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William Dieterle



A stage actor in Germany and Switzerland as a teenager, William (born Wilhelm) Dieterle began acting in movies by 1913, and appeared in such memorable '20s films as Paul Leni's Waxworks (1924) and F. W. Murnau's Faust (1926). In 1923 Dieterle also began directing himself in a series of films, including Geschlecht In Fesseln (Sex in Chains [1928]). He began his Hollywood career in 1930, directing German-language versions of Those Who Dance (1930), The Way of All Men (1930), and Kismet (1944). At Warner Bros., Dieterle scored with The Last Flight (1931), the W.C. Fields comedy Her Majesty (1931), and the elaborate A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), which he co-directed with Max Reinhardt. In the late '30s he helmed Warners' prestigious biopics for actor Paul Muni: The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), and Juarez (1939). Moving to RKO in 1939, Dieterle delivered two classics with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo; and The Devil and Daniel Webster (aka All That Money Can Buy [1941]), with Walter Huston as the Devil. His subsequent Hollywood work of the '40s and '50s was well-crafted but impersonal, notable chiefly for his romantic dramas Love Letters (1945) and Portrait of Jennie (1948), and the crime films Rope of Sand (1949) and Dark City (1950). In the late '50s he returned to Europe and directed films in Italy and Germany.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ludwig der Zweite, K├Ânig von Bayern (Ludwig II, King of Bavaria)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Die Fastnachtsbeichte
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Mistress of the World
  • Producer
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Magic Fire
  • Director
1956
60% Elephant Walk
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Volcano
  • Director
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Salome
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Turning Point
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Boots Malone
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Dark City
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet September Affair
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Rope of Sand
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Director
1949
91% Portrait of Jennie
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Kismet
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Syncopation
  • Producer
  • Director
1942
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Producer
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Juarez
  • Director
1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Blockade
  • Director
1938
75% The Life of Emile Zola
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Another Dawn
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Great O'Malley
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Satan Met a Lady
  • Director
1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates
  • Director
1935
89% A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Fashions of 1934
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet The Firebird
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet From Headquarters
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Female
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Grand Slam
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet The Crash
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Man Wanted
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Love
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet The Last Flight
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Sex in Chains
  • Actor
  • Director
1928
94% Faust
  • Valentin
1926
No Score Yet Waxworks
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet Die Geierwally (Wally of the Vultures)
  • Actor
1921
No Score Yet Backstairs
  • Actor
1921
No Score Yet Hintertreppe
  • Actor
1921

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