Frank Wysbar

Frank Wysbar

Additional Names: Frank Wisbar (Schreibvariante)
Regie, Drehbuch, Musik, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
*09.12.1899 Tilsit (heute Sowetsk, Russland); †17.03.1967 Mainz

Biography

Frank Paul Wysbar was born in Tilsit on December 9th 1899. After leaving school, he joined the military and became a commissioned officer in 1925. After his honourable discharge as lieutenant in 1927, he worked on the art magazine "Theater und Kunst" before finally venturing into filmmaking, first as an assistant and line producer for Carl Boese and Carl Froelich.


After he served as production manager on Leontine Sagan"s "Mädchen in Uniform" (Girls in Uniform), he directed the film"s two lead actresses – Hertha Thiele and Dorothea Wieck – in "Anna and Elisabeth", a drama about a young peasant girl who is believed to have supernatural healing powers. A similar interest for mystical atmosphere can be observed in Wysbar"s "Fährmann Maria", starring Sybille Schmitz in the titular role. Married to a Jewish woman, Wisbar was officially banned from directing in 1938. In November of the same year, he emigrated to the US via Rotterdam by using a tourist visa. There, he changed his name to Wisbar, and after several years of underpaid jobs, Wysbar officially passed immigration by re-entering the US via Havana.

Having now received a work permit, he is hired as author and director for low-budget productions. In 1947, Wysbar was granted US citizenship, and in 1948, he focused on the new television market. His company Wisbar Productions Inc. produced 300 episodes of the series "Fireside Theatre", which aired on NBC between-1949-1955 and made Wysbar a wealthy man. He returned to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1956, and enjoyed considerable success with popular WWII movies like "Haie und kleine Fische", "Hunde wollt ihr ewig leben" und "Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen".

After suffering from an embolism, Frank Wysbar passed away in the city of Mainz on March 17th 1967.

Filmography

1968 Die Kinder von Geltenhausen
Story
 
1968 Johannes durch den Wald. Schinderhannes
Screenplay
 
1966/1967 Flucht über die Ostsee
Director, Screenplay
 
1966 S.O.S. - Morro Castle
Director
 
1965 Onkel Phils Nachlaß
Director
 
1965 Das Feuerzeichen
Director
 
1963 Durchbruch Lok 234
Director
 
1962/1963 Marschier oder krepier
Director, Screenplay
 
1961 Barbara
Director
 
1960 Fabrik der Offiziere
Director, Screenplay
 
1959/1960 Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen
Director, Screenplay
 
1958/1959 Hunde, wollt Ihr ewig leben
Director, Screenplay
 
1958 Nasser Asphalt
Director
 
1957 Haie und kleine Fische
Director
 
1948 The Mozart Story
Director
 
1937 Petermann ist dagegen!
Director
 
1936/1937 Ball im Metropol
Director, Screenplay
 
1936 Die Unbekannte
Director, Screenplay
 
1935/1936 Fährmann Maria
Director, Screenplay, Story, Lyrics
 
1935 Die Werft zum grauen Hecht
Director, Screenplay
 
1934 Das Fähnlein der sieben Aufrechten
Director, Screenplay
 
1933 Rivalen der Luft. Ein Segelfliegerfilm
Director
 
1933 Anna und Elisabeth
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1932 Im Bann des Eulenspiegels
Director
 
1931 Zwischen Zwölf und Viertel Eins
Unit production manager
 
1931 Die schwarze Maske
Unit production manager
 
1931 Mädchen in Uniform
Unit production manager
 

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