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Kurt Neumann

Kurt Neumann American film director

American film director
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A.K.A. 커트 노이먼, 쿠르트 노이만, 커트 뉴만, 쿠르트 노만, 쿠르트 노먼, 커트 노먼, 커트 노만, 커트 노이만, 쿠르트 뉴먼, 쿠르트 뉴만, 쿠르트 노이먼
Countries Germany United States of America
Occupations Film director
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 April 1908 (Nuremberg)
Death 21 August 1958 (Los Angeles)
Star sign AriesAries
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Kurt Neumann (5 April 1908, Nuremberg, Germany - 21 August 1958, Los Angeles) was a German Hollywood film director who specialized in science fiction movies in his later career.

Biography

Neumann came to the U.S. in the early talkie era, hired to direct German language versions of Hollywood films. Once he mastered English and established himself as technically proficient in filmmaking, Neumann directed such low-budget programmers as The Big Cage (1932), Secret of the Blue Room (1933) with Paul Lukas and Gloria Stuart, Hold 'Em Navy (1936), It Happened in New Orleans (1936) with child star Bobby Breen, Wide Open Faces (1937) with Joe E. Brown, Island of Lost Men and Ellery Queen: Master Detective in 1939.

Neumann was signed by producer Hal Roach in 1941 to direct a series of "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). Two Knights from Brooklyn (1949) is actually compiled from two of those streamliners, "The McGuerins from Brooklyn" and "Taxi, Mister"

In 1945, he joined the company of producer Sol Lesser, who engaged Neumann as coproducer and principal director of the Tarzan series produced by Lesser 1945-1954. The Tarzan films were produced for RKO and starred Johnny Weissmuller and later Gordon Scott.

Neumann became known as a specialist in science fiction movies owing to his producing and directing such productions as Rocketship X-M (1950) and The Fly (1958) about a scientist's transportation experiment that transforms him into a fly creature. Neumann directed other sci-fi and horror films such as Kronos (1957) and She-Devil (1957), and directed non-scifi films such as The Ring (1952) an independent feature co-starring Rita Moreno, Carnival Story (1954), Mohawk (1956), and The Deerslayer (1957).

Contrary to some published reports, Neumann did not die as a result of suicide, but, rather, from natural causes in Los Angeles on 21 August 1958, five weeks after the release of The Fly. He was entombed at Utter McKinley Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Partial filmography

(Neumann credited as director unless otherwise noted)

  • The Big Cage (1933)
  • Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
  • Let's Sing Again (1936)
  • Espionage (1937)
  • Make a Wish (1937)
  • That Navy Spirit (1937)
  • Touchdown, Army (1938)
  • Island of Lost Men (1939)
  • Unmarried (1939)
  • Brooklyn Orchid (1942)
  • Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
  • Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)
  • Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
  • The Dude Goes West (1948)
  • Bad Boy (1949)
  • Two Knights from Brooklyn (1949)
  • Rocketship X-M (1950)
  • Cattle Drive (1951)
  • The Ring (1952)
  • Son of Ali Baba (1952)
  • Hiawatha (1952)
  • Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)
  • Carnival Story (1954)
  • They Were So Young (1954)
  • Mohawk (1956)
  • Kronos (1957)
  • She Devil (1957)
  • The Fly (1958)
  • Machete (1958)
  • Watusi (1959)
  • Counterplot (1959)
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http://catalogo.bne.es/uhtbin/authoritybrowse.cgi?action=display&authority_id=XX1298169
http://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb141244758
http://isni.org/isni/0000000120958193
http://tcmdb.com/participant/participant.jsp?participantId=140229
http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:104310
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb141244758
https://d-nb.info/gnd/1013574699
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n86075583
https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/167255402?accountid=13902
https://viaf.org/viaf/28553554
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5432
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