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Kurt Neumann



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet She Devil
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Secret Of The Blue Room
  • Director
2012
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
57% 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 My Pal, the King
  • Director
1932

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