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Joe May (I) (1880–1954)

A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After the Nazi takeover, May fled to the United States ... See full bio »

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 1941 Hit the Road
 1937 Confession
 1932 Three on a Honeymoon (supervisor)
 1932 Two in a Car
 1931 His Highness Love (supervising)
 1930 Der unsterbliche Lump (supervising)
 1929 Their Son
 1929 Asphalt
 1928 Homecoming
 1926 Dagfin
 1923 Love Tragedy
 1921 Junge Mama (supervising)
 1921 Am Webstuhl der Zeit (supervising)
 1919 Der Muff (supervising)
 1918 Die Ratte (supervising)
 1918 Das Opfer
 1917 Der Onyxknopf
 1917 Ehre
 1915 In der Nacht
 1914 Die Pagode
 1914 The Man in the Cellar (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Fred Majo | Joseph Mandel


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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May's last film was the war time comedy featuring Robert Mitchum in a small role, Johnny Doesn't Live Here Any More, made in 1944 by the King Brothers and released through Monogram Pictures. See more »

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