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Brahm, John

(Hamburg 1893–Malibu, California 1982)

Born Hans Julius Brahm. Director. Brahm began his career as actor and director in Berlin and Vienna. In 1932, he was assistant to the director Fedor Ozep on Die kleine Schwindlerin where he met Dolly Haas, and together they toured with a stage-version of Haas' success film Um einen Groschen Liebe (dir. Hans Steinhoff, 1932). In 1935, Brahm emigrated to England, where he directed a remake of D. W. Griffith's silent classic Broken Blossoms, starring Haas. After a brief return to Vienna in 1936, he accepted an offer from Columbia studios and left for Hollywood with Haas. In 1940, he signed with 20th Century Fox and directed what are considered his best works: the anti-Nazi film Escape to Glory (1940); The Undying Monster (1942); The Lodger (1943); and Hangover Square (1944), all of which involve a British ambience. His noir The Locket (1946) has become famous for its complex flashback structure. With the decline of the studio system, it became harder for Brahm to find work, and he returned to Europe. In Germany, he directed Die Goldene Pest (1954), a film about a US sergeant who fights corruption among GIs in a German village. In 1955, Brahm turned to US television, working in series such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Twilight Zone," and "Thriller." His last success in the film industry was Hot Rods to Hell (1967) about a traumatized father who is harrassed by a gang of motorists.


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