Bílá nemoc (The White Disease, aka Skeleton on Horseback). 1937. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Hugo Haas. Screenplay by Haas, Karel Čapek. With Haas, Zdeněk Štěpánek, Karla Oličová. In Czech; English subtitles. 103 min.
Known in the US primarily for his campy Hollywood melodramas (Pickup, The Girl on the Bridge), Hugo Haas had been a major star in Czechoslovakia before the Nazi takeover forced him to leave the country—not least because of this bold anti-Nazi allegory based on a play by Karel Čapek. Haas directs and stars as a doctor who has found a cure for a plague attacking central Europe; he will only share his discovery if his country’s militaristic dictator (Zdeněk Štěpánek) agrees to renounce plans for a pending war. 35mm.