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Also Known As: Died: December 22, 1969
Born: May 29, 1894 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Director ...
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1901:
Sent for by father who was living in the USA
1904:
Returned to Vienna
1908:
Moved back to USA (Long Island)
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Worked as apprentice at aunt's millinery store and as stock clerk for lace store
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Changed first name to Josef and left home at 17
1914:
Film patcher, then chief assistant to the director general, with World Film Company, Fort Lee, NJ
1917:
Joined Army Signal Corps; helped make training films
1919:
First credit as assistant director, "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" (dir. Emile Chautard)
1923:
Moved to Hollywood; first work as assistant director on "By Divine Right"
1924:
Added "von" to name at suggestion of actor Elliot Dexter while working as scenarist and assistant on "By Divine Right"
1925:
Directorial debut, "The Salvation Hunters"
1926:
Joined Paramount as assistant director
1930:
Moved to Germany, directed UFA's first sound film, "The Blue Angel" (first of seven films with Marlene Dietrich)
1937:
Went to England to work for Alexander Korda on "I Claudius"
1941:
Filmed documentary "The Town" for US Office of War Information
1947:
Taught class in film directing at USC
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Semi-retired during mid 1950s
1953:
Last film shot in Jjapan, "The Saga of Anatahan"
1959:
Taught course on the aethetics of film at UCLA

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