Wilhelm Dieterle

Wilhelm Dieterle

Additional Names: William Dieterle (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Produzent
*15.07.1893 Ludwigshafen; †09.12.1972 Ottobrunn

Biography

Wilhelm Dieterle was born in Ludwigshafen on July 15th 1893. The son of a factory worker and farmer, he completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter before he started taking acting classes in Mannheim. In 1911, he made his stage debut at the Westphälische Städtebundtheater zu Arnsberg. Because he also had to work as a stage hand, he constantly wore white gloves – which later became his "trademark" in Hollywood. Through the following years, Dieterle played at several theatres before he experienced his breakthrough under the direction of Max Reinhardt at the Deutsche Theater.

From 1920 on, Dieterle also regularly appeared in movies, and apart from acting, he soon started to direct and write as well. In 1927, he co-founded the production company Charha-Film GmbH Berlin together with his wife Charlotte Hagenbruch. After several commercially successful feature films – with Dieterle at the helm as producer, director and star –, Hollywood took notice of the filmmaker: In 1929, Charha closed a production deal with the German subsidiary of Universal.

In 1930, Dieterle relocated permanently to California, where he directed German-language versions for First National Pictures, a division of Warner Bros. He was put under a seven year contract by Warner in 1933, and was thus able to establish himself as a prestigious director of biopics. In 1937, Warner Bros sent the naturalized American William Dieterle to Moscow, where he studied the production methods at Lenfilm. From 1938 to 1940, he taught at the "The Max Reinhardt Workshop of Stage, Screen and Radio" in Los Angeles. In 1939, he co-financed and co-conceived the anti-fascist magazine "The Hollywood Tribune", which was run by his friend E. A. Dupont, and founded the English-language theatre group "The Continental Players", which consisted of immigrants and was directed Leopold Jeßner.

In order not to be pigeonholed into the biopic genre, Dieterle severed his ties with Warner, and from 1941 –42, he ran the unsuccessful William Dieterle Production Co. at RKO. Between 1951 and 1956, Dieterle worked for M-G-M, Selznick, Paramount and Columbia, while the founding of his own Pandora-Film Corp. in 1951 wielded no results. In 1958, Dieterle returned to Germany and immersed himself in numerous theatre projects. He also frequently worked as a director for German and Austrian television, while he shot his last feature film in 1964. In 1965 – after all hopes of returning to the US as a film director have vanished –he bought the travelling theatre group "Der grüne Wagen". After the death of Charlotte Hagenbruch in 1968, he ran the theatre with his second wife Elisabeth Daun.

Wilhelm (William) Dieterle passed away in Ottobrunn near Munich on December 8th 1972.

Filmography

1962 Das große Vorbild
Director, Screenplay
 
1962 Gabriel Schillings Flucht
Director, Screenplay
 
1961 Die große Reise
Director
 
1960 Ich fand Julia Harrington
Director, Screenplay
 
1960 Die Fastnachtsbeichte
Director
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt
Director
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt (Teil II)
Director
 
1959/1960 Herrin der Welt (Teil I)
Director
 
1959 Il vendicatore
Cast, Director
 
1957 Omar Khayyam
Director
 
1955//1956 Magic Fire
Director, Producer
 
1954 Elephant Walk
Director
 
1952/1953 Salome
Director
 
1952 The Turning Point
Director
 
1951/1952 Boots Malone
Director
 
1951 Red Mountain
Director
 
1951 Peking Express
Director
 
1950 September Affair
Director
 
1949/1950 Vulcano
Director, Producer
 
1949/1950 Paid in Full
Director
 
1949 Rope of Sand
Director
 
1948/1949 The Accused
Director
 
1948 Portrait of Jennie
Director
 
1946 Duel in the Sun
Director
 
1946 The Searching Wind
Director
 
1945 This Love of Ours
Director
 
1945 Love Letters
Director
 
1944 I'll Be Seeing You
Director
 
1944 Kismet
Director
 
1942 Tennessee Johnson
Director
 
1942 Syncopation
Director, Producer
 
1941 All That Money Can Buy
Director, Producer
 
1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's
Director
 
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Director
 
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Director
 
1939 Juarez
Director
 
1938 Blockade
Director
 
1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Director
 
1937 Another Dawn
Director
 
1937 The Prince and the Pauper
Director
 
1936/1937 The Great O'Malley
Director
 
1936 Satan Met a Lady
Director
 
1936 The White Angel
Director
 
1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur
Director
 
1935 Dr. Socrates
Director
 
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director
 
1934 The Secret Bride
Director
 
1934 The Firebird
Director
 
1934 Madame Du Barry
Director
 
1934 Dr. Monica
Director
 
1934 Fog Over Frisco
Director
 
1933/1934 Fashions of 1934
Director
 
1933 From Headquarters
Director
 
1933 Female
Director
 
1933 The Devil's in Love
Director
 
1933 Adorable
Director
 
1932/1933 Grand Slam
Director
 
1932/1933 Lawyer Man
Cast
 
1932 Scarlet Dawn
Director
 
1932 6 Hours to Live
Director
 
1932 The Crash
Director
 
1932 Jewel Robbery
Director
 
1932 Man Wanted
Director
 
1931 Her Majesty, Love
Director
 
1931 The Last Flight
Director
 
1931 Kismet
Director
 
1931 Demon of the Sea
Cast, Director
 
1930/1931 Die heilige Flamme
Director
 
1930/1931 Eine Stunde Glück
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1930/1931 Die Maske fällt
Director
 
1930 Der Tanz geht weiter
Cast, Director
 
1929/1930 Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern. Schicksal eines unglücklichen Menschen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1929 Das Schweigen im Walde
Cast, Director
 
1929 Ich lebe für Dich
Cast, Director
 
1929 Durchs Brandenburger Tor. So lang' noch untern Linden ...
Creative supervisor
 
1929 Frühlingsrauschen
Cast, Director
 
1928 Die Heilige und ihr Narr
Cast, Director, Producer
 
1928 Geschlecht in Fesseln (Sexualnot der Gefangenen)
Cast, Director
 
1928 Ritter der Nacht
Cast
 
1928 Diebe - 10 000 Mark Belohnung
Cast
 
1927 Am Rande der Welt
Cast
 
1927 Die Weber
Cast
 
1927 König für einen Tag
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1927 Petronella
Cast
 
1927 Das Geheimnis des Abbé X
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1927 Ich habe im Mai von der Liebe geträumt
Cast, Creative supervisor, Producer
 
1927 Frau Sorge
Cast
 
1927 Liebesreigen (Der Kämpfer)
Cast
 
1927 Heimweh
Cast
 
1926/1927 Der Zigeunerbaron
Cast
 
1926/1927 Violantha
Cast
 
1926 Der Pfarrer von Kirchfeld
Cast
 
1926 Hölle der Liebe
Cast
 
1926 Unter Ausschluß der Öffentlichkeit
Cast
 
1926 Wie bleibe ich jung und schön
Cast
 
1926 Zopf und Schwert
Cast
 
1926 Die Flucht in den Zirkus
Cast
 
1926 Der Jäger von Fall
Cast
 
1926 Die vom Schicksal Verfolgten
Cast
 
1925/1926 Faust
Cast
 
1925/1926 Der rosa Diamant
Cast
 
1925/1926 Die Försterchristl
Cast
 
1925/1926 Qualen der Nacht
Cast
 
1925/1926 Familie Schimeck (Wiener Herzen)
Cast
 
1925/1926 Die Mühle von Sanssouci
Cast
 
1925 Die Dame aus Berlin
Cast
 
1925 Die Gesunkenen
Cast
 
1925 Der Hahn im Korb
Cast
 
1925 Sumpf und Moral
Cast
 
1925 Die vom Niederrhein. 2. Teil
Cast
 
1925 Die vom Niederrhein. 1. Teil
Cast
 
1924/1925 Die Blumenfrau vom Potsdamer Platz
Cast
 
1924/1925 Wetterleuchten
Cast
 
1924/1925 Lena Warnstetten
Cast
 
1924 Hríchy v manželství
Cast
 
1924 Mutter und Kind
Cast
 
1924 Moderne Ehen
Cast
 
1923/1924 Das Wachsfigurenkabinett
Cast, Assistant director
 
1923/1924 Don Carlos und Elisabeth
Cast
 
1923 Die Austreibung. Die Macht der zweiten Frau
Cast
 
1923 Die grüne Manuela
Cast, Assistant director
 
1923 Der zweite Schuß
Cast
 
1923 Der Mensch am Wege
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1922/1923 Bohème. Künstlerliebe
Cast
 
1922/1923 Die Pagode
Cast
 
1922 Lucrezia Borgia
Cast
 
1922 Der Graf von Charolais
Cast
 
1922 Marie Antoinette, das Leben einer Königin
Cast
 
1922 Es leuchtet meine Liebe
Cast
 
1921/1922 Frauenopfer
Cast
 
1921 Die Hintertreppe
Cast
 
1921 Fräulein Julie
Cast
 
1921 Die Geier-Wally
Cast
 
1921 Die Silbermöve
Cast
 
1920/1921 Die Verschwörung zu Genua
Cast
 
1919/1920 Die Vermummten
Cast
 
1913 Fiesko
Cast
 

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