1883 - 1942
The writer and songwriter Fritz Löhner-Beda was born as Friedrich Löwy in Wildenschwert, Böhmen and belonged to the most important songwriters of the 20's and 30's.
First he learnt the profession of jurisprudence and was also busy for a lawyer office for a certain time. But his attention was soon dominated by his literary abilities and he launched an impressive career as a writer of humorous and catchy poems and lyrics. At this time he has created the pseudonym Beda which later became Fritz Löhner-Beda.
He already published his first book of poems called "Getaufte oder Baldgetaufte" in 1908. It followed settings of his plays, among others "Die Dollarprinzessin" by Leo Fall.
He experienced the height of his career in the 20's and managed his breakthrough in 1922 with his songtext to Hermann Leopoldi's song "Das Lied von der sterbenden Märchenstadt Wien" and became one of the most popular librettists. He was regarded as the most successful artistic union of that time together with Ludwig Herzer, Franz Lehar and Richard Tauber. This group realised among others the operettas "Friederike" (28), "Das Land des Lächelns" (29) and "Giuditta" (34). Other operettas are "Viktoria und ihr Husar" (30) and "Die Blume von Hawaii" (31).
Fritz Löhner-Beda came already in contact with the medium film in 1917 and he wrote several scripts, among them for the silent movies "Der rote Prinz" (17), "Lasset die Kleinen zu mir kommen" (20), "Eva, die Sünde" (20), "Eine Million Dollar" (21) and "Sechs Mädchen suchen Nachtquartier" (28).
In the sound film era of the 30's were his scripts "Das Land des Lächelns" (30), "Fra Diavolo" (31), "Friederike" (32),"Der Dienstmann" (32), "Ball im Savoy" (35 and "Das Glück wohn nebenan" (39) successfully filmed.
But his artistic way up came to an abrupt end with the seizure of power
by the National Socialists. As a jew he was in the focus of the politic
which he himself didn't see at the beginning because his music was very
popular among the rulers.
"O Buchenwald, ich kann dich nicht vergessen,
An other good fried in the KZ was the actor fritz Grünbaum. Fritz
Löhner-Beda had to witness his death in January 1941.
His words for "Das Land des Lächelns" were still sung at that time
but his name was deleted in the cast list.
Other movies from Fritz Löhner-Beda