Kurt Neumann

Film director

1908 – 1958


Who was Kurt Neumann?

Kurt Neumann was a German Hollywood film director who specialized in science fiction movies in his later career. 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, Secret of the Blue Room with Paul Lukas and Gloria Stuart, Hold 'Em Navy, It Happened in New Orleans with child star Bobby Breen, Wide Open Faces 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, Brooklyn Orchid, Taxi, Mister? and Yanks Ahoy. Two Knights from Brooklyn 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.

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Apr 5, 1908
Also known as
  • Kurt Newman
  • Kurt Neuman
  • United States of America
  • Germany
Aug 21, 1958
Los Angeles
Resting place
Home of Peace Cemetery

on July 23, 2013


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