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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. 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 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, and Ellery Queen: Master Detective (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).

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 due to his producing and directing such productions as Rocketship X-M (1950) and The Fly (1958). 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, shortly after a preview screening of The Fly but before the official premiere. Thus, Neumann never knew what a boxoffice hit The Fly was. He was entombed at Utter McKinley Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kurt Neumann (director), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. 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 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, and Ellery Queen: Master Detective (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).

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 due to his producing and directing such productions as Rocketship X-M (1950) and The Fly (1958). 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, shortly after a preview screening of The Fly but before the official premiere. Thus, Neumann never knew what a boxoffice hit The Fly was. He was entombed at Utter McKinley Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Kurt Neumann (director), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 66

Birthday 1908-04-05

Day of Death 1958-08-21

Place of Birth Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Kurt Neuman
  • Kurt Newman

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1974 99 and 44/100% Dead Assistant Director
1959 Counterplot Director
1959 Watusi Director
1958 Machete Director
1958 The Fly Director
1957 The Deerslayer Director
1957 She Devil Director
1957 Kronos Director
1956 The Desperados Are in Town Director
1956 Mohawk Director
1955 Adventure in Rio Director
1954 Drei vom Varieté Director
1954 They Were So Young Director
1954 Circus of Love Director
1954 Carnival Story Director
1954 Regina Amstetten Director
1953 Tarzan and the She-Devil Director
1952 Hiawatha Director
1952 The Ring Director
1952 Son of Ali Baba Director
1951 Reunion in Reno Director
1951 Cattle Drive Director
1950 Rocketship X-M Director
1950 The Kid from Texas Director
1949 Bad Boy Director
1949 Bad Men of Tombstone Director
1948 The Dude Goes West Director
1947 Tarzan and the Huntress Director
1946 Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Director
1945 Tarzan and the Amazons Director
1943 The Unknown Guest Director
1943 Yanks Ahoy Director
1943 Taxi, Mister Director
1942 The McGuerins from Brooklyn Director
1942 Fall In Director
1942 About Face Director
1942 Brooklyn Orchid Director
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective Director
1939 All Women Have Secrets Director
1939 Island of Lost Men Director
1939 Unmarried Director
1939 Ambush Director
1938 Touchdown, Army Director
1938 Wide Open Faces Director
1937 Hold 'Em Navy Director
1937 Make a Wish Director
1937 Espionage Director
1936 Rainbow on the River Director
1936 Violets in Spring Director
1936 Let's Sing Again Director
1935 The Affair of Susan Director
1935 Alias Mary Dow Director
1934 Wake Up and Dream Director
1934 Let's Talk It Over Director
1934 Half a Sinner Director
1933 King for a Night Director
1933 Secret of the Blue Room Director
1933 The Big Cage Director
1932 Fast Companions Director
1932 My Pal, the King Director
1931 House of Mystery Director

Writing

1957 The Deerslayer Writer
1957 Apache Warrior Story Screenplay
1957 She Devil Screenplay
1956 The Desperados Are in Town Screenplay
1954 They Were So Young Screenplay
1954 Circus of Love Writer
1954 Carnival Story Screenplay
1950 Rocketship X-M Writer
1943 The Return of the Vampire Story

Production

1958 The Fly Producer
1957 She Devil Producer
1957 Kronos Producer
1956 The Desperados Are in Town Producer
1954 They Were So Young Producer
1950 Rocketship X-M Producer
1947 Tarzan and the Huntress Producer

Acting

1943 Action in the North Atlantic as German
1943 Above Suspicion as Gestapo Man (uncredited)

Crew

1936 Dracula's Daughter treatment

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