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Born in Zeitz, Germany
Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

German film director E.A. Dupont was an influential critic and newspaper columnist before breaking into the film industry. He wrote several screenplays and worked as a story editor for Richard Oswald before turning to directing in 1917. Over the next eight years Dupont became a respected exponent of the German expressionist movement. He was particularly acclaimed for his film Variety (1925), which stood out for brilliant lighting effects and fluid camera work. Encouraged by his success, Dupont left Decla-Bioskop and joined Universal in Hollywood, but only completed one film. Crossing the Atlantic again, he signed with British National Pictures in 1928. He briefly became their leading director, again demonstrating his visual flair with two prestige productions: Moulin Rouge (1928) and Piccadilly (1929). The latter was BIP's most expensively made picture up to this time.

After the advent of sound Dupont's career began to falter. His first "talkie", the "Titanic" story Atlantic (1929)-- shot in both English and French-- was an expensive flop, due mainly to poor dialogue and stilted performances. His next two ventures, respectively in France and Germany, had an even worse critical reception. Dupont next tried his luck in Hollywood. After 1933 he worked at different times for Universal, Paramount and Warner Brothers. Critical success proved elusive, as almost all of his assignments were low-budget second features. After being fired from the set of Hell's Kitchen (1939) for slapping a junior member of the cast who had mocked his accent, Dupont spent most of the 1940s in Hollywood as a talent agent and publicist. He eventually resumed his directing career with an offbeat minor film noir, The Scarf (1951), and a watchable precursor to The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Steel Lady (1953). Among his last films was the notorious sci-fi stinker The Neanderthal Man (1953). He died of cancer in December 1956.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Gretl Dupont (16 March 1930 - ?)

Trivia (15)

A star during the silent movie, pushed into a corner by the sound film. A destiny he could share with many others of his time.
Dupont belongs to the neglected one of the German movie and is just known to insiders. As a result his influence to the German movie and the film business in general is highly underestimated.
Dupont was engaged by Universal. Unfortunately he didn't get by with the working conditions there and soon canceled the contract. He shifted his field of activity to England as a production manager, director and writer.
He came up like a comet in the film sky with the movie "Varieté" (1925). Not only in Germany but also in the USA the movie was a crowd-puller.
Duponts last film in Germany was "Salto Mortale" (1932), afterwards he made a new effort in the USA. But he could never really gain a foothold and changed from Universal to M-G-M, from Paramount to Warner Bros. There it got to violence between him and the actors of the movie "Hell's Kitchen" - with the Dead End Kids. The dismissal followed immediately and Dupont could no longer realize further movies for the next ten years.
In 1918 Dupont was engaged by Stern-Film-GmbH as an author and director for the detective serial with actor Max Landa. Just to this moment he had never seen a film studio from inside. Till 1919 there were shot twelve of these pictures.
Back in Germany he met the directors Carl Froelich and G.W. Papst. They belongs to a minority who believed in the future of the sound film. During their discussion it came off a bet: "Who would realize the first German sound film?". The bet was never settled really.
Unhappy with the lack of opportunities afforded him in Hollywood, Dupont became a talent agent in 1940.
In 1952 and 1953, he wrote 23 episodes for the TV series Big Town (1950-56) and directed two of those episodes.
After that he changed to Gloria-Film-GmbH and could realize his first great successes with movies like "Die Geier-Wally" (1921).
It is true that Dupont shot the first sound film, but it wasn't a sheer German sound movie, particularly since the film was shot in London. Something later Carl Froelich shot the first in Germany staged movie.
In the 50s, accompanied by many failures, he only shot low C-Movies like "The Neanderthal Man" (1953). The final out came in 1954, when he was replaced during the shooting of "Miss Robinson Crusoe" as a result of drunkenness. Four years later he died of cancer in Los Angeles.
He played an important role as a film journalist in the 10's.
He worked among other things for "Berliner Morgenpost" and "Berliner Allgemeinen Zeitung"). Encouraged through his acquired literary ability he wrote his first screenplay in 1916 with the title "Mein ist die Rache." Only one year later eleven of his scripts were transferred into running pictures by other directors, e.g. Joe May for his Joe-Deebs-detective-serial.
Dupont was nominated as one of the "10 best directors" by the US journal "Film Daily".

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