Rudolf Bernauer

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rudolf Bernauer, 1908.

Rudolf Bernauer (born January 20, 1880 in Vienna , Austria-Hungary ; died November 27, 1953 in London ) was a chanson writer, operetta librettist , theater director , film director and screenwriter .


Bernauer's father, Josef, came from Budapest and was Hungarian; Rudolf Bernauer became German in 1920. After his flight from the German Reich in 1933, his citizenship was revoked. Bernauer's first marriage was to the opera singer Henry Remilly, they had the son Emmerich Bernauer (1906-1996). With the second wife Emmy Erb he had the daughter Agnes Bernelle .

Bernauer made his debut as an actor in 1900 at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1907 he and Carl Meinhard took over the Berlin theater , in 1911 the Hebbel Theater and in 1913 the Komödienhaus. Eventually he became the owner of the theater on Nollendorfplatz .

Bernauer wrote texts for the Viennese operetta Der brave Soldat (1908) as well as for the Berlin operettas Der liebe Augustin (1912), As once in May (1913), The miraculous story of the Kapellmeister Kreisler (1922), for which he has his own simultaneous stage (“ Kreislerbühne ”) and Kreisler's corner window (1923).

His songs include The Men Are All Criminals ..., Unter Linden, Unter Linden, It was in Schöneberg in May and Kurt Tucholsky praised And Meyer as a "classic Berlin couplet" and looks at me kindly . In 1924 he gave up all his stages, in 1935 he emigrated to London. He had a large apartment at Viktoria-Luise-Platz 1 in Berlin-Schöneberg , but it was destroyed during the war. On the new building, a plaque commemorates him and his daughter from their second marriage, the actress Agnes Bernelle .

He directed a total of two films, but wrote scripts and texts for a few other films.


as screenwriter and text writer (selection):

  • The Chocolate Soldier (USA 1915; operetta text)
  • Strolling students (D 1917)
  • The Garden of Eden / The Garden of Eden (USA 1928)
  • Money on the Street (Austria 1930)
  • Her Majesty Love (D 1931)
  • The office manager (D 1931)
  • Salto into bliss (Austria 1934)
  • Under Secret Orders (GB 1937)
  • Vadertje Langbeen (NL 1938; scenario)
  • Duchácek to zarídí (CZ 1938)
  • Money for Jam (GB 1939)
  • Give me the Stars (GB 1945)
Berlin memorial plaque in Berlin-Schöneberg (Viktoria-Luise-Platz 1)

as director:

  • Journey into Life (1931)
  • Golden blonde girl, I give you my heart (1932)


  • Theater of my life. Memories . Blanvalet Verlag, Berlin 1955


Web links

Commons : Rudolf Bernauer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. The dtv-Theaterlexikon (Ed. C. Bernd Sucher), 2nd edition 1999, and the Berlin memorial plaque (photo) indicate November 27th as the date of death, IMDb and, on the other hand November 26th.
  2. Emmerich Bernauer is the father of actress Evelyn Rudie