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Edgar Georg Ulmer (September 17, 1904 – September 30, 1972) was an Austrian-American film director. He is best remembered for the movies The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945). These stylish and eccentric works have achieved cult status, whereas Ulmer's other films remain relatively unknown.

The first feature he directed in North America, Damaged Lives (1933), was a low-budget exploitation film exposing the horrors of venereal disease. His next film, The Black Cat (1934), starring Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, was made for a major studio, Universal Pictures. Demonstrating the striking visual style that would be Ulmer's hallmark, the film was Universal's biggest hit of the season. Ulmer, however, had begun an affair with Shirley Beatrice Kassler, who had been married since 1933 to independent producer Max Alexander, nephew of Universal studio head Carl Laemmle. Kassler's divorce in 1936 and her marriage to Ulmer later the same year led to his being exiled from the major Hollywood studios. Ulmer was relegated to making B movies at Poverty Row production houses. His wife, now Shirley Ulmer, acted as script supervisor on nearly all of these films, and she wrote the screenplays for several. Their daughter, Arianne, appeared as an extra in several of his films.

Consigned to the fringes of the U.S. motion picture industry, Ulmer specialized first in "ethnic films," notably in Ukrainian—Natalka Poltavka (1937), Cossacks in Exile (1939)—and Yiddish—The Light Ahead (1939), Americaner Shadchen (1940). The best-known of these ethnic films is the Yiddish Green Fields (1937), co-directed with Jacob Ben-Ami. Ulmer eventually found a niche making melodramas on tiny budgets and with often unpromising scripts and actors for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), with Ulmer describing himself as "the Frank Capra of PRC". His PRC thriller Detour (1945) has won considerable acclaim as a prime example of low-budget film noir, and it was selected by the Library of Congress among the first group of 100 American films worthy of special preservation efforts. In 1947, Ulmer made Carnegie Hall with the help of conductor Fritz Reiner, godfather of the Ulmers' daughter, Arianné. The film features performances by many leading figures in classical music, including Reiner, Jascha Heifetz, Artur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Lily Pons. Ulmer did get a chance to direct two films with substantial budgets, The Strange Woman (1946) and Ruthless (1948). The former, featuring a strong performance by Hedy Lamarr, is regarded by critics as one of Ulmer's best. In 1951 he directed a low-budget science-fiction film with a noirish tone, The Man from Planet X. In 1964 he directed his last film, The Cavern, in Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edgar G. Ulmer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Edgar Georg Ulmer (September 17, 1904 – September 30, 1972) was an Austrian-American film director. He is best remembered for the movies The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945). These stylish and eccentric works have achieved cult status, whereas Ulmer's other films remain relatively unknown.

The first feature he directed in North America, Damaged Lives (1933), was a low-budget exploitation film exposing the horrors of venereal disease. His next film, The Black Cat (1934), starring Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, was made for a major studio, Universal Pictures. Demonstrating the striking visual style that would be Ulmer's hallmark, the film was Universal's biggest hit of the season. Ulmer, however, had begun an affair with Shirley Beatrice Kassler, who had been married since 1933 to independent producer Max Alexander, nephew of Universal studio head Carl Laemmle. Kassler's divorce in 1936 and her marriage to Ulmer later the same year led to his being exiled from the major Hollywood studios. Ulmer was relegated to making B movies at Poverty Row production houses. His wife, now Shirley Ulmer, acted as script supervisor on nearly all of these films, and she wrote the screenplays for several. Their daughter, Arianne, appeared as an extra in several of his films.

Consigned to the fringes of the U.S. motion picture industry, Ulmer specialized first in "ethnic films," notably in Ukrainian—Natalka Poltavka (1937), Cossacks in Exile (1939)—and Yiddish—The Light Ahead (1939), Americaner Shadchen (1940). The best-known of these ethnic films is the Yiddish Green Fields (1937), co-directed with Jacob Ben-Ami. Ulmer eventually found a niche making melodramas on tiny budgets and with often unpromising scripts and actors for Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), with Ulmer describing himself as "the Frank Capra of PRC". His PRC thriller Detour (1945) has won considerable acclaim as a prime example of low-budget film noir, and it was selected by the Library of Congress among the first group of 100 American films worthy of special preservation efforts. In 1947, Ulmer made Carnegie Hall with the help of conductor Fritz Reiner, godfather of the Ulmers' daughter, Arianné. The film features performances by many leading figures in classical music, including Reiner, Jascha Heifetz, Artur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Lily Pons. Ulmer did get a chance to direct two films with substantial budgets, The Strange Woman (1946) and Ruthless (1948). The former, featuring a strong performance by Hedy Lamarr, is regarded by critics as one of Ulmer's best. In 1951 he directed a low-budget science-fiction film with a noirish tone, The Man from Planet X. In 1964 he directed his last film, The Cavern, in Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edgar G. Ulmer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 73

Birthday 1904-09-17

Day of Death 1972-09-30

Place of Birth Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary [now Olomouc, Czech Republic]

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Also Known As

  • John Warner
  • Edgar George Ulmer
  • Edgar Georg Ulmer
  • Ove H. Sehested

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1964 The Cavern Director
1961 Journey Beneath the Desert Director
1960 Beyond the Time Barrier Director
1960 The Amazing Transparent Man Director
1959 Hannibal Director
1959 The Naked Venus Director
1958 Swiss Family Robinson: Lost in the Jungle Director
1957 Daughter of Dr. Jekyll Director
1955 The Naked Dawn Director
1955 Murder Is My Beat Director
1954 Loves of Three Queens Director
1952 Babes in Bagdad Director
1951 St. Benny the Dip Director
1951 The Man from Planet X Director
1950 So Young, So Bad Director
1949 The Pirates of Capri Director
1948 Ruthless Director
1947 Carnegie Hall Director
1946 The Strange Woman Director
1946 Her Sister's Secret Director
1946 The Wife of Monte Cristo Director
1945 Detour Director
1945 Club Havana Director
1945 Strange Illusion Director
1944 Bluebeard Director
1943 Jive Junction Director
1943 Isle of Forgotten Sins Director
1943 Girls in Chains Director
1943 My Son, The Hero Director
1943 The Turbosupercharger - Master of the sky Director
1943 Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation Director
1942 Tomorrow We Live Director
1941 Another to Conquer Director
1940 Goodbye, Mr. Germ Director
1940 Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis Director
1940 They Do Come Back Director
1940 Cloud in the Sky Director
1940 American Matchmaker Director
1939 The Light Ahead Director
1939 Moon Over Harlem Director
1939 Let My People Live Director
1939 Cossacks in Exile Director
1938 The Singing Blacksmith Director
1937 Green Fields Director
1936 From Nine to Nine Director
1934 Thunder Over Texas Director
1934 The Black Cat Director
1933 Damaged Lives Director
1931 Aloha Assistant Director
1930 People on Sunday Director
1926 The Border Sherriff Assistant Director
1924 The Last Laugh Assistant Director
1924 The Finances of the Grand Duke Assistant Director

Art

1961 Journey Beneath the Desert Set Designer
1952 Babes in Bagdad Production Design
1943 Hitler's Madman Production Design
1934 The Black Cat Set Designer
1934 Little Man, What Now? Set Designer
1933 Queen Christina Production Design
1931 M Set Designer
1931 The Secret Six Production Design
1930 City Girl Assistant Art Director
1928 4 Devils Assistant Art Director
1928 Spies Set Designer
1927 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Assistant Art Director
1927 Metropolis Set Designer
1924 The Last Laugh Production Design
1924 The Saga of Gosta Berling Set Designer
1924 The Finances of the Grand Duke Production Design
1922 Sodom and Gomorrah Production Design
1920 The Golem: How He Came into the World Set Designer

Writing

1946 The Strange Woman Writer
1943 Danger! Women at Work Story
1943 Isle of Forgotten Sins Screenplay
1943 Hitler's Madman Writer
1943 Girls in Chains Story
1943 My Son, The Hero Writer
1943 Corregidor Screenplay Story
1942 Prisoner of Japan Story
1939 The Light Ahead Screenplay
1934 The Black Cat Story
1933 Damaged Lives Writer

Production

1964 The Cavern Producer
1958 Swiss Family Robinson: Lost in the Jungle Producer
1939 Moon Over Harlem Producer
1931 Tabu Production Manager
1930 People on Sunday Producer
1929 Flucht in die Fremdenlegion Line Producer

Crew

1962 The World's Greatest Sinner Cinematography
1934 I Can't Escape Second Unit

Costume & Make-Up

1934 The Black Cat Costume Design

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