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Kurt Neumann

  • Highest Rated: 95% The Fly (1958)
  • Lowest Rated: 63% Kronos (1958)
  • Birthday: Apr 5, 1908
  • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
  • German-born director Kurt Neumann came to the US in the early talkie era, hired to direct German-language versions of Hollywood films. Once he mastered English and established himself as a competent technician, Neumann bounced from studio to studio, helming such economic programmers as The Big Cage (1932), Hold 'Em Navy (1936), Wide Open Faces (1937) (with Joe E. Brown) and Ellery Queen: Master Detective (1939). He was signed by producer Hal Roach in 1941 to direct a series of slick "streamliners," 45-minute features designed to fill out short double bills: among these 4-reel comedies were About Face (1942), Brooklyn Orchid (1942), Taxi Mister (1943) and Yanks Ahoy (1943). In 1945, Neumann switched his allegiance to producer Sol Lesser, who engaged Neumann as coproducer and principal director of the Tarzan series. Science-fiction film fans hold a special place in their hearts for Kurt Neumann due to his dextrous handling (as both producer and director) of such low-budget productions as Rocketship X-M (1950) and The Fly (1959). These fans are willing to forgive such lesser Neumann efforts as Kronos (1956) and She-Devil (1956) because they are aware that the director was himself a voracious reader of science fiction; he loved the genre, never regarding his work on fantastic films as "slumming" (as some A-list directors were wont to do). The credits of director Kurt Neumann should not be confused with those of a similarly named bit actor, who briefly showed up in "Nazi" roles during World War II.

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No Score Yet She Devil Director Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet BoDeans: Homebrewed Live from the Pabst Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Last Of The Finest Producer 1990
No Score Yet BoDeans: Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams Actor 1985
No Score Yet Angels From Hell Producer 1968
No Score Yet Counterplot Executive Producer Director Producer 1959
No Score Yet Watusi Director 1959
95% The Fly Producer Director 1958
63% Kronos Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Deerslayer Director Screenwriter Producer 1957
No Score Yet Mohawk Director 1956
No Score Yet They Were So Young Screenwriter Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet Carnival Story Screenwriter Director 1954
No Score Yet Tarzan and the She-Devil Director 1953
No Score Yet The Ring Director 1952
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba Director 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Director 1951
No Score Yet Rocketship X-M Director Screenwriter Producer 1950
No Score Yet Bad Boy Director 1949
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West Director 1948
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Huntress Director 1947
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Director 1946
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Amazons Director 1945
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Director 1942
No Score Yet A Night at Earl Carroll's Director 1940
No Score Yet Wide Open Faces Director 1938
No Score Yet Make a Wish Director Actor 1937
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River Director 1936
No Score Yet Let's Sing Again Director 1936
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream Director 1934
No Score Yet Secret Of The Blue Room Director 1933
No Score Yet My Pal, the King Director 1932


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