Joe May


Director

About

Also Known As
Fred Majo, Joseph Mandel, Julius Otto Mandl
Birth Place
Austria
Born
November 07, 1880
Died
October 23, 1954

Biography

May began his career as a director of low-budget crime films and, by the late 1910s, was running his own film empire comprising studios, laboratories and real-estate concerns. (One of several directors who got their start under contract to May was Fritz Lang.) After inflation put an end to his tycoon status in the mid-20s May worked as a director and producer for other companies; his gre...

Family & Companions

Mia May
Wife
Actor. B. June 2, 1884, Vienna, died 1980; married 1902; adapted Pfleger's stage name, May (later making it legal).

Biography

May began his career as a director of low-budget crime films and, by the late 1910s, was running his own film empire comprising studios, laboratories and real-estate concerns. (One of several directors who got their start under contract to May was Fritz Lang.) After inflation put an end to his tycoon status in the mid-20s May worked as a director and producer for other companies; his greatest achievement of this period was the expressionistic "Asphalt" (1929), a classic "street movie" about a prostitute and a policeman. After being forced to leave Germany in 1933 May made quick stops in France and England before moving to the US, where he made mostly forgettable films. With his actress wife Mia May (he adopted her name rather than vice versa) he later ran Hollywood's Blue Danube restaurant.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Addl 2d 2d Assistant Director
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)
Director
Hit the Road (1941)
Director
The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
Director
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Director
You're Not So Tough (1940)
Director
The House of Fear (1939)
Director
Society Smugglers (1939)
Director
Confession (1937)
Director
Music in the Air (1934)
Director
Ein Lied fuer dich (1933)
Director
Ihre Majestat die liebe (1930)
Director
Asphalt (1929)
Director
Heimkehr (1928)
Director
Dagfin (1926)
Director
Der Farmer aus Texas (1925)
Director
Tragodie der Liebe (1923)
Director
The Indian Tomb (1921)
Director
Die Herrin der Welt (1920)
Director
Opfer (1918)
Director
Sein bester Freund (1918)
Director
Veritas Vincit (1918)
Director
Ihr grosses geheimnis (1918)
Director
Die Silhouette des teufels (1917)
Director
Die Hochzeit in Exzentric-Club (1917)
Director
Der Schwarze chauffeur (1917)
Director
Der Onyxkopf (1917)
Director
Die Hochzeit im Excentricclub (1917)
Director
Die Liebe der Hetty Raymond (1917)
Director
Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917)
Director
Die Sunde der Helga Arndt (1916)
Director
Nebel und Sonne (1916)
Director
Wie ich detektive wurde (1916)
Director
Das Gesetz der mine (1915)
Director
Das Panzergewolbe (1914)
Director
Die Geheimnisvolle villa (1913)
Director
Heimat und Fremde (1913)
Director
In der tiefe des schachtes (1912)
Director
Die Fahrt nach Hamburg (1911)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Limehouse Blues (1934)
Taxi driver

Writer (Feature Film)

Buccaneer's Girl (1950)
Adapted from a story by
Uncertain Glory (1944)
Original Story
The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943)
Original Story
The Invisible Woman (1940)
Original Story
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Story
No Monkey Business (1935)
From Story
Music in the Air (1934)
Contr to trmt and dial
Asphalt (1929)
Screenwriter
Heimkehr (1928)
Screenplay
Dagfin (1926)
Screenwriter
Die Herrin der Welt (1920)
Screenwriter
Veritas Vincit (1918)
From Story
Opfer (1918)
Screenwriter
Ihr grosses geheimnis (1918)
Screenwriter
Die Platonische Ehe (1918)
Screenwriter
Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917)
Screenwriter
Nebel und Sonne (1916)
Screenwriter
Die Sunde der Helga Arndt (1916)
Screenwriter
Wie ich detektive wurde (1916)
Screenwriter
Das Gesetz der mine (1915)
Screenwriter
Heimat und Fremde (1913)
Screenwriter
In der tiefe des schachtes (1912)
Screenwriter

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Das Wandernde Bild (1920)
Production Supervisor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Heimkehr (1928)
Other

Director (Short)

Ein Ausgesto├čener: 1. Teil - Der junge Chef (1913)
Director
Ein Ausgestossener 1. Teil: Der junge Chef (1913)
Director

Writer (Short)

Ein Ausgestossener 1. Teil: Der junge Chef (1913)
Screenwriter

Life Events

1910

Stged operetta "Clo-Clo" starring wife; in collaboration with Emil Schunemann made two short films intended to be shown for intermissions of stage revue "Rund um die Alster"

1911

Signed contact with Continental-Filmkunst GmbH, Berlin as writer-director

1912

Film directing and co-writing debut, "In der Tiefe des Schachtes"; then first film as sole writer (also director), "Vorgluten des Balkanbrandes"

1913

Own unit (Abteilung May) set up within Continental, producing detective series "Stuart Webbs" (starring Ernst Reicher)

1914

With Reicher formed the Stuart Webbs Film-Company May & Reicher; outbreak of war prevented any production

1914

Served in WWI for short time in Imperial Austrian Army

1915

Formed May-Film

1918

May-Film allied for one year with newly formed UFA; formed conglomerate made up of production company May-Film GmbH, lab May Kopieranstalt GmbH and studios Fema-Film-Ateliers GmbH and Filmstadt Woltersdorf-Grundstucks-GmbH

1923

Due to inflation, reorganized film holdings under managment of brother, Leo Mandl

1925

High production costs or "Der Farmer aus Texas" ended producorial outings (though films still produced through his produciton company)

1928

Appointed head of production for Deutsches Lichtspiel Syndikat (DLS), went to Hollywood to study sound techniques

1933

To Paris; co-directed (with Henri-Georges Clouzot) "Tout pour l'amour" (French language version of May's "Ein Lied fur Dich" 1933)

1934

Immigrated to US

1934

English language directing debut (in Great Britian), "Two Hearts in Waltz Time"; direction completed by--and credited to--Carmine Gallone

1934

Co-wrote and co-directed (with Rene Pujol), "Dactylo se marie" in France; then to USA

1934

US directing debut, "Music in the Air"

Companions

Mia May
Wife
Actor. B. June 2, 1884, Vienna, died 1980; married 1902; adapted Pfleger's stage name, May (later making it legal).

Bibliography