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William Dieterle (July 15, 1893 – December 9, 1972) was a German actor and film director, who worked in Hollywood for much of his career.wikipedia
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939 film)

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His best known films include The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Story of Louis Pasteur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Directed by William Dieterle and produced by Pandro S. Berman, the film is based on Victor Hugo's 1831 novel.

The Life of Emile Zola

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His 1937 film The Life of Emile Zola won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Life of Emile Zola is a 1937 American biographical film about French author Émile Zola, played by Paul Muni and directed by William Dieterle.

The Story of Louis Pasteur

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His best known films include The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Story of Louis Pasteur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Story of Louis Pasteur is a 1936 American black-and-white biographical film from Warner Bros., produced by Henry Blanke, directed by William Dieterle, that stars Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, and Donald Woods, and Paul Muni as the renowned scientist who developed major advances in microbiology, which revolutionized agriculture and medicine.

Waxworks (film)

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He also returned to film acting for several years and appeared in such notable German films as Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks) (1924) and F. W. Murnau's Faust (1926).
The film is about a writer (William Dieterle) who accepts a job from a waxworks proprietor to write a series of stories about the exhibits of Caliph of Baghdad (Emil Jannings), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss) in order to boost business.

The Devil and Daniel Webster (film)

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His best known films include The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Story of Louis Pasteur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
A retelling of the Faust legend, set in 1840s rural New Hampshire, it was directed by German-born actor-director William Dieterle who (under his original name, Wilhelm Dieterle) played a featured role in F. W. Murnau's epic silent version of Faust in 1926.

Sex in Chains

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In 1927, Dieterle and his wife formed their own production company, Charrha-Film, and Dieterle returned to directing films, such as Sex in Chains (1928) in which he also played the lead role.
Sex in Chains (Geschlecht in Fesseln – Die Sexualnot der Strafgefangenen) is a 1928 silent film directed by William Dieterle.

Faust (1926 film)

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He also returned to film acting for several years and appeared in such notable German films as Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks) (1924) and F. W. Murnau's Faust (1926).
Faust – A German Folktale (Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage) is a 1926 silent film produced by UFA, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Gösta Ekman as Faust, Emil Jannings as Mephisto, Camilla Horn as Gretchen/Marguerite, Frida Richard as her mother, Wilhelm Dieterle as her brother and Yvette Guilbert as Marthe Schwerdtlein, her aunt.

Her Majesty, Love

His initial Hollywood career was neither successful nor notable, and included such films as the W. C. Fields musical Her Majesty, Love (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), Adorable (1933), and Fog Over Frisco (1934) with Bette Davis.
Her Majesty, Love is a USA 1931 Pre-Code talking musical comedy drama film directed by William Dieterle for First National Pictures, starring Broadway stars Marilyn Miller and Ben Lyon.

Fog Over Frisco

His initial Hollywood career was neither successful nor notable, and included such films as the W. C. Fields musical Her Majesty, Love (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), Adorable (1933), and Fog Over Frisco (1934) with Bette Davis.
Fog Over Frisco is a 1934 American Pre-Code drama film directed by William Dieterle.

Jewel Robbery

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His initial Hollywood career was neither successful nor notable, and included such films as the W. C. Fields musical Her Majesty, Love (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), Adorable (1933), and Fog Over Frisco (1934) with Bette Davis.
Jewel Robbery is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy-mystery film, directed by William Dieterle and starring William Powell and Kay Francis.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935 film)

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The resulting film, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), revitalized Dieterle's career as a major Hollywood director.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1935 American romance fantasy film of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, and starring James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, Jean Muir, Joe E. Brown, Dick Powell, Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Victor Jory and Ian Hunter.

Satan Met a Lady

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These films included the second version of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Satan Met a Lady with Bette Davis, The Prince and the Pauper and another bio-pic about Florence Nightingale, The White Angel.
Satan Met a Lady is a 1936 American detective film directed by William Dieterle and starring Bette Davis.

The White Angel (1936 film)

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These films included the second version of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Satan Met a Lady with Bette Davis, The Prince and the Pauper and another bio-pic about Florence Nightingale, The White Angel.
The White Angel is a 1936 American historical drama film directed by William Dieterle and starring Kay Francis.

Olivia de Havilland

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Starring James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown and an 11-year-old Mickey Rooney, the film had very mixed reviews for its "Americanization" of Shakespeare, but was a success on release and is now considered a classic.
During the production, deHavilland picked up film acting techniques from the film's co-director William Dieterle and camera techniques from cinematographer Hal Mohr, who was impressed with her questions about his work.

Blockade (1938 film)

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Blockade (1938) stars Henry Fonda as a dedicated Loyalist fighter and Madeline Carroll as the reluctant Franco spy who falls in love with him during the Spanish Civil War.
Blockade is a 1938 American drama film directed by William Dieterle and starring Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda and Leo Carrillo.

Joe E. Brown

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Starring James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown and an 11-year-old Mickey Rooney, the film had very mixed reviews for its "Americanization" of Shakespeare, but was a success on release and is now considered a classic.
Brown was one of the few vaudeville comedians to appear in a Shakespeare film; he played Francis Flute in the Max Reinhardt/William Dieterle film version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and was highly praised for his performance.

Juarez (film)

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Juarez (1939) was the third biographical picture that Dieterle made with Paul Muni, depicting the life of Mexican politician Benito Juárez and his conflict with Emperor Maximilian I.
Juarez is a 1939 American historical drama film directed by William Dieterle.

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) is about Paul Ehrlich's discovery of Salvarsan, which made syphilis curable; and A Dispatch from Reuter's (also 1940), about the man who established the first news agency.
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet is a 1940 biographical film directed by William Dieterle and starring Edward G. Robinson, based on the true story of the German doctor and scientist Dr. Paul Ehrlich.

Tennessee Johnson

After another bio-pic about President Andrew Johnson called Tennessee Johnson (1942) starring Van Heflin and Lionel Barrymore and a remake of Kismet (1944) with Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich, Love Letters (1945) stars Joseph Cotten as a soldier who writes love letters on behalf of a friend during World War II. Jennifer Jones stars as the recipient of the letters who falls in love with the writer.
It was directed by William Dieterle and written by Milton Gunzburg, Alvin Meyers, John Balderston, and Wells Root.

Love Letters (1945 film)

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After another bio-pic about President Andrew Johnson called Tennessee Johnson (1942) starring Van Heflin and Lionel Barrymore and a remake of Kismet (1944) with Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich, Love Letters (1945) stars Joseph Cotten as a soldier who writes love letters on behalf of a friend during World War II. Jennifer Jones stars as the recipient of the letters who falls in love with the writer.
It was directed by William Dieterle and stars Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards, Cecil Kellaway, Gladys Cooper and Anita Louise.

Portrait of Jennie

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Portrait of Jennie (1948) stars Cotten and Jones as a painter and his muse.
The film was directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick.

Maureen O'Hara

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The film stars Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and a 19-year-old Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda.
Director William Dieterle initially showed concern that O'Hara was too tall and disliked her wavy hair, asking for her to step under a shower to straighten it out.

Bernard Herrmann

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Although unsuccessful upon its initial release, it is today a classic with Noirish cinematography by Joe August, Oscar-winning score by Bernard Herrmann and still impressive special effects.
Between two movies made by Orson Welles (see below), he wrote the score for William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), for which he won his only Oscar.

Adorable (film)

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His initial Hollywood career was neither successful nor notable, and included such films as the W. C. Fields musical Her Majesty, Love (1932), Jewel Robbery (1932), Adorable (1933), and Fog Over Frisco (1934) with Bette Davis.

The Turning Point (1952 film)

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He continued to make American films in the 1950s, including the film noir The Turning Point (1952) and Salome (1953) with Rita Hayworth.
The Turning Point is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by William Dieterle and starring William Holden, Edmond O'Brien and Alexis Smith.