Hans Moser (actor)
6 August 1880
|Died||19 June 1964
Hans Moser (6 August 1880 – 19 June 1964) was an Austrian actor who, during his long career, from the 1920s up to his death, mainly played in comedy films. He was particularly associated with the genre of the Wiener Film. Moser appeared in over 150 films.
Born Johann Julier in Vienna, Moser very often portrayed the man in the street, typically someone else's subordinate – servant, waiter, porter, shopkeeper, coachman, petty bureaucrat, etc. Also always he played honest, moral and well-intentioned people who, unable to keep cool and think clearly in crucial situations, get themselves and everyone around them into all kinds of trouble. As the father of a beautiful daughter – often widowed – he was the stubborn one who realizes only at the end of the movie, when all cases of mistaken identity have been cleared up and all secrets are revealed, that he has been terribly wrong all the time.
Moser was particularly known for mumbling indistinctly for comic effect rather than pronouncing words and sentences clearly, and also for failing to finish his sentences – which, combined with his moderate Viennese dialect, made it hard for non-native speakers of Austrian German to understand what he was saying.
In Moser's comedy films, Paul Hörbiger, Theo Lingen, Oskar Sima, and Annie Rosar were some of his congenial partners. However Moser was also a serious actor, especially on the stage and, towards the end of his life, on television. In many musical films, Moser can also be heard interpreting a Wienerlied, more likely than not at a Heuriger.
During the Nazi regime, Moser had severe problems because of his wife Blanca (or Bianca) Hirschler, who was Jewish, but he refused to divorce her. It was only because of his great popularity that the regime allowed him to continue to appear in films. His wife eventually fled to Hungary to avoid further trouble. After the war the couple reunited.
Hans Moser died in Vienna in 1964, aged 83. His continuing popularity is attested to by the fact that his style of speaking is still being parodied, often by very young entertainers.
- Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews) (1924) (based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer)
- Red Heels (1925)
- Darling of the Gods (1930)
- Gold on the Street (1930)
- No Money Needed (1932)
- Gently My Songs Entreat (1933)
- Polish Blood (1934)
- Spring Parade (1934)
- Suburban Cabaret (1935)
- Himmel auf Erden (Heaven on Earth) (1935)
- Fräulein Veronika (1936)
- Ungeküsst soll man nicht schlafen gehn (1936) (alongside Liane Haid)
- Anton the Last (1939)
- The Scoundrel (1939)
- Opernball (1939)
- Meine Tochter lebt in Wien (1940)
- Rosen in Tirol (1940) (alongside Johannes Heesters)
- Vienna Tales (1940)
- Love is Duty Free (1941)
- Vienna Blood (1942)
- Abenteuer im Grandhotel (1943)
- Schrammeln (1944)
- Viennese Girls (1945)
- Renee XIV (1946, uncompleted)
- Der Hofrat Geiger (1947)
- Jetzt schlägt's 13 (1950)
- Hallo Dienstmann (1952) (a typical Antel movie)
- The Three from the Filling Station (1955)
- The Congress Dances (1955)
- Opernball (1956)
- Emperor's Ball (1956)
- Hallo Taxi (1958)
- Die Fledermaus (1962) (playing the non-singing role of Frosch, the drunken jailer)
- Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) (1964) (based on the play by Ödön von Horvath)
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