Rudolf Bernauer

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Berlin plaque at former residence site of Rudolf Bernauer in Berlin-Schöneberg.

Rudolf Bernauer (1880-1953) was an Austrian lyricist, librettist, screenwriter, film director, producer,[1] and actor.

He was born on 20 January 1880, in Vienna, Austria. He died on 27 November 1953, in London, England, UK.[1] He was father of German/British actress Agnes Bernelle (1923-1999). His name sometimes appears as aka Rudolf Bernnauer (double-n).[1]

His autobiography is "Theater meines Lebens. Erinnerungen" ("Theater of my life: Memories"), published in Berlin in 1955.

Life[edit]

He made his 1900 debut as an actor at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1907, he took over the Berlin Theater with Carl Meinhardt, then in 1911 to the Hebbel Theater and 1913, the comedy house. Finally, he was the owner of the theater at Nollendorfplatz.

Rudolf Bernauer wrote lyrics for the Berlin operettas: The love Augustin (1912), As once in May (1913), The mysterious history of the conductor Kreisler (1922), for which his own simultaneous stage ("Kreislerbühne") was developed, and Kreislers Eckfenster (1923).

His songs include: "Die Männer sind alle Verbrecher" ("The men are all criminals..."), "Untern Linden, untern Linden" ("Bottom Linden") and "Es war in Schöneberg im Monat Mai" ("It was in Schöneberg in the month of May"). In 1924, he gave up all of his stages.

In 1935, he emigrated (fled) to London. He had a large apartment at Viktoria-Luise-Platz 1, in Berlin-Schöneberg (Germany), but the whole building was destroyed during the war. On a new building at this address in 1998 a memorial plaque was dedicated to him.[2] The unveiling of the plaque was attended by his daughter, the actress Agnes Bernelle.[3]

He staged a total of two movies, but wrote screenplays and texts for some other films.

List of works[edit]

Works as lyricist[edit]

The earliest known work is as a lyricist:[1]

  • The Chocolate Soldier (1941) lyrics for songs: "The Chocolate Soldier" (1909), "Forgive" (1909), "My Hero" (1909), "Seek the Spy" (1909), "Sympathy" (1909), "Thank the Lord the War Is Over" (1909), "Tiralala" (1909).

Works as writer[edit]

  • Das Geld liegt auf der Straße (1966) (TV) (original play) - "The gold lies in the street"
  • Wie einst im Mai (1961) (TV) (play) - "As once in May"
  • "Musical Comedy Time" (1 episode, 1950)
- The Chocolate Soldier (1950) TV episode (operetta)
  • "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1 episode, 1950)
- Gay Rosalinda (1950) TV episode (adaptation)
  • Give Me the Stars (1945) (story)
  • Hatter's Castle (1942) (screenplay)
... aka A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (USA)
  • Money for Jam (1939) (TV) (writer) (as Bernauer)
  • Vadertje Langbeen (1938) (scenario)
... aka Daddy Long Legs
  • Duchácek to zarídí (1938) (play "Konto X")
... aka Duchacek Will Fix It (UK)
  • Under Secret Orders (1937) (adaptation)
... aka Mademoiselle Docteur (UK)
  • The Lilac Domino (1937) (screen story)
  • Southern Roses (1936) (play)
  • Land Without Music (1936) (adaptation)
... aka Forbidden Music (USA)
  • Salto in die Seligkeit (1934) (screenplay) (as Rudolf Bernauer)
  • Tout pour l'amour (1933) (writer) - "All for love"
  • Ein Lied für dich (1933) (writer) - "A song for you"
... aka A Song for You (International: English title)
  • Goldblondes Mädchen, ich schenk Dir mein Herz (1932) (book) - "Blonde Maiden, I give you my heart"
... aka Der Glückszylinder - "The lucky cylinder (hat)"
... aka The Lucky Top Hat (USA)
  • Her Majesty, Love (1931) (story)
  • Der Herr Bürovorsteher (1931) (play) - "The lord bureau chief"
... aka The Office Manager (USA: informal English title)
  • Son altesse l'amour (1931) (writer)
... aka His Highness Love (International: English title)
  • Ausflug ins Leben (1931) (writer) (as Rudolf Bernauer)
... aka Die Dame und der Chauffeur (Austria)
... aka Hirsekorn Butts In (USA: informal English title)
... aka Hirsekorns Brautfahrt (Austria)
  • Ihre Majestät die Liebe (1931) (writer) - "Her Majesty Love"
... aka Her Majesty Love (USA)
  • Geld auf der Straße (1930) (play)
... aka Money on the Street
  • Die Tolle Komtess (1928) (libretto)
... aka The Crazy Countess (USA)
  • The Garden of Eden (1928) (play "Der Garten Eden; Komödie in Vier Akten") (as Rudolf Bernnauer)

Works as director[edit]

  • Goldblondes Mädchen, ich schenk Dir mein Herz (1932) - "Blonde Maiden, I give you my heart"
... aka Der Glückszylinder
... aka The Lucky Top Hat (USA)
  • Ausflug ins Leben (1931) (as Rudolf Bernauer) - "Trip in life"
... aka Die Dame und der Chauffeur (Austria)
... aka Hirsekorn Butts In (USA: informal English title)
... aka Hirsekorns Brautfahrt (Austria)

Works as producer[edit]

  • Ausflug ins Leben (1931) (producer) (as Rudolf Bernauer)
... aka Die Dame und der Chauffeur (Austria)
... aka Hirsekorn Butts In (USA: informal English title)
... aka Hirsekorns Brautfahrt (Austria)

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