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Also Known As: Died: March 14, 1997
Born: April 29, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austria Profession: Director ...
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After seeing Eisenstein's "Potemkin," Von Stroheim's "Greed" and Vidor's "The Big Parade", decided on a film career; entered technical film school in Paris
1927:
First professional film work (as photographer) on Eugene Deslaw's experimental documentary "La marche des machines/The March of Machines"
1929:
Arrived in USA in NYC on October 29, the day of the stock market crash
1929:
Moved to Hollywood with letter of introduction to Universal chief Carl Laemmle; given job as extra in "All Quiet on the Western Front"; fired for talking back to assistant director
1930:
Hired by Fox as assistant to fellow Viennese director Berthold Viertel
1931:
Through Viertel met Robert Flaherty; became Flaherty's assistant
1932:
Returned to Hollywood and assistantship with Viertel at Paramount; then assisted Busby Berkeley on dance sequences of "The Kid from Spain" at Goldwyn
1935:
Film directing debut, the medium length pseudo-documentary "Redes/The Wave"
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Directed 18 short films for MGM; "That Mothers May Live" (1938) won a best short subject Oscar
1942:
Feature film directing debut, "Kid Glove Killer"
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During McCarthy era, joined with 25 directors in successfully resisting an attempt by Cecil B. De Mille to oust DGA president Joseph L Mankiewicz (who opposed the blacklist) and to impose a loyalty oath on the 618 members
1960:
First film as producer (also director), "The Sundowners"
1983:
Directed final film, "Five Days One Summer"

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