The Info List - Oskar Karlweis

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Oskar Karlweis (10 July 1894, Hinterbrühl
– 24 January 1956, New York City) was an Austrian stage and film actor, active internationally.


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Selected filmography 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Son of a playwright, Karlweis abandoned his youthful law studies for the stage, first for eight years at Vienna's Stadttheater. After service in World War I, he was active with Max Reinhardt's Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, followed by engagements at various theaters in Munich
and Vienna, and then to the Berlin
stage where he had a popular following playing singing and dancing roles, including as Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. His general manner was humorous, charming, naive, and cheerful. In Berlin
between 1930 and 1933 he worked as a recording artist and acted in more than a dozen German light comedy and musical films, most famously as one of Lilian Harvey's suitors in the hugely successful operetta film The Three from the Filling Station. With Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Karlweis, who was of Jewish descent, returned to the Austrian stage; but with the Nazi Anschluss in 1938 he was again forced to flee, first to Switzerland and then Paris where, at both locations, he took to the stage with fellow Austrian law school dropout, writer/director, and cabaret performer Karl Farkas. When German forces took Paris in 1940, Karlweis, along with his friend Austrian writer Friedrich Torberg, fled via Spain to Portugal, whence they made their way to New York. Not knowing English, Karlweis was at first limited to acting in German emmigré productions, but he soon got his English legs and appeared in eight Broadway shows in the early 1940s,[1] including the title role in Franz Werfel's long-running "Jacobowsky and the Colonel," garnering outstanding reviews.[2] In the early 1950s Karlweis played supporting roles in TV productions and in several Hollywood and European films.[3] He died in 1956 of a heart attack in New York, and is interred in Vienna. Personal life[edit] In 1946, Karlweis married theatrical and film producer Ninon Tallon, the niece of three-time Prime Minister of France Édouard Herriot.[4] She continued to use his surname professionally until after his death. Selected filmography[edit]

The Bohemian Dancer (1926) Give Me Life (1928) Love in the Cowshed
Love in the Cowshed
(1928), as Wedelski, Oberleutnant a.D. Two Hearts in Waltz Time (1930), as Nicky Mahler A Tango for You
A Tango for You
(1930), as Flooch The Three from the Filling Station (1930), as Kurt Dolly Gets Ahead (1930), as Fred Halton The Firm Gets Married (1931), as Solly Friedländer The Forester's Daughter (1931), as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Der Tanzhusar (1931), as Turi Weidinger Mamsell Nitouche (1931), as Célestin The Men Around Lucy (1931), as Robert The Concert (1931), as Doctor Jura Die nackte Wahrheit (1932) Im Bann des Eulenspiegels (1932), as Menzel Three on a Honeymoon
Three on a Honeymoon
(1932), as Heinz Schaller Die Herren vom Maxim (1933), as Werner Radke No Day Without You (1933), as Leo Heut kommt's drauf an (1933), as Peter Schlemm Voices of Spring (1933), as Franz Waldmüller Last Love (1935), as Teddy Langhammer Alles für die Firma (1935), as Otto Sonndorfer St. Benny the Dip
St. Benny the Dip
(1951), as Mr. Kovacs 5 Fingers
5 Fingers
(1952), as Moyzisch Anything Can Happen
Anything Can Happen
(1952), as Uncle Besso Tonight We Sing (1953), as Benjamin Golder The Juggler (1953), as Willy Schmidt Dutch Girl
Dutch Girl
(1953), as Professor Schmidtchen Meet Me in Las Vegas
Meet Me in Las Vegas
(1956), as Lotzi


Palmer, Jean Michel. Weimar in Exile: The Antifascist Emigration In Europe And America. Verso, 2006. Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A Theatrical History. Psychology Press, 2003. Weniger, Kay: 'Es wird im Leben dir mehr genommen als gegeben ...' Lexikon der aus Deutschland und Österreich emigrierten Filmschaffenden 1933 bis 1945: Eine Gesamtübersicht (Hamburg: ACABUS Verlag, 2011). ISBN 3862821420, 9783862821426


^ Internet Broadway Database, ibdb.com ^ Life Magazine, April 10, 1944, p. 49 ^ Internet Movie Database ^ Time Magazine, April 29, 1946.

External links[edit]

Oskar Karlweis at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Oskar Karlweis on IMDb Oskar Karlweis at Virtual History

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 13048178 LCCN: no97049338 ISNI: 0000 0000 4006 6072 GND: 116055766 MusicBrainz: 9ad51566-d5c1-4019-850c-7172b6652