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Also Known As: Died: October 23, 1954
Born: November 7, 1880 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Director ...
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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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