Geza Herczeg

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Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian-American playwright and screenwriter Geza Herczeg was also a newspaper publisher and covered the Balkan Wars and later World War I as a correspondent. In 1926 he was granted an interview with Benito Mussolini in Rome; in 1936 he was invited back, and asked to translate and produce a play Mussolini had written about the last days of Napoleon. To the surprise of many, "The Hundred Days" turned out to be a hit. Herczeg's first big success had been his 1927 musical score "Wonder Bar", later adapted to the screen, the German libretto "Kaiserin Josephine" (1936). Read more...