Ernst Neubach

Ernst Neubach (3 January 1900, Vienna – 21 May 1968, Munich) was an Austrian screenwriter, producer and director.

Ernst Neubach
Born(1900-01-03)3 January 1900
Died21 May 1968(1968-05-21) (aged 68)
  • Hertha Helene Langer
  • Margaret Jenni


Of Jewish descent,[1] Neubach was a veteran of World War I, after which he worked as a master of ceremonies in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. He wrote lyrics for songs and over 2,000 hits, including I've lost my heart in Heidelberg (1925) and In Heaven There Is No Beer (1956). Successful operetta librettos include Gentleman Jack (Music: Carita by Horst). With the dawn of the talkie era, he began to write screenplays for musical comedies.

After the Nazis seized power in 1933, Neubach lived mostly in Vienna. On 9 March 1937, he became a member of the Patriotic Front.

After the Anschluss, Neubach emigrated to France. There, he worked as a screenwriter from 1938 to 1939. As a member of the French Foreign Legion, he served in North Africa from 1940 to 1941. On 29 September 1942, he fled to Switzerland to escape the threat of deportation. He stayed there until three months after the war had ended in a hotel in Zollikon.

In August 1945, Neubach moved back to France. He worked as a scriptwriter in 1948 and in 1952, he returned to Germany, where he worked as a writer. He founded Neubach-Film GmbH in Munich, which produced his 1955 movies.

Neubach married Hertha Helene Langer in July 1945, but the marriage ended in divorce. He later married Margaret Jenni, with whom he had a daughter.

Films directed by Ernst Neubach

  • 1932 : Trenck, (co-directed by Heinz Paul)
  • 1949 : Le Signal rouge (The Red Signal)
  • 1949 : On demande un assassin (We request a murderer)
  • 1951 : Les Mémoires de la vache Yolande (The Memoirs of Cow Yolande)
  • 1952 : I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg
  • 1952 : You Only Live Once
  • 1957 : Der Kaiser und das Wäschermädel


Films produced by Neubach

Ernst Neubach had a production company named Neubach-Film.


  1. Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 189
  2. Hall, Mordaunt (14 September 1931). "Ein Burschenlied Aus Heidelberg (1931)" (movie review). The New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2009.

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