Wilhelm Thiele

Wilhelm Thiele (1890–1975) was an Austrian screenwriter and film director.[1] He directed over 40 films between 1921 and 1960.

Wilhelm Thiele
Born(1890-05-10)May 10, 1890
Vienna, Austria
DiedSeptember 7, 1975(1975-09-07) (aged 85)

Life and career

Thiele started his show career as a stage actor. He got his start in Austrian and German film during the 1920s, most often as a director of film comedies. His biggest success was the highly influential musical film The Three from the Filling Station (1930), the highest-grossing film in Germany that year. Thiele, who was of Jewish descent,[2] left Germany during the Nazi Era. His first film in Hollywood, Lottery Lover in 1935, was without success and Thiele never achieved the same level of fame in Hollywood as he had Germany. He mostly made B-Pictures, but is credited with giving actress Dorothy Lamour her big start in movies with The Jungle Princess (1936). In the 1950s, he worked as a director in American television. His last two films were made in Germany: The Last Pedestrian (1960) and Sabine und die hundert Männer (1960).

Wilhelm Thiele was married and had three children.

Partial filmography


  1. BFI
  2. Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 211
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