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Thea von Harbou (1888–1954)

Thea von Harbou was born on December 27, 1888 in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany as Thea Gabriele von Harbou. She was a writer and director, known for Metropolis (1927), M (1931) and Spies (1928). She was married to Fritz Lang and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. She died on July 1, 1954 in Berlin, Germany. See full bio »


(age 65) in Berlin, Germany

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 1960 Journey to the Lost City (novel) / (screenplay)
 1959 The Tomb of Love (novel)
 1959 Tiger of Bengal (novel "Das Indische Grabmal")
 1951 M (scenario - uncredited)
 1948 Fahrt ins Glück (writer)
 1948 Via Mala (writer)
 1945 Life Goes On (novel)
 1945 Kolberg (rumoured)
 1943 Die Gattin
 1943 The Genius and the Nightingale (screenplay) / (story)
 1941 Annelie (screenplay)
 1941 Clarissa (uncredited)
 1940 Lauter Liebe
 1939 Hurrah! I'm a Papa (writer)
 1939 Menschen vom Varieté (writer)
 1939 Stars of Variety (writer)
 1938 Das indische Grabmal (novel)
 1938 Covered Tracks (writer)
 1938 Die Frau am Scheidewege (screenplay)
 1938 Only for Thee (story)
 1938 Jugend (writer)
 1938 Le tombeau hindou (novel "Das indische Grabmal")
 1938 Le tigre du Bengale (novel)
 1938 The Tiger of Eschnapur (novel "Das Indische Grabmal")
 1937 Mother Song (screenplay)
 1937 Der zerbrochene Krug (screenplay)
 1937 Der Herrscher (screenplay)
 1936 Eskapade (adaptation)
 1933 The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse (scenario)
 1931 M (script)
 1929 Woman in the Moon (manuscript - as Thea v. Harbou) / (novel "Frau im Mond")
 1928 Spies (novel 'Spione') / (screenplay)
 1927 Metropolis (novel) / (screenplay)
 1924 Michael (adaptation and screenplay)
 1923 Die Austreibung (Short)
 1923 Der steinerne Reiter (idea)
 1922 Phantom (adapted for the screen by)
 1921 Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth (novel) / (scenario)
 1921 Destiny
 1921 Das Haus des Dr. Gaudeamus (novel "Haus ohne Tür und Fenster")
 1921 Vier um die Frau (written by)
 1921 Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (novel) / (scenario)
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From July to October 1945, von Harbou was detained in Staumühle, a poorly-run British prison camp. Though many claim she had significant Nazi sympathies, von Harbou claimed she only joined the Nazi Party to help Indian immigrants in Germany like her husband. "Her direct work on behalf of the government consisted, she claimed, entirely of volunteer welding, making hearing aids, and emergency ... See more »

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