Lajos Bíró

Lajos Bíró (IPA: [ˈlɒjoʒ ˈbiːroː];[lower-alpha 1] born Lajos Blau; 22 August 1880 – 9 September 1948) was a Hungarian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who wrote many films from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. He was born in Nagyvárad, Austria-Hungary (now Oradea, Romania) and eventually moved to the United Kingdom where he worked as a scenario chief for London Film Productions run by Alexander Korda, collaborating on many screenplays with Arthur Wimperis.[3] He died in London on 9 September 1948 of a heart attack. He is buried in the northern section of Hampstead Cemetery in north London.

Lajos Bíró
Lajos Blau

(1880-08-22)22 August 1880
Died9 September 1948(1948-09-09) (aged 68)
London, England, UK
Years active19171948
Spouse(s)Vészi Jolán[1]
ChildrenVera Hollander[2]

In 1929, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Writing for The Last Command, but lost to Ben Hecht for Underworld, the only other nomination in this category[4] .


  • A bazini zsidók (The Jews of Bazin; 1921).


  • God's and Kings six plays, English translation 1945[5]

Partial filmography


  1. In isolation, Lajos is pronounced [ˈlɒjoʃ].


  3. Kulik, Karol Alexander Korda:The Man Who Could Work Miracles. Virgin Books, 1990. ISBN 9780870003356
  4. "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. Saturday Review of Literature - Volume 28, Part 2 - Page 92 1945 - The New Yorker GODS AND KINGS by Lajos Biro "Six witty and sportive one-act plays, all of which are among the best issued in recent years." —Herald Tribune Books "Unified by wit, skill, and a querying philosophical irony. All the plays ..

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