Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz was a Hungarian-American film director. He had early credits as Mihály Kertész and Michael Kertész. He directed more than fifty films in Europe and more than one hundred in the United States. The best-known were The Adventures of Robin Hood, Angels with Dirty Faces, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and White Christmas. He thrived in the heyday of the Warner Bros. studio in the 1930s and '40s. Curtiz was less successful from the late 1940s onwards, when he attempted to move from studio direction into production and freelance work, but he continued working until shortly before his death.

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Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring back to football respectability.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Donna Reed  •  Chuck Connors  •  Charles Coburn

Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring back to football respectability.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Donna Reed  •  Chuck Connors  •  Charles Coburn

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Pat O’Brien  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ann Sheridan

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Pat O’Brien  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ann Sheridan

Bright Leaf (1950)

Two tobacco growers battle for control of the cigarette market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Patricia Neal  •  Jack Carson

Two tobacco growers battle for control of the cigarette market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Patricia Neal  •  Jack Carson

Casablanca (1942)

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains

Doctor X (1932)

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Lionel Atwill  •  Fay Wray  •  Lee Tracy  •  Preston Foster

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Lionel Atwill  •  Fay Wray  •  Lee Tracy  •  Preston Foster

Dodge City (1939)

In this epic Western, Wade Hatton, a wagon master turned sheriff, tames a cow town at the end of a railroad line.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Ann Sheridan  •  Bruce Cabot

In this epic Western, Wade Hatton, a wagon master turned sheriff, tames a cow town at the end of a railroad line.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Ann Sheridan  •  Bruce Cabot

Four's a Crowd (1938)

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Patric Knowles

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Patric Knowles

Marked Woman (1937)

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Lola Lane  •  Isabel Jewell

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Lola Lane  •  Isabel Jewell

Mildred Pierce (1945)

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

Santa Fe Trail (1940)

As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Alan Hale  •  Ronald Reagan

As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Alan Hale  •  Ronald Reagan

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz  •  William Keighley
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Claude Rains

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz  •  William Keighley
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Claude Rains

The Breaking Point (1950)

A fisherman with money problems hires out his boat to transport criminals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Patricia Neal  •  Phyllis Thaxter  •  Juano Hernández

A fisherman with money problems hires out his boat to transport criminals.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Patricia Neal  •  Phyllis Thaxter  •  Juano Hernández

The Comancheros (1961)

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wayne  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Ina Balin  •  Nehemiah Persoff

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Wayne  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Ina Balin  •  Nehemiah Persoff

The Mayor of Hell (1933)

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Mayo  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Madge Evans  •  Frankie Darro  •  Arthur Byron

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Mayo  •  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Madge Evans  •  Frankie Darro  •  Arthur Byron

The Unsuspected (1947)

The host of the radio murder mystery "The Unsuspected" has a niece who cannot remember being married. An associate of the show is found hanged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Caulfield  •  Claude Rains  •  Audrey Totter  •  Constance Bennett

The host of the radio murder mystery "The Unsuspected" has a niece who cannot remember being married. An associate of the show is found hanged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Caulfield  •  Claude Rains  •  Audrey Totter  •  Constance Bennett

Virginia City (1940)

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Miriam Hopkins  •  Randolph Scott  •  Humphrey Bogart

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Miriam Hopkins  •  Randolph Scott  •  Humphrey Bogart

White Christmas (1954)

CharmingEnjoyableMusicalLighthearted

Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Danny Kaye  •  Rosemary Clooney  •  Vera-Ellen

Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Danny Kaye  •  Rosemary Clooney  •  Vera-Ellen

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Joan Leslie  •  Walter Huston  •  Richard Whorf

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Joan Leslie  •  Walter Huston  •  Richard Whorf

Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard teaches young Rick Martin everything he knows about playing, so Rick becomes a star musician, but a troubled marriage and the desire to play pure jazz instead of commercial swing songs cause him problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Doris Day  •  Hoagy Carmichael

Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard teaches young Rick Martin everything he knows about playing, so Rick becomes a star musician, but a troubled marriage and the desire to play pure jazz instead of commercial swing songs cause him problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Doris Day  •  Hoagy Carmichael

Captain Blood (1935)

Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Ross Alexander

Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Ross Alexander
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