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Also Known As: Fred Majo, Joseph Mandel, Julius Otto Mandl Died: October 23, 1954
Born: November 7, 1880 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, operatic director, restaurateur, businessman

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May began his career as a director of low-budget crime films and, by the late 1910s, was running his own film empire comprising studios, laboratories and real-estate concerns. (One of several directors who got their start under contract to May was Fritz Lang.) After inflation put an end to his tycoon status in the mid-20s May worked as a director and producer for other companies; his greatest achievement of this period was the expressionistic "Asphalt" (1929), a classic "street movie" about a prostitute and a policeman. After being forced to leave Germany in 1933 May made quick stops in France and England before moving to the US, where he made mostly forgettable films. With his actress wife Mia May (he adopted her name rather than vice versa) he later ran Hollywood's Blue Danube restaurant.

May began his career as a director of low-budget crime films and, by the late 1910s, was running his own film empire comprising studios, laboratories and real-estate concerns. (One of several directors who got their start under contract to May was Fritz Lang.) After inflation put an end to his tycoon status in the mid-20s May worked as a director and producer for other companies; his greatest achievement of this period was the expressionistic "Asphalt" (1929), a classic "street movie" about a prostitute and a policeman. After being forced to leave Germany in 1933 May made quick stops in France and England before moving to the US, where he made mostly forgettable films. With his actress wife Mia May (he adopted her name rather than vice versa) he later ran Hollywood's Blue Danube restaurant.

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  Music in the Air (1934) Director

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 Limehouse Blues (1934) Taxi driver
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1910:
Stged operetta "Clo-Clo" starring wife; in collaboration with Emil Schunemann made two short films intended to be shown for intermissions of stage revue "Rund um die Alster"
1911:
Signed contact with Continental-Filmkunst GmbH, Berlin as writer-director
1912:
Film directing and co-writing debut, "In der Tiefe des Schachtes"; then first film as sole writer (also director), "Vorgluten des Balkanbrandes"
1913:
Own unit (Abteilung May) set up within Continental, producing detective series "Stuart Webbs" (starring Ernst Reicher)
1914:
With Reicher formed the Stuart Webbs Film-Company May & Reicher; outbreak of war prevented any production
1914:
Served in WWI for short time in Imperial Austrian Army
1915:
Formed May-Film
1918:
May-Film allied for one year with newly formed UFA; formed conglomerate made up of production company May-Film GmbH, lab May Kopieranstalt GmbH and studios Fema-Film-Ateliers GmbH and Filmstadt Woltersdorf-Grundstucks-GmbH
1923:
Due to inflation, reorganized film holdings under managment of brother, Leo Mandl
1925:
High production costs or "Der Farmer aus Texas" ended producorial outings (though films still produced through his produciton company)
1928:
Appointed head of production for Deutsches Lichtspiel Syndikat (DLS); went to Hollywood to study sound techniques
1933:
To Paris; co-directed (with Henri-Georges Clouzot) "Tout pour l'amour" (French language version of May's "Ein Lied fur Dich" 1933)
1934:
Immigrated to US
1934:
English language directing debut (in Great Britian), "Two Hearts in Waltz Time"; direction completed by--and credited to--Carmine Gallone
1934:
Co-wrote and co-directed (with Rene Pujol), "Dactylo se marie" in France; then to USA
1934:
US directing debut, "Music in the Air"
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Education

Royal Agricultural College: -

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wife:
Mia May. Actor. B. June 2, 1884, Vienna, died 1980; married 1902; adapted Pfleger's stage name, May (later making it legal).

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