Sunday, April 24, 2011

Remembering Harald Philpp

Harald Philipp was born on April 24, 1921 in Hamburg, Germany. He attend acting classes with Helmuth Gmelin before being called up for military service in 1941. When World War II ended he returned to acting and made his stage debut in 1946. He continued to appear on stage in Osnabrueck, Hannover and Cologne. He then became interested in films and took a job as an assistant cameraman and worked as a dubbing director at Berlin radio station RIAS. In 1956 he directed his first feature film "Das alte Försterhaus" which was followed by several musical comedies and war films. Philipp also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for most of the films he directed. In the 1960s he directed his only two Euro-westerns, Karl May’s "Rampage at Apache Wells" (1965) and "The Half-Breed" (1966), and also two Jerry Cotton films. In later years Harald turned to television and is known for his direction of the "Sergeant Berry" TV series. Philipp died on July 7, 1999 in Berlin. Today we remember Harald Philipp on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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