Zoltan Korda

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Zoltan Korda (3 June 1895 – 13 October 1961) was a Hungarian-born motion picture screenwriter, director and producer. Born Zoltán Kellner, Kellner Zoltán in Hungarian name order, of Jewish heritage in Pusztatúrpásztó, Túrkeve in Hungary (Austria-Hungary), he was the middle brother of filmmakers Alexander and Vincent Korda. Zoltan Korda went to work with his brother Alexander in their native Hungary and in the United Kingdom for his London Films production company. Initially Zoltan Korda functioned as a camera operator then for a time worked in film editing and as a screenwriter. In 1918 and 1920 in Hungary, he directed two silent film shorts and a feature-length silent film in Germany in 1927. In London, he made his English-language directorial debut with the sound drama Men of Tomorrow (1932) then gained wide respect for the adventure film Sanders of the River (1935), starring Paul Robeson and Leslie Banks. The film proved a significant commercial and critical success, giving Korda the first of his four nominations for "Best Film" at the Venice Film Festival. Korda and Robert Flaherty won the Venice festival's "Best Director" award for Elephant Boy (1937). A former cavalry officer, Korda made a number of military action/adventure films, many of which were filmed in Africa or India. As someone with a social conscience, his film projects often reflected that perspective when dealing with the indigenous peoples of the British ...

Elephant Boy (1937)

This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Robert J. Flaherty
CAST:  Sabu  •  W.E. Holloway  •  Walter Hudd  •  Allan Jeayes

This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Robert J. Flaherty
CAST:  Sabu  •  W.E. Holloway  •  Walter Hudd  •  Allan Jeayes

Jungle Book (1942)

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Joseph Calleia  •  John Qualen  •  Frank Puglia  •  Sabu

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Joseph Calleia  •  John Qualen  •  Frank Puglia  •  Sabu

Sahara (1943)

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

The Four Feathers (1939)

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  John Laurie  •  John Clements  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  John Laurie  •  John Clements  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez

Men of Tomorrow (1932)

In the years after his graduation Allen Shepherd has become a successful novelist and has married Jane Anderson. A firm proponent of traditional sex roles, Shepherd leaves Jane when she accepts a teaching post at Oxford. He later changes his views, and the couple ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Leontine Sagan
CAST:  Joan Gardner  •  Robert Donat  •  Merle Oberon  •  Emlyn Williams

In the years after his graduation Allen Shepherd has become a successful novelist and has married Jane Anderson. A firm proponent of traditional sex roles, Shepherd leaves Jane when she accepts a teaching post at Oxford. He later changes his views, and the couple ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Leontine Sagan
CAST:  Joan Gardner  •  Robert Donat  •  Merle Oberon  •  Emlyn Williams

Forget Me Not (1936)

A young British woman, tricked into believing she was used during a whirlwind romance, marries a gentle widowed Italian opera star, whose songs she and her first love shared.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Beniamino Gigli  •  Joan Gardner  •  Ivan Brandt  •  Jeanne Stuart

A young British woman, tricked into believing she was used during a whirlwind romance, marries a gentle widowed Italian opera star, whose songs she and her first love shared.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Beniamino Gigli  •  Joan Gardner  •  Ivan Brandt  •  Jeanne Stuart

Cash (1933)

A formerly wealthy man and his daughter try to regain wealth by selling a scheme to some investors, when they come upon a huge amount of unclaimed cash that a young electrician has in his tool box.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Wendy Barrie  •  Robert Donat  •  Morris Harvey

A formerly wealthy man and his daughter try to regain wealth by selling a scheme to some investors, when they come upon a huge amount of unclaimed cash that a young electrician has in his tool box.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Wendy Barrie  •  Robert Donat  •  Morris Harvey

The Conquest of the Air (1936)

This early docudrama uses dramatic re-enactment, working models of early flying machines, and archival footage to trace man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930's.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Alexander Esway  •  John Monk Saunders
CAST:  Frederick Culley  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Franklin Dyall  •  Henry Victor

This early docudrama uses dramatic re-enactment, working models of early flying machines, and archival footage to trace man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930's.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Alexander Esway  •  John Monk Saunders
CAST:  Frederick Culley  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Franklin Dyall  •  Henry Victor

A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ann Blyth  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Cedric Hardwicke

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ann Blyth  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Cedric Hardwicke

Storm Over the Nile (1955)

Storm Over the Nile is a 1955 film adaptation of the novel The Four Feathers, directed by Terence Young. The film not only extensively used footage of the action scenes from the 1939 film version stretched into CinemaScope, but exactly the same screenplay, almost ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young  •  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Laurence Harvey  •  Anthony Steel  •  James Robertson Justice  •  Mary Ure

Storm Over the Nile is a 1955 film adaptation of the novel The Four Feathers, directed by Terence Young. The film not only extensively used footage of the action scenes from the 1939 film version stretched into CinemaScope, but exactly the same screenplay, almost ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young  •  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Laurence Harvey  •  Anthony Steel  •  James Robertson Justice  •  Mary Ure

The Macomber Affair (1947)

A big-game hunter takes a rich American couple on an African safari. Film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Joan Bennett  •  Robert Preston  •  Reginald Denny

A big-game hunter takes a rich American couple on an African safari. Film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Joan Bennett  •  Robert Preston  •  Reginald Denny

Counter-Attack (1945)

Two Russians fight to escape the seven Nazi soldiers trapped with them in a bombed building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Marguerite Chapman  •  Larry Parks  •  Harro Meller

Two Russians fight to escape the seven Nazi soldiers trapped with them in a bombed building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Marguerite Chapman  •  Larry Parks  •  Harro Meller

Sanders of the River (1935)

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930s rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Paul Robeson  •  Leslie Banks  •  Nina Mae McKinney  •  Robert Cochran

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930s rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Paul Robeson  •  Leslie Banks  •  Nina Mae McKinney  •  Robert Cochran

The Drum (1938)

Set in the India of the British Raj, the evil and untrustworthy Prince Guhl (Raymond Massey) plans to wipe out the British troops as they enjoy the hospitality of Guhl's spacious palace. It's up to the loyal young Prince Azim (Sabu) to warn the troops of Guhl's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Sabu  •  Raymond Massey  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Roger Livesey

Set in the India of the British Raj, the evil and untrustworthy Prince Guhl (Raymond Massey) plans to wipe out the British troops as they enjoy the hospitality of Guhl's spacious palace. It's up to the loyal young Prince Azim (Sabu) to warn the troops of Guhl's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Sabu  •  Raymond Massey  •  Valerie Hobson  •  Roger Livesey

Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Canada Lee  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Joyce Carey  •  Michael Goodliffe

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Canada Lee  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Joyce Carey  •  Michael Goodliffe

The Eleven Devils (1927)

Die elf Teufel / The Eleven Devils was made in Berlin in the summer of 1927, in the last throes of the silent movie era. But Die elf Teufel strikes one today as a prophetic film. One of its early captions is "Football, the sport of the century ". We are shown a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Carl Boese
CAST:  Gustav Fröhlich  •  Evelyn Holt  •  Lissy Arna  •  Fritz Alberti

Die elf Teufel / The Eleven Devils was made in Berlin in the summer of 1927, in the last throes of the silent movie era. But Die elf Teufel strikes one today as a prophetic film. One of its early captions is "Football, the sport of the century ". We are shown a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda  •  Carl Boese
CAST:  Gustav Fröhlich  •  Evelyn Holt  •  Lissy Arna  •  Fritz Alberti