28 April 2012

Lucie Englisch

Popular Austrian folk-actress Lucie Englisch (1902 - 1965) played both leading and supporting roles on stage, in films and on television. As the native girl with the loose tongue she was seen in countless comedies, in both leading and supporting parts.

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 5701/1, 1930-1931. Photo: Atelier Fayer, Wien.

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 723, 1925-1926. Photo: Becker & Maass, Berlin.

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 6051/1, 1931-1932. Photo: Albo-Film.

Naive Employees
Lucie Englisch was born as Aloisia Paula Englisch in Leesdorf, Austria in 1902. She was the daughter of merchant Ernst Englisch and his wife Theresia, born Huemer. Already as a schoolgirl she worked as an extra at the Stadttheater of Baden near Wien (Vienna). In 1923 she made her stage debut at the Kurtheater in Baden. Engagements at the stages of Vienna followed. From 1926 till 1928 she worked at the Neuen Theater in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1928 she worked in theatres in Berlin. She made her film debut in Die Nacht gehört uns/The Night Is Ours (1929, Carl Froelich) with Hans Albers. It marked the starting shot of a great film career. The following decades Lucie Englisch appeared in more than 130 film roles. The 1930's were a very busy decade where she normally played naive employees in supporting roles. To her well-known films of the era belong Drei Tage Mittelarrest/Three Days in the Guardhouse (1930, Carl Boese), Dienst ist Dienst/Duty Is Duty (1931, Carl Boese), Die Gräfin von Monte Christo/The Countess of Monte Cristo (1932, Karl Hartl) with Brigitte Helm, Meine Frau, die Schützenkönigin/My Wife the Champion Shot (1934, Carl Boese), and Der lachende Dritte/The Laughing Third Party (1936, Georg Zoch). During the war the role offers were scarce but she did appear in productions like Der ungetreue Eckehart/Unfaithful Eckehart (1940, Hubert Marischka) starring Hans Moser, So ein Früchtchen/What A Sweetie (1942, Alfred Stöger) with Paul Hörbiger, and Fahrt ins Abenteuer/Trip Into Adventure (1943, Jürgen von Alten).

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. A 2730/1, 1939-1940. Photo: Sandau.

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3481/1, 1939-1940. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3801/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Binz / Berlin-Film.

Two-dimensional Figures
Lucie Englisch often appeared in comedies, both in leading and in supporting roles. Before the war she had starred in comedies like Um eine Nasenlänge/By the Skin of His Teeth (1931, Johannes Guter) with Siegfried Arno, and Pat und Patachon im Paradies/Long and Short in Paradise (1937, Carl Lamac) opposite the Danish comedy team Fy og Bi (aka Long & Short). The post-war film offered Lucie Englisch again a lot of work, but her roles were reduced to two-dimensional figures, and the quality of the films left much to wish for. Shallow comedies and Heimatfilms became her new field of activity. To her comedies belong Der Theodor im Fussballtor/Theodor in the Goal (1950, E. W. Emo) with Theo Lingen and Hans Moser, Tante Jutta aus Kalkutta/Aunt Jutta From Calcutta (1953, Karl Georg Külb) with Ida Wüst, Seine Tochter ist der Peter/His Daughter Is Peter (1955, Gustav Fröhlich), and Der letzte Fußgänger/The Last Pedestrian (1960, Wilhelm Thiele) with Heinz Erhardt. She also appeared in the vehicles for the Bavarian comedians Joe Stöckel and Beppo Brem, Wildwest in Oberbayern (1951, Ferdinand Dörfler), Zwei Bayern in St. Pauli/Two Bavarians in St. Pauli (1956, Hermann Kugelstadt), and Zwei Bayern im Urwald/Two Bavarians in the Jungle (1957, Ludwig Bender). Her Heimatfilms include Schwarzwaldmädel/The Black Forest Girl (1950, Hans Deppe) with Sonja Ziemann, and Hubertusjagd (1959, Hermann Kugelstadt) with Willy Fritsch. In the 1960’s she moved on to television. Lucie English died of a liver disease in 1965 in Erlangen, Germany. She was married to director Heinrich Fuchs (1896-1961) and had a son, Peter Fuchs (1933).

Lucie Englisch
German postcard by Ross Verlag. Published for "Das Programm von Heute" für Film und Theater G.m.b.H, Berlin. Photo: Vogelsang, Berlin.

Scene from Immer wenn ich glücklich bin/Always When I'm Happy (1938, Carl Lamac) with Marta Eggerth, Frits van Dongen and Lucie Englisch. Source: Alparfan (YouTube).

Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Wikipedia (German), and IMDb.

1 comment:

Eddy said...

In France, we don't know well German and Austrian actors and actresses (except of course : Romy Schneider, Hardy Krüger, Marlen Dietrich).
That's why, your blog is very interesting. Thank you.