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Paul Henreid Movies: From Nearly Losing Ingrid Bergman to Lighting Bette Davis' Cigarette

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Paul Henreid: Actor was 'dependable' leading man to Hollywood actresses

Paul Henreid, best known as the man who wins Ingrid Bergman's body but not her heart in Casablanca, is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of July 2013. TCM will be showing a couple of dozen movies featuring Henreid, who, though never a top star, was a “dependable” – i.e., unexciting but available – leading man to a number of top Hollywood actresses of the '40s, among them Bette Davis, Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland, Eleanor Parker, Joan Bennett, and Katharine Hepburn.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of Paul Henreid movies to be shown on Turner Classic Movies in July consists of Warner Bros. productions that are frequently broadcast all year long, no matter who is TCM's Star of the Month. Just as unfortunately, TCM will not present any of Henreid's little-seen supporting performances of the '30s, e.g., in Erich Engel's Austrian-made High School (1934); Johannes Riemann' German-Austrian co-production Eva, the Factory Girl (1935), starring Magda Schneider (Romy Schneider's mother) in the title role, opposite German film icon Heinz Rühmann; or Herbert Wilcox's blockbuster Victoria the Great (1937), with Anna Neagle in the title role and Anton Walbrook as Prince Albert.

Instead, if you've missed all of TCM's 41,483 showings of Casablanca, you'll finally get your chance to check it out this month. Same with Now, Voyager; Between Two Worlds (featuring last month's Star of the Month Eleanor Parker); Goodbye Mr. Chips; Deception; and Devotion.

Paul Henreid movies

None of tonight's Paul Henreid movies is considered a masterpiece. Not even close. Devotion (made in 1943, released in 1946), about the Brontë sisters, is chiefly of interest as the last Warner Bros. movie starring Olivia de Havilland (who, by the way, turned 97 yesterday). Devotion was released nearly three years after de Havilland sued the studio – eventually winning a landmark court case. Of note: Ida Lupino is the one who gets top billing in the film.

From novelists to composers: In Clarence Brown's Song of Love (1947), made at MGM, Paul Henreid plays Robert Schumann to Katharine Hepburn's Clara Wieck Schumann. Robert Walker, before becoming a murderously psychotic gay man (Strangers on a Train) and – even more damning – an atheist communist (My Son John), plays Johannes Brahms. And there's more: Henry Daniell as Franz Liszt, and, if the IMDb is to be believed, future Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner George Chakiris (West Side Story) as a chorus boy, and the star of 1921's Queen of Sheba, Betty Blythe, as an opera-glasses-wearing lady at, where else, the opera.

From composers to theatrical impresarios (and more composers): In the box office hit Deep in My Heart (1954), Paul Henreid plays Florenz Ziegfeld opposite José Ferrer's Sigmund Romberg and Merle Oberon's Dorothy Donnelly. Deep in My Heart's all-star cast also includes Walter Pidgeon, Helen Traubel, Gene Kelly, Jane Powell, Ann Miller, Vic Damone, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Tony Martin, and George Clooney's aunt Rosemary Clooney.

As for Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956), it's probably one the reasons the careers of Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey went down the drain in the late '50s.

Paul Henreid movie schedule (PT)

5:00 PM IN OUR TIME (1944). A Polish count and his English wife battle Nazi invaders. Dir.: Vincent Sherman. Cast: Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Nancy Coleman, Mary Boland, Victor Francen, Alla Nazimova, Michael Chekhov, Frank Reicher. Black and white. 111 min.

7:00 PM DEVOTION (1946). The Brontë sisters and their brother fight personal demons to realize their artistic ambitions. Dir.: Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, Olivia de Havilland, Sydney Greenstreet, Nancy Coleman, Arthur Kennedy, Dame May Whitty, Victor Francen, Montagu Love, Ethel Griffies, Edmund Breon, Doris Lloyd, Billy Bevan, Elspeth Dudgeon. Black and white. 107 min.

9:00 PM SONG OF LOVE (1947). True story of Clara Schumann's battle to save husband Robert's health and resist the romantic overtures of Johannes Brahms. Dir.: Clarence Brown. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell, Leo G. Carroll, Elsa Janssen, Gigi Perreau, Tala Birell, Henry Stephenson, Betty Blythe, George Chakiris, Frank Reicher. Black and white. 118 min.

11:15 PM DEEP IN MY HEART (1954). Musical biography of composer Sigmund Romberg, who fought to bring serious music to Broadway. Dir.: Stanley Donen. Cast: Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Henreid, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon, Tamara Toumanova, Paul Stewart, Isobel Elsom, Rosemary Clooney, Jim Backus, Gene Kelly, Jane Powell, Ann Miller, Vic Damone, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Tony Martin, Fred Kelly, William Olvis, James Mitchell, Joan Weldon, Russ Tamblyn. Color. 132 mins. Letterbox Format.

1:30 AM MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS (1956). A ballerina becomes a gambler's lucky charm. Dir.: Roy Rowland. Cast: Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Jim Backus, Paul Henreid, Lili Darvas, Cara Williams, George Chakiris, Betty Lynn, Lena Horne, Frankie Laine, The Four Aces, Pier Angeli, Vic Damone, Steve Forrest, Mitsuko Sawamura. Color. 112 mins. Letterbox Format.

July 9

Paul Henreid two cigarettes Bette Davis Dead RingerPaul Henreid: From lighting two cigarettes and blowing smoke onto Bette Davis' face to lighting two cigarettes while directing twin Bette Davises

Paul Henreid is back as Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of July 2013. TCM will be showing four movies featuring Henreid (Now, Voyager; Deception; The Madwoman of Chaillot; The Spanish Main) and one directed by him (Dead Ringer). (Image: Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes on the set of Dead Ringer, while Bette Davis remembers the good old days.)

Irving Rapper's Now, Voyager (1942) was one of Bette Davis' biggest hits, and it remains one of the best-remembered romantic movies of the studio era – a favorite among numerous women and some gay men. But why? Personally, I find Now, Voyager a major bore, made (barely) watchable only by a few of the supporting performances (Claude Rains, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Gladys Cooper), Max Steiner's Academy Award-winning score, and Sol Polito's dreamy black-and-white cinematography.

On the downside, Now, Voyager features the Oscar-nominated Bette Davis at her very worst, playing an ugly duckling who discovers her inner swan. Everything about Davis' performance feels calculated, though some of her longing looks are indelible – even if for all the wrong reasons. Paul Henreid, for his part, manages to deliver his lines – credited to Casey Robinson, from a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty – without cracking up. He also succeeds in lighting two cigarettes at the same time. That takes talent.

Deception, a remake of the 1929 Jeanne Eagels vehicle Jealousy, is, like Now, Voyager, a lush black-and-white romantic melodrama directed by Irving Rapper for Warner Bros. (Both Jealousy and Deception are based on Louis Verneuil's play Monsieur Lamberthier.) The film's production values are outstanding – music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, cinematography by Ernest Haller, art direction by Anton Grot, set decoration by George James Hopkins — but the drama itself never quite ignites. Bette Davis, in a role reportedly intended for Barbara Stanwyck, is a tad more restrained in this one, but it's Claude Rains who steals the show, rendering Paul Henreid, stuck in a conventional leading-man role, all but invisible.

The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Spanish Main

Based on Jean Giraudoux's play, The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) is a dramatic mess, but Katharine Hepburn is excellent in the title role, and the film offers gorgeous color cinematography (Burnett Guffey and Claude Renoir) and a great score (Michael J. Lewis). Paul Henreid is one of the many stars – Giulietta Masina, Charles Boyer, Yul Brynner, among them – appearing in what amounts to cameos.

Unfortunately, the troubled The Madwoman of Chaillot – Bryan Forbes replaced John Huston at the helm – turned out to be an expensive flop, thus ending Katharine Hepburn's brief run as a box office draw following Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Lion in Winter. Screenwriter Edward Anhalt had better luck with his screenplay for Peter Glenville's adaptation of another French play, Jean Anouilh's Becket.

The Spanish Main (1945) is a moderately entertaining swashbuckler, a big success upon its release. Frank Borzage, best known for his romantic melodramas (7th Heaven, Bad Girl), directed this Technicolor romp, with Maureen O'Hara's red hair stealing the show from everybody and everything else. Of note: The Spanish Main features silent era stars Antonio Moreno and, as per the IMDb, James Kirkwood, in bit parts.

Paul Henreid director

Directed by Paul Henreid, Dead Ringer (1964) revolves around his Now, Voyager and Deception co-star, Bette Davis, once again playing twins – one good, one evil. Davis, of course, had already been there and done that in Curtis Bernhardt's 1946 melo A Stolen Life (as Kate Bosworth and Patricia Bosworth – no connection to either the actress Kate or the journalist Patricia). Now, Dead Ringer is campy fun, even though the plot and performances don't always work. A curiosity: Dead Ringer features Henreid's daughter, Monika. Also, David Cronenberg's dark 1988 psychological thriller Dead Ringers, starring Jeremy Irons as unbalanced twins, has nothing in common with the Bette Davis flick.

Of note, Paul Henreid directed only a handful of features, but he kept himself busy on television. According to the IMDb, among his directorial TV credits are episodes from dozens of series, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Cheyenne, Bonanza, The Third Man, Thriller, The Virginian, and The Big Valley.

Paul Henreid movies (PT)

5:00 PM NOW, VOYAGER (1942). Dir.: Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, John Loder, Franklin Pangborn, Katherine Alexander, Mary Wickes, James Rennie, Yola d'Avril, Charles Drake, Claire Du Brey, Elspeth Dudgeon, Lester Matthews, Ian Wolfe. Black and white. 118 min.

7:00 PM DECEPTION (1946). Dir.: Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, John Abbott, Benson Fong. Black and white. 112 min.

9:00 PM DEAD RINGER (1964). Dir.: Paul Henreid. Cast: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Philip Carey, Jean Hagen, George Macready, Estelle Winwood, George Chandler, Mario Alcalde, Ken Lynch. Black and white. 116 mins. Letterbox Format.

11:00 PM THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969). Dir.: Bryan Forbes. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Charles Boyer, Claude Dauphin, John Gavin, Richard Chamberlain, Edith Evans, Giulietta Masina, Yul Brynner, Oskar Homolka, Paul Henreid, Donald Pleasence, Nanette Newman, Danny Kaye, Margaret Leighton, Fernand Gravey, Gerald Sim. Color. 132 mins. Letterbox Format.

1:15 AM THE SPANISH MAIN (1945). Dir.: Frank Borzage. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Paul Henreid, Walter Slezak, Binnie Barnes, John Emery, Barton MacLane, J.M. Kerrigan, Fritz Leiber, Nancy Gates, Jack La Rue, Mike Mazurki, Ian Keith, Curt Bois, Antonio Moreno, Marcelle Corday, John George, James Kirkwood. Color. 101 min.

July 16

Paul Henreid The Scar Hollow TriumphPaul Henreid: Hollow Triumph a.k.a. The Scar tonight

Turner Classic Movies' Paul Henreid film series continues this Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. Of tonight's movies, the most interesting offering is Hollow Triumph / The Scar, a 1948 B thriller adapted by Daniel Fuchs (Panic in the Streets, Love Me or Leave Me) from Murray Forbes' novel, and in which the gentlemanly Henreid was cast against type: a crook who, in an attempt to escape from other (and more dangerous) crooks, impersonates a psychiatrist with a scar on his chin. Joan Bennett, mostly wasted in a non-role, is Henreid's leading lady.

The thriller's director is Hungarian import Steve Sekely, whose Hollywood career consisted chiefly of minor B fare. In fact, though hardly a great effort, Hollow Triumph was probably the apex of Sekely's cinematic output in terms of prestige – though the 1943 World War II melodrama Women in Bondage, with Nancy Kelly and Gail Patrick suffering under the Nazis, is much more fun.

Paul Henreid movies: From Paris to Bagdad

Never So Few (1959), which is on right now, is quite likely one of director John Sturges' very worst movies. It's surprising that this dreadful World War II melodrama was written by the same person – Millard Kaufman – with whom Sturges had collaborated on the much superior Bad Day at Black Rock. Paul Henreid has a supporting role in Never So Few, as the “human element” (that's got to be between quotes) in the movie revolves around the relationship between Frank Sinatra (at his most actorish) and Gina Lollobrigida (at her most stilted). Of note: according to the IMDb, Never So Few features future Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Mako (The Sand Pebbles) and future Star Trek and Facebookstar George Takei in bit roles.

Siren of Bagdad (1953) is a forgettable B “Eastern” despite the direction of Richard Quine (The Solid Gold Cadillac, Bell Book and Candle). Henreid's leading lady is Anglo-Spanish beauty Patricia Medina, at the time in-between husbands (Richard Greene, Joseph Cotten). Now, if Siren of Bagdad is a B Eastern, then Thief of Damascus (1952) is a grade D effort in that genre. The director is Will Jason, perhaps best remembered for the (largely forgotten) It Happened One Night remake Eve Knew Her Apples, with Ann Miller in the old Claudette Colbert role.

I've never watched either Robert Stevenson's Joan of Paris (1942), Paul Henreid's first U.S.-made Hollywood movie (Goodbye Mr. Chips was made in the UK), or Bernard Vorhaus' So Young So Bad (1950). Both have promising elements: the former stars Michèle Morgan, one of the most incredibly beautiful actresses in film history, and boasts a cool supporting cast (May Robson, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd in a minor role); the latter tackles the issue of female juvenile delinquency – always a hilarious topic, especially if the film is a Serious Drama with a Message. The supporting cast includes Anne Francis, Anne Jackson, and future Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story).

Paul Henreid movie schedule

5:00 PM NEVER SO FEW (1959). A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II. Dir.: John Sturges. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Paul Henreid, Richard Johnson, Brian Donlevy, Dean Jones, Charles Bronson, Philip Ahn, Robert Bray, John Hoyt, Whit Bissell, Mako, George Takei. Color. 125 mins. Letterbox Format.

7:15 PM SIREN OF BAGDAD (1953). An Arabian magician takes on a corrupt sultan to help a beautiful princess. Dir.: Richard Quine. Cast: Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Hans Conried, Charles Lung, Anne Dore, Laurette Luez, Frankie Darro. Color. 72 min.

8:30 PM HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948). A crook on the lam poses as a psychiatrist. Dir.: Steve Sekely. Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen, Mabel Paige, George Chandler, Catherine Doucet, Franklyn Farnum, Lucien Littlefield, Norma Varden, Jack Webb. Black and white. 83 min.

10:00 PM JOAN OF PARIS (1942). A waitress risks her life to help downed pilots escape occupied France. Dir.: Robert Stevenson. Cast: Michèle Morgan, Paul Henreid, Thomas Mitchell, Laird Cregar, May Robson, Alexander Granach, Alan Ladd, Jack Briggs, Robert Fraser, Hans Conried, John Abbott, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Marie Windsor. Black and white. 92 min.

11:45 PM THIEF OF DAMASCUS (1952). A young man assembles a band of adventurers to take on an evil sultan. Dir.: Will Jason. Cast: Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Jeff Donnell, Elena Verdugo, Lon Chaney Jr., Helen Gilbert, Robert Clary, Philip Van Zandt. Color. 78 min.

1:15 AM SO YOUNG SO BAD (1950). A crusading psychiatrist tries to help troubled reform school girls. Dir.: Bernard Vorhaus. Cast: Paul Henreid, Catherine McLeod, Cecil Clovelly, Grace Coppin, Anne Francis, Rita Moreno, Anne Jackson, Enid Pulver. Black and white. 91 min.

July 23

Paul Henreid Eleanor Parker Between Two WorldsPaul Henreid: From Eleanor Parker to 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' (image: Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker in 'Between Two Worlds')

Paul Henreid returns this evening, as Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of July 2013. In Of Human Bondage (1946), he stars in the old Leslie Howard role: a clubfooted medical student who falls for a ruthless waitress (Eleanor Parker, in the old Bette Davis role). Next on TCM, Henreid and Eleanor Parker are reunited in Between Two Worlds (1944), in which passengers aboard an ocean liner wonder where they are and where the hell (or heaven or purgatory) they're going.

Hollywood Canteen (1944) is a near-plotless, all-star showcase for Warner Bros.' talent, a World War II morale-boosting follow-up to that studio's Thank Your Lucky Stars, released the previous year. Last of the Buccaneers (1950) and Pirates of Tripoli (1955) are B pirate movies. The former is an uninspired affair, with Paul Henreid as Jean Lafitte; I haven't seen the latter. Just don't expect anything as lively as Robert Siodmak's The Crimson Pirate, a Burt Lancaster star vehicle released in 1952.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Following the success of its Best Picture Academy Award winner Ben-Hur (1959) – a remake of Fred Niblo's 1925 epic starring Ramon Novarro – MGM attempted to create another major critical and box office hit by rebooting another one of the studio's silent era blockbusters: Rex Ingram's 1921 sensation The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the romantic epic that helped to turn Rudolph Valentino into a superstar.

Box-office lightning, however, didn't strike twice. Instead of another Ben-Hur, the 1962 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse turned out to be a costly dud. A badly miscast Glenn Ford and Vincente Minnelli's conventional direction surely didn't help matters any; in fact, when the movie was screened to journalists there were reports of loud guffaws – especially at the Nazi occupation scenes. Admittedly, Milton Krasner's color cinematography is quite striking.

Of note: the voice coming out of the Ingrid Thulin's mouth belongs to former MGM contract player Angela Lansbury. Needless to say, Thulin did much better work in her native Sweden.

Paul Henreid movies

5:00 PM OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1946). Dir.: Edmund Goulding. Cast: Paul Henreid, Eleanor Parker, Alexis Smith, Edmund Gwenn, Patric Knowles, Janis Paige, Henry Stephenson, Isobel Elsom, Una O'Connor, Eva Moore. Black and white. 106 min.

7:00 PM BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1944). Dir.: Edward A. Blatt. Cast: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Edmund Gwenn, George Tobias, Faye Emerson, George Coulouris, Sara Allgood, Dennis King, Isobel Elsom, Lester Matthews. Black and white. 112 min.

9:00 PM HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (1944). Dir.: Delmer Daves. Cast: Joan Leslie, Dane Clark, The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Jack Carson, Kitty Carlisle, Helmut Dantine, Faye Emerson, Victor Francen, John Garfield, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, Paul Henreid, Robert Hutton, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Dorothy Malone, Irene Manning, Joan McCracken, Dolores Moran, Dennis Morgan, Janis Paige, Eleanor Parker, William Prince, Joyce Reynolds, Roy Rogers, Trigger, S.Z. Sakall, Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Craig Stevens, Donald Woods, Jane Wyman. Black and white. 124 min.

11:15 PM PIRATES OF TRIPOLI (1955). Dir.: Felix Feist. Cast: Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Paul Newland, John Miljan, Mark Hanna, Jean Del Val, Lilian Bond, Eugene Borden, William Fawcett. Color. 71 mins. Letterbox Format.

12:30 AM LAST OF THE BUCCANEERS (1950). Dir.: Lew Landers. Cast: Paul Henreid, Jack Oakie, Karin Booth, Mary Anderson, Edgar Barrier, John Dehner, Harry Cording, Eugene Borden. Color. 79 min.

2:00 AM THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1962). Dir.: Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Lukas, Yvette Mimieux, Karl Boehm, Paul Henreid, Harriet E. MacGibbon, Kathryn Givney, George Dolenz, Nestor Paiva, Albert Rémy, Fifi D'Orsay. Color. 153 mins. Letterbox Format.

July 30

Paul Henreid CasablancaPaul Henreid in 'Casablanca': Freedom Fighter on screen, Blacklisted 'Subversive' off screen

Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of July 2013, Paul Henreid, bids you farewell this evening. TCM left the most popular, if not exactly the best, for last: Casablanca, Michael Curtiz's 1943 Best Picture Oscar-winning drama, is showing at 7 p.m. PT tonight. (Image: Paul Henreid sings “La Marseillaise” in Casablanca.)

One of the best-remembered movies of the studio era, Casablanca – not set in a Spanish or Mexican White House – features Paul Henreid as Czechoslovakian underground leader Victor Laszlo, Ingrid Bergman's husband but not her True Love. That's Humphrey Bogart, owner of a cafe in the titular Moroccan city. Henreid's anti-Nazi hero is generally considered one of least interesting elements in Casablanca, but Alt Film Guide contributor Dan Schneider thinks otherwise.

In any case, Victor Laszlo feels like a character made to order for Paul Henreid, not only in terms of looks and demeanor, but also in terms of the actor's off-screen political beliefs. Apparently someone who took tyranny seriously, Henreid fell afoul of the Nazis in the '30s and of American right-wingers in the late '40s, when he was accused of being a Communist sympathizer – much to the detriment of his Hollywood career.

Back to Casablanca: I've always failed to grasp the film's popularity. If I were to list my top 50 romantic movies, this Warner Bros. production likely wouldn't be included among them. Perhaps it's because I find Humphrey Bogart's Bogart characters hard to swallow. (Bogart's anti-Bogart characters, e.g., those found in The African Queen and The Caine Mutiny, are infinitely more interesting.) Anyhow, even if you're not a Bogart fan and/or don't care for romantic movies, Casablanca offers a whole array of scene-stealing supporting players, among them Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre.

Paul Henreid: The Conspirators; Goodbye Mr. Chips

Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, a sort of twisted Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, can also be seen in The Conspirators (1944). In that Jean Negulesco-directed romantic thriller, instead of Casablanca, you get Lisbon. Instead of Ingrid Bergman, you get Hedy Lamarr (who had been offered Bergman's role in Casablanca). Instead of Paul Henreid as an underground leader you get him as a guerrilla leader. But the war is the same – well, minus Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, and Conrad Veidt.

Richard Thorpe's Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) is a romantic comedy featuring Dean Martin minus Jerry Lewis. Paul Henreid has a small role in this one and in the all-star World War II adventure drama Operation Crossbow (1965), one of the many expensive war movies of the '60s that tried to replicate the critical and box office success of J. Lee Thompson's The Guns of Navarone. I haven't watched Operation Crossbow, but the cast, headed by Sophia Loren and George Peppard, is (mostly) superb – e.g., Tom Courtenay, Anthony Quayle, Lilli Palmer, Helmut Dantine, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms. Hopefully, these performers are given more to do than most of the stars in another World War II epic of the '60s, The Longest Day.

Directed by Sam Wood, Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) is unabashedly sentimental. Some will love it and cry rivers. Others will roll their eyes and feel the urge to have their blood-sugar level checked. Robert Donat – who did much better work in The 39 Steps and The Count of Monte Cristo (to name two) – won a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a dedicated teacher at an English boys' school. Best Actress nominee Greer Garson, in what amounts to a supporting role, is the Love of His Life. Of note: Among those Donat beat at the Oscars was Gone with the Wind's Clark Gable; the newcomer Garson, however, failed to beat Vivien Leigh. But no matter, she would become Queen of MGM in the '40s. And finally, I should add that the supporting cast in Goodbye Mr. Chips is tip top.

Paul Henreid movies

5:00 PM THE CONSPIRATORS (1944). Dir.: Jean Negulesco. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Joseph Calleia, Carol Thurston, Vladimir Sokoloff, Eduardo Ciannelli, Steven Geray, Luis Alberni, Anthony Caruso, Kurt Katch, George Macready, Wilbur Mack, Paul Panzer, Frank Reicher, Edward Van Sloan, Philip Van Zandt. Black and white. 101 min.

7:00 PM CASABLANCA (1942). An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. Dir.: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinskey, Curt Bois, Marcel Dalio, Helmut Dantine, Monte Blue, George Meeker, Barry Norton, Paul Panzer, Norma Varden. Black and white. 103 min.

9:00 PM TEN THOUSAND BEDROOMS (1957). Dir.: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Dean Martin, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Eva Bartok, Dewey Martin, Walter Slezak, Jules Munshin, Paul Henreid, Marcel Dalio, Evelyn Varden, Lisa Montell, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Dean Jones, Monique van Vooren. Color. 114 mins. Letterbox Format.

11:00 PM OPERATION CROSSBOW (1965). Dir.: Michael Anderson. Cast: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp, Anthony Quayle, Lilli Palmer, Paul Henreid, Helmut Dantine, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, John Fraser, Barbara Rütting, Maurice Denham, Patrick Wymark, Karel Stepanek, Richard Wattis, Allan Cuthbertson. Color. 116 mins. Letterbox Format.

1:00 AM GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1939). A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he's thawed by a beautiful young woman. Dir.: Sam Wood. Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid, Lyn Harding, Judith Furse, Frederick Leister, Louise Hamilton, Milton Rosmer, Austin Trevor, David Tree, Edmund Breon, Jill Furse, Scott Sunderland, Clive Dunn, Cyril Frankel, Martita Hunt, Jack Lambert, John Longden, Patrick Ludlow, Guy Middleton, Phyllis Morris, Cyril Raymond, Michael Shepley, Nigel Stock. Black and white. 114 min.

Paul Henreid movie schedule via the TCM website.

Image of Paul Henreid singing “La Marseillaise” in Casablanca: Warner Bros.

Image of Bette Davis with Paul Henreid lighting two cigarettes on the set of Dead Ringer via worldofwonder.net.

Paul Henreid Hollow Triumph / The Scar black-and-white image via bearstrong.net

Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker in Between Two Worlds photo: Warner Bros.

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  1. tamara andre

    I have very little to say except that in my opinion, if you are unable to comprehend the absolute brilliance of Bette Davis, you have no business reviewing films. You might consider a more appropriate venu.