Georg Jacoby

Georg Jacoby (23 July 1882 – 21 February 1964) was a German film director and screenwriter.[1]

Georg Jacoby
Georg Jacoby (1953)
Born23 July 1882
Died21 February 1964 (1964-02-22) (aged 81)
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter
Years active19131960


Jacoby was born in Mainz, Germany, the son of Wilhelm Jacoby (1855-1925), a German comedic playwright, who concentrated largely on creating farces, such as The Duchess of Athens (1883) and Pension Schöller (1890), which he co-authored with Carl Laufs. Georg adapted Pension Schöller into film versions on no fewer than three occasions.

In 1923, Georg Jacoby gave Marlene Dietrich her film debut, casting her in a small role in The Little Napoleon (1923). His involvement with large-budget Italian epic Quo Vadis (1924), which was a critical and commercial disaster, damaged his reputation. He rebuilt his career by directing a series of popular comedies and musicals.

He was married to Marika Rökk from 1940 until his death. Actress Gabriele Jacoby is his daughter. During the Nazi era, Jacoby specialised in light comedies featuring Rökk. In 1941 he directed the first Agfacolor film Women Are Better Diplomats. He remained active in West Germany, directing his final film in 1960.

Georg Jacoby died, aged 81, in Munich.

Selected filmography


  1. Profile,; accessed 11 December 2016.


  • Grange, William. Historical Dictionary of German Theater. Scarecrow Press, 2006.
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