HUGO HAAS

Vintage signature in blue fountain pen on a 5×4 green album page.  Very fine condition, with a collector’s notation along the top edge. Czech-born Hugo Haas was an accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter in his native Czechoslovakia when he was forced to flee to the United States following the Nazi takeover of the country.  In Hollywood, he was able to establish a new career as a character actor, appearing in such films as The Princess and the Pirate (1944), A Bell for Adano (1945), and King Solomon’s Mines (1950).  In the 1950s he returned to directing, cranking out a series of lurid low-budget “B” movies, in which he co-starred with such actresses as Cleo Moore and Beverly Michaels.  These films only served to diminish his reputation, ultimately leading him to be dubbed the Czech Ed Wood.

$25