Anatole Litvak


Director
Anatole Litvak

About

Also Known As
Mikhail Anatol Litvak
Birth Place
Ukraine
Born
May 10, 1902
Died
December 15, 1974

Biography

Began his film career at Leningrad's Nordkino studios in 1923, moved to Germany in 1925 and began directing for UFA in 1930. Following the international success of the French production, "Mayerling" (1936), Litvak moved to the US where he signed with Warner Bros. in 1937. He earned a reputation as a capable handler of urban dramas ("City for Conquest" 1940, "Blues in the Night" 1941, "So...

Family & Companions

Miriam Hopkins
Wife
Actor. Married 1937-39.
Sophie Steur
Wife
Fashion designer. Designed costumes for some of Litvak's films.

Biography

Began his film career at Leningrad's Nordkino studios in 1923, moved to Germany in 1925 and began directing for UFA in 1930. Following the international success of the French production, "Mayerling" (1936), Litvak moved to the US where he signed with Warner Bros. in 1937. He earned a reputation as a capable handler of urban dramas ("City for Conquest" 1940, "Blues in the Night" 1941, "Sorry, Wrong Number" 1948) and received critical acclaim for "The Snake Pit" (1948), a harrowing, realistic account of life in a mental institution. Litvak's post-1950s work--all European--consisted primarily of glossy, somewhat turgid star vehicles. He was married to actress Miriam Hopkins (from 1937 to 1939) and costume designer Sophie Steur, who worked on some of his films.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Director
The Night of the Generals (1967)
Director
Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
Director
Goodbye Again (1961)
Director
The Journey (1959)
Director
Anastasia (1956)
Director
The Deep Blue Sea (1955)
Director
Act of Love (1953)
Director
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Director
The Snake Pit (1948)
Director
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Director
The Long Night (1947)
Director
This Above All (1942)
Director
Out of the Fog (1941)
Director
Blues in the Night (1941)
Director
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Director
City for Conquest (1940)
Director
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Director
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
Director
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Director
The Sisters (1938)
Director
Tovarich (1937)
Director
The Woman I Love (1937)
Director
Mayerling (1935)
Director
Be Mine Tonight (1933)
Director
Sleeping Car (1933)
Director
La Chanson d'une nuit (1932)
Director
Nie Wieder Liebe (1931)
Director
Dolly Macht Karriere (1929)
Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Napoleon (1929)
Assistant Director
Casanova (1927)
Assistant Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Meet Me at Dawn (1947)
Play As Source Material ("Le Tueur")
Nie Wieder Liebe (1931)
Screenwriter
Nie Wieder Liebe (1931)
Adaptation

Producer (Feature Film)

The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Producer
10:30 P.M. Summer (1966)
Producer
Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
Producer
Goodbye Again (1961)
Producer
The Journey (1959)
Producer
The Deep Blue Sea (1955)
Producer
Act of Love (1953)
Producer
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Producer
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Producer
The Snake Pit (1948)
Producer
The Long Night (1947)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

The Joyless Street (1925)
Editor

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (1970)
Company
Goodbye Again (1961)
Company
The Long Night (1947)
Company
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Company
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Company
The Sisters (1938)
Company
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Company
Tovarich (1937)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Other

Life Events

1923

Began film career at Nordkino studios, Leningrad

1925

Moved to Germany

1936

Moved to USA

1937

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

Photo Collections

City for Conquest - Behind-the-Scenes Still
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of Warner Bros' City for Conquest (1940), starring Ann Sheridan and directed by Anatole Litvak.
Sorry, Wrong Number - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938) - Some Slight Mental Aberration Loyal nurse Randolph (Gale Page) tries to keep up as her employer (Edward G. Robinson), who’s just informed her that he committed a series of big jewel heists, explains his reasoning, which is getting near science fiction, in the Warner Bros. crime drama The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, 1938.
Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938) - You Make The Perfect Target It’s nowhere near clear what Edward G. Robinson’s angle is, but he’s the title character, at a society party, interrupting a burglary by Billy Wayne, Humphrey Bogart escaping, as hostess Mrs. Updyke (Georgia Caine) twitters, Anatole Litvak directing, in Warner Bros.’ The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, 1938.
Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938) - The Guy's A Ghost Edward G. Robinson (title character, dabbling in jewel thievery to satisfy his scientific curiosity) has bluffed his way in to meet fence Jo Keller (Claire Trevor), surprised to find out she’s a girl, Maxie Rosenbloom her goon, Humphrey Bogart her cohort “Rocks,” in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, 1938.
All This, And Heaven Too (1940) - The Name Of A French Prison Presented by her new employer Miss Haines (Janet Beecher) at a New York girls' school, Henriette (Bette Davis) has trouble with pupils, Emily (Ann Gillis) the ringleader, opening All This, And Heaven Too, from the fact-based novel by Rachel Field.
All This, And Heaven Too (1940) - A Most Attractive Governess Young Raynard (Richard Nichols) and governess Henriette (Bette Davis) are surprised when their father and employer the Duc (Charles Boyer) and daughter Louise (Virginia Wiedler) arrive in Paris from the summer home, proceeding to the opera, in Warner Bros. All This, And Heaven Too, 1940.
City For Conquest (1940) - We Just Look That Way At a neighborhood send-off party, boxer Danny (James Cagney) and dancer Peggy (Ann Sheridan) before a tearful goodbye, in Warner Bros. City For Conquest, 1940.
City For Conquest (1940) - Your Cup Or My Bean With first-time dance partner Murray (Anthony Quinn), Peggy (Ann Sheridan) wins her first contest, celebrations going not so well with boyfriend Danny (James Cagney) and pals (Frank McHugh, George Tobias), in City For Conquest, 1940.
City For Conquest (1940) - These Boys Better Be Good James Cagney as trucker Danny dipping his toe back into fighting, Frank McHugh as corner-man Mutt, Donald Crisp the visiting promoter, George Tobias his wing-man, and Kit Guard as the worse-for-wear ex-fighter, early in Warner Bros.’ City For Conquest, co-starring Ann Sheridan and Arthur Kennedy.
Night Of The Generals, The (1967) - You've Become Vicious General von Seidlitz-Gabler and his wife (Charles Gray and Coral Browne) host General Tanz (Peter O'Toole) and introduce their daughter (Joanna Pettet) at a reception, in Sam Spiegel's Night of the Generals, 1967.
Night Of The Generals, The (1967) - Holiday Rations Corporal Hartmann (Tom Courtenay) is the tour guide for General Tanz (Peter O'Toole) who is under orders to take one day's leave and enjoy Paris, in Sam Spiegel's Night of the Generals, 1967.
Night Of The Generals, The (1967) - A Remarkable Officer Narration begins the introduction of General Tanz (Peter O'Toole), accompanied by Col. Sandauer (John Gregson) in the Warsaw ghetto, in producer Sam Spiegel's Nazi murder mystery, Night of the Generals, 1967.
Snake Pit, The (1948) - Before It's Too Late Shrink doctor Kik (Leo Genn) with more beaurocratic colleagues (Natalie Shafer as Miss Seifert, Howard Freeman, Frank Conroy, et al) arguing his case in the staff dining hall, in Anatole Litvak's The Snake Pit, 1948.

Trailer

Goodbye Again (1961) - (Original Trailer) Ingrid Bergman trades Yves Montand for young Anthony Perkins in the Parisian romance Goodbye Again (1961) with fashions by Christian Dior.
Five Miles to Midnight - (U.S. Trailer) Sophia Loren tries to free herself from her husband by helping him fake his own death in the thriller Five Miles to Midnight (1963).
Castle on the Hudson - (Original Trailer) A hardened crook (John Garfield) vs. a reform-minded warden in a remake of 20,000 Years In Sing Sing, Castle on the Hudson (1940).
Anastasia - (Original Trailer) A group of exiled Russians claim to have found the living daughter (Ingrid Bergman) of the Tsar in Anastasia (1956).
All This, and Heaven Too - (Original Trailer) A French nobleman falls in love with his children's governess in All This and Heaven Too (1940) starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer.
Sisters, The - (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn and Bette Davis in love and it's all capped off with the San Francisco earthquake, as promoted by Warner Bros. in the original theatrical trailer for The Sisters, 1938, directed by Anatole Litvak.
Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The - (Original Trailer) A doctor (Edward G. Robinson) plots crimes so he can study criminal psychology in The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938), directed by Anatole Litvak.
Tovarich - (Original Trailer) Russian nobles flee the revolution and take jobs in Paris as servants in the romantic comedy, Tovarich (1937) starring Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer.
Journey, The - (Original Trailer) A Communist officer (Yul Brynner) falls for a married woman (Deborah Kerr) during the 1956 Hungarian invasion in The Journey (1959).
Blues in the Night - (Original Trailer) The members of a traveling jazz band try to keep their leader (Richard Whorf) from drinking himself to death in Blues in the Night (1941).
Decision Before Dawn - (Original Trailer) Two German POW's are sent back into Germany to gather intelligence for the U.S. Army in Decision Before Dawn (1951).
Out of the Fog - (Original Trailer) John Garfield is a racketeer who terrorizes a small fishing community until he falls in love with fisherman's daughter Ida Lupino in Out of the Fog (1941).

Companions

Miriam Hopkins
Wife
Actor. Married 1937-39.
Sophie Steur
Wife
Fashion designer. Designed costumes for some of Litvak's films.

Bibliography