05.12.1906, Wienna, Austria - 23.04.1986, New York, USA
New York, USA), was an American director, producer and actor of Austrian-Jewish
origin. He earned a doctor’s degree in law in Vienna. From his early age, he
loved theatre. At first he acted, worked as assistant director, and soon after
became the director of Reinhardt Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. He
made his debut on film with Die grosse Liebe (1931). In 1935 he was
invited to direct on Broadway. Soon after, he signed a contract in Hollywood.
His first American success was the noir film Laura (1944) for
which he was nominated for an Oscar as the best director. Afterwards he made a
few more acclaimed films of the same movement. His most important film is
Anatomy of a Murder (1959). In 1980 he retired, after having made 37 films.
He was a director who skillfully followed changes in trends, openly showing his
interest in commercial success.