943)
  • Steppin' Out (US, 1925) author of screenplay
  • Seventh Heaven (US, 1927) co-author of screenplay
  • No Other Woman (US, 1928) co-author of screenplay
  • Sunshine (US, 1928) two-reeler; debut as director
  • The Singing City (Germany, 1930) producer; starring Brigitte Helm
  • City of Song (UK, 1931) producer
  • Money for Speed (UK, 1933)
  • Crime on the Hill (UK, 1933)
  • The Ghost Camera (UK, 1933)
  • On Thin Ice (UK, 1933)
  • The Night Club Queen (UK, 1933)
  • The Broken Melody (UK, 1934)
  • Blind Justice (UK, 1934)
  • Dark World (UK, 1935)
  • Street Song (UK, 1935)
  • Ten Minute Alibi (UK, 1935)
  • The Last Journey (UK, 1935)
  • Dusty Ermine (UK, 1936)
  • Broken Blossoms (UK, 1936) technical supervisor
  • Cotton Queen (UK, 1937)
  • King of the Newsboys (US, 1938)
  • Fisherman's Wharf (US, 1939)
  • Way Down South (US, 1939) co-director
  • Three Faces West (US, 1940)
  • Lady From Louisiana (US, 1941)
  • Angels With Broken Wings (US, 1941)
  • The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (US, 1942)
  • Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (US, 1943) short film
  • Bury Me Dead (US, 1947)
  • The Amazing Mr. X (US, 1948) also known as The Spiritualist
  • So Young, So Bad (US, 1950)
  • The Lady From Boston (France-US, 1951) also known as Pardon My French
  • Imbarco a mezzanotte (Italy, 1951) also known as Stranger on the Prowl; replaced by Joseph Losey
  • Fanciulle di lusso (Italy, 1953) also known as Finishing School, written by blacklisted writer Norma Barzman
  • Roman Holiday (US, 1953) assistant director, under pseudonym
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 31 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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