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Benno Vigny and Marie-Louise Caussat, c. 1920

Benno Vigny (28 October 1889 – 31 October 1965) was a French-German novelist and screenwriter.

Life and works

Vigny was born in Commercy and grew up in Vienna. He moved to Berlin in the 1920s. There he began working as a screenwriter in collaboration with other writers, particularly for German-British co-productions.

In 1927, his novel Amy Jolly, die Frau aus Marrakesch (Amy Jolly, the Woman from Marrakesh) was published, which became the film Morocco (1930) in the USA, in which Marlene Dietrich made her Hollywood debut. Another novel, Nell John. Der Roman einer Verjüngten (Nell John, The Tale of a Rejuvenated Woman), appeared in 1927.

At the beginning of the 1930s, Vigny went to Paris where he continued to collaborate as a screenwriter for international co-productions. The little known film Bariole, from this period, is his only work as a film director.

After this period, Vigny worked only occasionally as a screenwriter. His last screenplay was the critically acclaimed Der Verlorene (The Lost One) (1951), co-written with Peter Lorre, who also directed and acted in the film.

He died in Munich.


  • Ssanin (dir. Friedrich Feher, 1924)
  • Ghost Train (dir. Géza von Bolváry, 1927)
  • Knights of the Night (dir. Max Reichmann, 1928)
  • Number 17 (dir. Géza von Bolváry, 1928)
  • The Wrecker (dir. Géza von Bolváry, 1929)
  • Tonka of the Gallows (dir. Karl Anton, 1930)
  • Morocco (dir. Josef von Sternberg, 1930)
  • A Girl from the Reeperbahn (dir. Karl Anton, 1930)
  • The Indictment (dir. Dimitri Buchowetzki, 1931) - French-language version of Manslaughter (1930)
  • Reckless Youth (dir. Leo Mittler, 1931) - German-language version of Manslaughter (1930)
  • Der Fall des Generalstabs-Oberst Redl (dir. Karl Anton, 1931)
  • The Rebel (1931) (dir. Adelqui Migliar, 1931) - French-language version of The Virtuous Sin (1930)
  • The Night of Decision (dir. Dimitri Buchowetzki, 1931) - German-language version of The Virtuous Sin (1930)
  • Rive gauche (dir. Alexander Korda, 1931) - French-language version of Laughter (1930)
  • Lo mejor es reir (dir. Florián Rey and E. W. Emo, 1931) - Spanish-language version of Laughter (1930)
  • The Men Around Lucy (dir. Alexander Korda, 1931) - German-language version of Laughter (1930)
  • Côte d'Azur (dir. Roger Capellani, 1932)
  • Transit Camp (dir. Max Reichmann, 1932)
  • Baroud (dir. Rex Ingram and Alice Terry, 1932)
  • Bariole (dir. Benno Vigny, 1934)
  • Odette (dir. Jacques Houssin and Giorgio Zambon, 1934)
  • Parisian Life (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1936)
  • Barry (dir. Richard Pottier, 1949)
  • The Trip to Marrakesh (dir. Richard Eichberg, 1949)
  • Vienna Waltzes (dir. Emil-Edwin Reinert, 1951)
  • The Lost One (dir. Peter Lorre, 1951)



  • Kay Weniger: Das große Personenlexikon des Films, Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag GmbH, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3

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