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William Dieterle (1893–1972)

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen. By the age of 16 he had joined a ... See full bio »

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 1968 Ein Sommernachtstraum (TV Movie)
 1966 Die Mongolenschlacht (TV Movie)
 1966 Samba (TV Movie) (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1963 Das große Vorbild (TV Movie)
 1962/I Antigone (TV Movie)
 1962 Gabriel Schillings Flucht (TV Movie)
 1962 Liebe im September (TV Movie)
 1961 Die große Reise (TV Movie)
 1960 Ich fand Julia Harrington (TV Movie)
 1959 Dubrowsky
 1957 Omar Khayyam
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- One Against Many (1956)
 1955 Magic Fire
 1954 Elephant Walk
 1953 Salome
 1952 Boots Malone
 1951 Red Mountain
 1950 Dark City
 1950 Volcano
 1950 Paid in Full
 1949 Rope of Sand
 1949 The Accused
 1946 Duel in the Sun (uncredited)
 1945 Love Letters
 1944 Kismet
 1942 Syncopation
 1939 Juarez
 1938 Blockade
 1937 Another Dawn
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper (uncredited)
 1935 Dr. Socrates
 1934 The Firebird
 1934 Dr. Monica (uncredited)
 1933 Female (uncredited)
 1933 The Devil's in Love (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1933 Adorable (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1933 Grand Slam
 1932 Lawyer Man
 1932 Scarlet Dawn
 1932 The Crash
 1932 Jewel Robbery
 1932 Man Wanted
 1931 Die heilige Flamme (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1931 Eine Stunde Glück (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1931 Dämon des Meeres (uncredited)
 1931 Kismet (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1930 Der Tanz geht weiter (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1929 Frühlingsrauschen (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1929 Triumph of Love (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1929 The Brandenburg Arch (as Wilhelm Dieterle, supervising)
 1928 Geschlecht in Fesseln (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1928 Die Heilige und ihr Narr (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1927 Das Geheimnis des Abbe X (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
 1923 Man by the Roadside (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
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W. Dieterle | Wilhelm Dieterle


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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His career declined in the 1950s during the time of McCarthyism. Although he was never blacklisted directly, his libertarian film Blockade (1938)--in addition to people he had worked with--were thought to be "suspect". Also, in the 1930s he and his wife had worked to help get people out of Nazi Germany and given aid to many left-wing friends, including Bertolt Brecht. Of this period Dieterle said... See more »


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