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John H. Auer
Film director

John H. Auer

John H. Auer
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Intro Film director
Was Screenwriter Film director Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 3 August 1906, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Death 15 March 1975, Riverside, Riverside County, California, U.S.A. (aged 68 years)
Star sign Leo
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John H. Auer (August 3, 1906 in Budapest, Hungary – March 15, 1975 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles) was a Hungarian-born child actor who, on coming to the Americas in 1928, became a movie director and producer, initially in Mexico but, from the early 1930s, in Hollywood.


With the crash of the most powerful family in Europe, the Habsburgs, the Hungarian-born, Vienna-educated, child artiste, Auer, tried his hand at business in Europe.

Auer, however, soon returned to movies. He first tried to work as a director in Hollywood but luck did not seem to favour him. Next, he tried his hand at directing some Mexican films, which did quite well as they not only brought him critical acclaim but the films also fared well in box office receipts, some even brought him awards from the Mexican government.

His success in Mexico helped Auer to make a re-entry into Hollywood and direct films. Although he worked mostly for the Republic Pictures who specialized in Westerns and B films, he stuck to crime thrillers and musicals. Besides directing, he also produced most of his directed films.

The year 1934 saw Auer's Hollywood directorial venture, Frankie and Johnny, filmed at the Mascot Studios. His later years were spent mostly with the Republic Pictures. It was in the late 1940s and early 1950s when some of his B-rated movies such as Angel on the Amazon, Thunderbirds, and Hell's Half Acre were well accepted by the film lovers. He also did a film with RKO Pictures's Gangway for Tomorrow and Universal Studios's Johnny Doughboy.


Selected Filmography
Title Year Role Notes
U.S. Marshals 1959-1960 Producer 10 episodes
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 Producer 1 Episode "Ballad for a Bad Man"
Whirlybirds 1957-1960 Producer 35 episodes
Johnny Trouble 1957 Producer & Director
Sheriff of Cochise Producer 1 Episode "Apache Kid"
The Eternal Sea 1955 Associate Producer
Hell's Half Acre 1954 Director & Producer
City That Never Sleeps 1953 Director & Producer
Thunderbirds 1952 Producer
The Wild Blue Yonder 1951 Producer
Hit Parade of 1951 1950 Producer
The Avengers Producer
Angel on the Amazon 1948 Producer
I, Jane Doe Producer & Director
The Flame 1947 Producer
Pan-Americana 1945 Producer
Music in Manhattan 1944 Producer
Seven Days Ashore Producer
Gangway for Tomorrow 1943 Producer & Director
Tahiti Honey Producer
Johnny Doughboy 1942 Producer
Moonlight Masquerade Producer & Director
Women in War 1940 Director
Hit Parade of 1941 1940 Director
Smuggled Cargo 1939 Producer & Director
Outside of Paradise 1938 Director
Rhythm in the Clouds 1937 Director
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