Léonide Moguy

Léonide Moguy (14 July 1899 – 21 April 1976) was a Russian born French film director, screenwriter and film editor .

Léonide Moguy
Born(1899-07-14)14 July 1899
Died21 April 1976(1976-04-21) (aged 76)

Moguy was born Leonid Mogilevsky (Russian: Леонид Могилевский) in Russia in 1899.[1] He lived in Russia until 1928, in the United States in the 1940s, and in Italy from 1949 until his death.[2] He was active in film between 1936 and 1961. His work has influenced American director Quentin Tarantino, who discovered him while writing the script for Inglourious Basterds, and named a character after him in Django Unchained.[3]


He was born in Leningrad and worked on technical films for the Soviet government. In 1928 he organised the Scientific and Experimental Film Laboratory in which many Soviet directors took part.


He moved to France and developed a reputation as a "play doctor" of films. He started directing and had a hit with 40 Little Mothers.[4]


Moguy moved to Hollywood in 1940. He made the film The Night is Ending (1943) at 20th Century Fox.[5] He stayed at Fox to make Paris After Dark then went to RKO to make Action in Arabia.[6]

He was meant to follow Arabia with Experiment Perilous with Paul Henreid at RKO but the film was not made.[7] Instead he made Whistle Stop for United Artists.

"I didn't do the pictures I wanted to," he later said of this time.[8]


Moguy returned to France where he made Bethsabee (1947). In 1947 he announced he would direct the first Belgian-Hollywood co production, New York's Origin, a story of the Belgian refugees who established New York.[9] The film was not made.[10]

Instead he made Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950) which introduced Pier Angeli. They were reunited in Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951).[11]

He went on to make 100 Little Mothers (1952), Children of Love (1953), The Width of the Pavement (1956), Give Me My Chance (1957) and Man Wants To Live (1961).

Personal life

One of Moguy's early companions was the fashion designer Jacques Fath, a sometime actor who appeared in an early Moguy film.

Selected filmography


  1. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 116.
  2. Александр Васильев; Людмила Лопато (2011). Царица парижских кабаре. Альпина Паблишер. p. 157. ISBN 978-5-9614-2277-1.
  3. Quentin Tarantino interview at Times Talks, excerpt on YouTube
  4. By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian,Science Monitor. (1943, Nov 26). Damascus setting for film in which sanders will star. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/514427000
  5. Schallert, E. (1943, Jun 11). DRAMA AND FILM. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/165454619
  6. Scheuer, P. K. (1943, Sep 14). SCREEN AND STAGE. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/165450660
  7. By, F. S. (1943, Dec 12). HOLLYWOOD FOLLOWS THE HEADLINES. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/106648562
  8. By, A. H. W. (1952, Apr 06). BY WAY OF REPORT. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/112527520
  9. Aneta, B. (1947, Aug 21). Belgians claim founding of new york in picture. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/107811127
  10. By A.H. WEILER. (1947, Nov 02). BY WAY OF REPORT. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/108048548
  11. Scheuer, P. K. (1950, Sep 07). 'Size 12' fits at RKO; 'new stars' vote told; rettig possible peter. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166143653
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