in A Honeymoon Adventure (1931)
|Born||20 January 1892|
|Died||26 October 1967|
Harold Huth (20 January 1892 – 26 October 1967) was a British actor, film director and producer.
He was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in 1892. He was a nephew of Eva Moore and a cousin of the actor Roland Pertwee.
For the first eighteen years of his professional life, Huth worked in the motor business.
Huth made his screen debut as an actor in the 1927 film One of the Best , directed by T. Hayes Hunter at Gainsborough Pictures. He got the role in part due to the connections of Pertwee.
Huth followed it up with the role of Captain Nolan in the film Balaclava about the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Huth went on to have roles in A South Sea Bubble (1928) with Ivor Novello, directed by Hunter; The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1928) with Matheson Lang, playing Louis Antoine de Saint-Just; and The Silver King (1929), directed by Hunter, with Percy Marmont and Chili Bouchier.
Huth made his stage acting debut aged 36 on stage in The Truth Game with Ivor Novello. Raymond Massey then cast him opposite Fay Compton in Dishonored Lady .
Huth had the male lead in Downstream (1929) opposite Chili Bouchier, directed by Giuseppe Guarino. Huth made a third film with Bouchier, City of Play (1929).
Huth had roles in Leave It to Me (1930); An Obvious Situation (1930), directed by Guarino; Guilt (1931), directed by Reginald Fogwell; and Bracelets (1931).
Huth starred in The Outsider (1930) on stage. Edgar Wallace wrote the play Smoky Cell (1931) for Huth.
He had the lead in The Outsider (1931), alongside Joan Barry, receiving much acclaim.
He had a key support part in Down River (1931) with Charles Laughton.
Huth's first screenplay credit was in Madame Guillotine (1931), starring Madeleine Carroll, and directed by Fogwell.
Huth acted in A Honeymoon Adventure (1931); Adventure (1931); Aren't We All? (1932) with Gertrude Lawrence; and The First Mrs. Fraser (1932).
He had the lead in The Flying Squad (1932); Sally Bishop (1932), directed by Hunter; and The World, the Flesh, the Devil (1932). Huth had support parts in Rome Express (1932); Discord (1932); My Lucky Star (1933), with Florence Desmond; The Ghoul (1933), with Boris Karloff and directed by Hunter; and The Camels Are Coming (1934) with Jack Hulbert.
Huth quit acting to become head of casting for Gaumont British. He returned to acting briefly with a small role in Take My Tip (1937) with Hulbert.
Huth directed his first film, Hell's Cargo (1939), for Associated British Picture Corporation. He followed it with Bulldog Sees It Through (1940) starring Jack Buchanan, and East of Piccadilly (1941).
Huth also moved into producing with Busman's Honeymoon (1940), shot in Britain for MGM starring Robert Montgomery.
He worked as producer on "Pimpernel" Smith (1941) for Leslie Howardand over at British Mercury he co-directed Breach of Promise (1942). Huth returned to acting in This Was Paris (1942) and MGM got him to produce another in England, The Adventures of Tartu (1943).
Huth joined Gainsborough Pictures, for whom he produced a melodrama, Love Story (1944), with Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger and Patricia Roc; it was a huge commercial success.Also popular were They Were Sisters (1945), with James Mason and Caravan (1946) with Granger. Huth's last film for Gainsborough as producer, The Root of All Evil (1947), with Phyllis Calvert, was less successful.
Huth's success at Gainsborough saw him receive an offer to set up his own company, Harold Huth Productions with John Corfield. He produced The White Unicorn (1947) with fellow Gainsborough alumni Lockwood and Bernard Knowles and produced and directed Nightbeat (1947).
Huth and Corfeld then helped set up Burnham Productions where Huth produced and directed My Sister and I (1948), with Sally Ann Howes, and Look Before You Love (1948) with Margaret Lockwood.
Huth produced Blackmailed (1951), directed by Marc Allégret, in which he also had a small role. He also appeared in Sing Along with Me (1952).
Huth directed for television, notably Douglas Fairbanks Presents (1953–57). He and Fairbanks produced Police Dog (1955) and The Hostage (1956); Huth directed the latter.
Huth went to work as an associate producer at Warwick Films for Irwin Allen and Albert Broccoli, helping make The Man Inside (1958), Idol on Parade (1959), The Bandit of Zhobe (1959), Jazz Boat (1960), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) and In the Nick (1961). He was credited as a writer on The Hellions (1961). He retired in 1961.He and Peter Finch did discuss making a film about Oliver Cromwell but it was not made.
Huth died in 1967 in London.
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They Were Sisters is a 1945 British melodrama film directed by Arthur Crabtree for Gainsborough Pictures and starring James Mason and Phyllis Calvert. The film was produced by Harold Huth, with cinematography from Jack Cox and screenplay by Roland Pertwee. They Were Sisters is noted for its frank, unsparing depiction of marital abuse at a time when the subject was rarely discussed openly. It was one of the Gainsborough melodramas.
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1928 British silent costume drama film directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring Matheson Lang, Juliette Compton and Nelson Keys. It was based on the 1922 novel The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy. It was made at Cricklewood Studios, with art direction by Clifford Pember.
The Outsider is a 1931 British drama film directed by Harry Lachman and starring Joan Barry, Harold Huth and Norman McKinnel. The screenplay concerns an unorthodox osteopath who cures one of his patients, the daughter of a fellow Doctor. It was made at Elstree Studios and based on the 1923 play of the same title by Dorothy Brandon, previously made into an American silent film in 1926. The film's sets were designed by Wilfred Arnold.
City of Play is a 1929 British drama film directed by Denison Clift and starring Chili Bouchier, Patrick Aherne and Lawson Butt. It was made by Gainsborough Pictures and produced by Michael Balcon. It was made partly in sound.
Sunshine Susie is a 1931 British musical comedy film directed by Victor Saville and starring Renate Müller, Jack Hulbert, and Owen Nares. The film was shot at Islington Studios with sets designed by Alex Vetchinsky. It was based on a novel by István Szomaházy. An alternate German-language version The Private Secretary was made, also starring Renate Müller.
A Honeymoon Adventure is a 1931 British thriller film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Benita Hume, Peter Hannen and Harold Huth. Written in collaboration by Rupert Downing and Basil Dean, it follows a brilliant scientist and his wife who go on honeymoon to Scotland where they are nearly kidnapped by agents of a foreign power. The film was shot at Beaconsfield Studios. Location shooting, including the railway scenes took place in Scotland.
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