Hugo Fregonese

Hugo Geronimo Fregonese (April 8, 1908 in Mendoza – January 11, 1987 in Tigre)[1] was an Argentine film director and screenwriter who worked both in Hollywood and his home country.[1]

Hugo Fregonese
Fregonese in the 1950s
Hugo Geronimo Fregonese

(1908-04-08)April 8, 1908
DiedJanuary 11, 1987(1987-01-11) (aged 78)
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationDirector, screenwriter
Years active1935–1975
Notable work
Savage Pampas
My Six Convicts
Decameron Nights
Blowing Wild
Black Tuesday
Marco Polo
The Secret of Dr. Mabuse
(m. 1947; div. 1958)

He made his directorial debut in 1943. In 1949, he directed Apenas un delincuente. Most of Fregonese's American films were Westerns and crime melodramas, like Man in the Attic (1953) and Black Tuesday (1954). He worked with worldwide renowned actors such as Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Anthony Quinn, Edward G. Robinson, Luisa Vehil, Víctor Laplace, Soledad Silveyra, Paul Naschy, and Joel McCrea, among others.

For directing the now-almost forgotten film My Six Convicts (1952), Fregonese was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Feature Film.


A former sports journalist, Fregonese attended Columbia University in 1935, and then was hired to be a technical advisor for films with Latin American themes. By 1938, he was again living in Argentina. There he worked as an editor, assistant director, and short film director before heading to Hollywood, where he developed much of his career as a feature film director.

Fregonese and actress Faith Domergue were married in secret in Ciudad Juárez on October 8, 1947 hours after she divorced bandleader Teddy Stauffer there.[2] Their first child, Diana Maria, was born on January 1, 1949 in Buenos Aires. Their second child, John Anthony, was born on August 22, 1951 in Los Angeles. John, who became an urban planner, died on what would have been his mother's 94th birthday.[3] The couple separated twice before Domergue was granted an uncontested divorce on June 24, 1958.[4]

In his later years, Fregonese directed some pictures in Europe. In 1971 he returned to Argentina, where he continued to make films. While living in the city Tigre, Fregonese suffered a heart attack and died on January 17, 1987.[1]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c Cine Nacional, Hugo Fregonese filmography
  2. ^ "Faith Domergue" glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen retrieved June 16, 2021
  3. ^ "John Anthony Fregonese, 1951-2018 retrieved June 16, 2021
  4. ^ "Faith Domergue" glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen retrieved June 16, 2021

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