Hans H. Zerlett

Hans H. Zerlett

Additional Names: Hans Hannes (Weiterer Name); H. H. Zerlett (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Musik
*17.08.1892 Wiesbaden; †06.07.1949 Buchenwald

Biography

Hans H. Zerlett, born August 17, 1892, in Wiesbaden, did not finish school and "ran away" (Zerlett) from home to start a career as an actor. He performed at several provincial theatres but volunteered for military service in 1915. After his resignation from military service due to an illness during World War I, Zerlett became known as the artistic director of a tour program of the war play "Der Hias" although he had been busily working in the business. His repertoire list from 1916 already states 254 roles Zerlett had played.

In 1917, Zerlett became the director of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Theater. From the beginning of the 1920s on, Zerlett also made a name as a playwright. Then, in 1927, Zerlett made his first steps in the movie business with his screen play to the comedy "Höhere Töchter". As the head dramatic advisor, Zerlett specialised on entertaining movies – with the exception of "Vererbte Triebe", a film that propagated the sterilization of "hereditary challenged" criminals.

In 1934, Zerlett made his debut as a film director with the Karl-Valentin/Liesl-Karlstadt short film "Im Schallplattenladen". In the same year, Zerlett also made his first feature film as a director with the comedy "Da stimmt was nicht" starring Adele Sandrock and Viktor de Kowa, which became the start to a successful career. In the eyes of his critics, Zerlett, who also wrote the screen plays to all of his films, was an experienced director of mainstream entertainment movies that reached out to a large audience. His most successful films include the medical drama "Arzt aus Leidenschaft", the revue film "Es leuchten die Sterne", and the comedy "Die selige Existenz". But Zerlett also made Nazi propaganda films such as the anti-Semitic music film "Robert und Bertram", and the drama "Venus vor Gericht" (1941) that agitates against the so-called "degenerate art" and against democratic values.

But from 1942 on, Zerlett, who in 1937 had become the head of production at Tobis Filmkunst, returned to making very successful entertainment films again. After the end of World War II, Zerlett was arrested by the Russian secret service and died of tuberculosis in 1949 while still being held in war captivity. In 1950, Zerlett was acquitted of having been a Nazi follower in a posthumous denazification process.

Filmography

1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Participation
 
1952 Tausend rote Rosen blühn
Lyrics
 
1944/1948 Mit meinen Augen
Director, Screenplay
 
1944 Schuß um Mitternacht
Director
 
1943-1945 Spuk im Schloß
Director, Screenplay
 
1943 Liebesbriefe
Director
 
1942/1943 Reise in die Vergangenheit
Director, Screenplay
 
1942 Meine Freundin Josefine
Director, Lyrics
 
1942 Einmal der liebe Herrgott sein
Director
 
1941/1942 Kleine Residenz
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1941 Venus vor Gericht
Director, Screenplay
 
1940 Meine Tochter tut das nicht
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1939 Robert und Bertram
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1939 Die goldene Maske
Director, Screenplay
 
1938 Verliebtes Abenteuer
Director, Screenplay
 
1938 Zwei Frauen
Director, Screenplay
 
1937/1938 Es leuchten die Sterne
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1937 Der Katzensteg
Screenplay
 
1937 Die Fledermaus
Creative supervisor
 
1937 Revolutionshochzeit
Director, Screenplay
 
1936/1937 Truxa
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1936/1937 Liebe geht seltsame Wege
Director, Screenplay
 
1936 Diener lassen bitten
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1936 Moral
Director, Screenplay
 
1935/1936 Arzt aus Leidenschaft
Director, Screenplay
 
1935 Die selige Exzellenz
Director, Screenplay
 
1935 Der junge Graf
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1935 Die blonde Carmen
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1934/1935 Knock-out. Ein junges Mädchen - ein junger Mann
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1934 Ein Walzer für Dich
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1934 L'Amour en cage
Screenplay
 
1934 Die vertauschte Braut
Dialogue editor, Dialogue, Lyrics
 
1934 Im Schallplattenladen
Director
 
1934 Da stimmt was nicht
Director, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1934 Die Czardasfürstin
Screenplay
 
1934 Klein Dorrit
Lyrics
 
1934 Princesse Czardas
Screenplay
 
1933 Das Schloß im Süden
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1933 Vorspeisen gefällig?
Lyrics
 
1933 Fräulein Hoffmanns Erzählungen
Dialogue editor, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1933 Glück im Schloß
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1933 Das verliebte Hotel
Dialogue editor, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1933 Château de rêve
Screenplay
 
1932/1933 La fille du régiment
Screenplay
 
1932/1933 Die Tochter des Regiments
Dialogue editor, Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1932 Mirages de Paris
Screenplay
 
1932 Baby
Screenplay
 
1932 Großstadtnacht
Screenplay
 
1932 Kiki. [Fr. V.]
Screenplay
 
1932 Die grausame Freundin
Screenplay
 
1932 Faut-il les marier?
Screenplay
 
1932 Kiki
Dialogue editor, Screenplay
 
1932 Ein Mann mit Herz
Screenplay
 
1931/1932 Monsieur, Madame et Bibi
Screenplay
 
1931/1932 Ein bißchen Liebe für Dich (Zwei glückliche Herzen)
Screenplay
 
1931 La chauve-souris
Screenplay
 
1931 Mam'zelle Nitouche
Screenplay
 
1931 L'Inconstante. Je sors et tu restes là
Screenplay
 
1931 Ich geh' aus und Du bleibst da
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1931 Die Fledermaus
Screenplay
 
1931 Mamsell Nitouche
Screenplay
 
1930 Der Hampelmann
Screenplay
 
1930 Die Csikosbaroneß
Screenplay
 
1930 Die große Sehnsucht
Cast, Screenplay
 
1930 Die vom Rummelplatz
Screenplay
 
1930 Besuch um Mitternacht. Das Nachtgespenst von Berlin
Screenplay
 
1930 Zwei Menschen
Screenplay
 
1930 Moral um Mitternacht
Screenplay
 
1930 Der Bettelstudent
Screenplay
 
1929/1930 Wer hat Robby gesehen?
Screenplay
 
1929/1930 Die heiligen drei Brunnen
Screenplay
 
1929 Vererbte Triebe. Der Kampf ums neue Geschlecht
Screenplay
 
1929 Und Nelson spielt ... Eine Tonfilm-Schlager-Revue
Screenplay
 
1929 Die Kaviarprinzessin
Screenplay
 
1929 Der Mann, der nicht liebt
Screenplay
 
1928 Die Regimentstochter
Screenplay
 
1928 Der erste Kuß
Screenplay
 
1927 Höhere Töchter
Screenplay
 

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