27 February 2012

Renate Hütte

Sexy blond actress Renate Hütte appeared under the names of Rena Horten and Renate Hutter in several German and American films and TV series of the 1960´s. She dated and worked with sexploitation director Russ Meyer.

Renate Hütte, Britt Lindberg
With Britt Lindström. German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/358. Photo: Bernard of Hollywood. Publicity still for Fanny Hill (1964).

Fanny Hill
Renate Hütte made her film debut as Renate Hutter with a bit part in the German-French-Italian coproduction Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes/Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962, Terence Fisher) starring Christopher Lee. She also had a small part in the Edgar Wallace Krimi Zimmer 13/Room 13 (1964, Harald Reinl) starring Joachim Fuchsberger. That year she also played a prostitute in the erotic farce Fanny Hill (1964), featuring Letícia Román and directed by American sexploitation master Russ Meyer. According to IMDb she was from now on credited as Rena Horten, but on the Krüger postcard with a still from this film, she was still called Renate Hütte. Reportedly she dated director Meyer at the time, and moved with him to the USA.

Letícia Román
Letícia Román. German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/302. Photo: Bernard of Hollywood / CCC-Zugsmith Co-produktion. Publicity still for Fanny Hill (1964).

Bashing Religion and Hypocrites
Renate Hütte - or from now on Rena Horten - then had a big part in Meyer’s Mudhoney (1965, Russ Meyer). At IMDb, Michael Elliott reviews: “Once again we've got a pretty well made little film that's certainly Meyer's way of bashing religion and hypocrites. The ‘drama’ works well but there are still a few laughs as well as a limited amount of nudity.” She played small parts in American B-films, such as the obscure teenage musical Out of Sight (1966, Lennie Weinrib), and the action comedy Murderers' Row (1966, Henry Levin) starring Dean Martin as top agent Matt Helm. She also appeared as eye candy in some TV series, including Mission: Impossible (1969) and It Takes a Thief (1969) with Robert Wagner. Rena Horton’s last credit was as Beautiful girl # 2 in an episode of the TV series The Odd Couple (1971) with Tony Randall. And then all traces of Renate Hütte disappear...

Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner. Italian postcard in the series Artisti di Sempre by Ed. ris. Rotalfoto S.p.A., Milano, no. 287.

Sources: Michael Elliott (IMDb), Wikipedia (German), and IMDb.

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