Stemmle, Robert A.
Robert A. Stemmle was born in Madgeburg on June 10, 1903. After working as a schoolteacher, he studied literature and theater in Berlin. He wrote several plays, including Kampf um Kitsch, which was a huge success at the Berliner Volksbühne. Stemmle collaborated with Max Reinhardt and was an assistant to theater director Eric Charell. In the 1930s, he worked for daily papers, radio, and theater, as well as for major German film production companies, including for Ufa starting in 1935. There he participated in several popular film productions of the Nazi era.
Throughout his career, Stemmle worked as both a director and scriptwriter. His debut as a scriptwriter was Der Rebell, which was based on an idea by Luis Trenker, who was also the film’s co-director and played a leading role; the comedy So ein Flegel, with the popular film star Heinz Rühmann, was his directorial debut. Like many of his contemporaries, Stemmle also worked in Hollywood, where Desire (the 1936 remake of his 1933 co-authored comedy, Die schönen Tage in Aranjuez), was produced with Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. Much later, he returned to the U.S. to work on the script for the Walt Disney production, Almost Angels.
After the war, Stemmle worked as a theater and film director in all four sectors of occupied Germany, including for the DEFA film studio in the Soviet zone. He wrote scripts for three DEFA productions: Affaire Blum, Die Kuckucks and the comedy, Der Biberpelz. In 1962, Stemmle directed a remake of Affaire Blum for West German television; then, in 1979, he published a novel by the same name.
Stemmle became one of the most successful and prolific West German directors and writers in the late 1940s and 50s. One of his most successful films was Berliner Ballade, a satirical postwar story told from the vantage point of the year 2048. As of the mid-1960s, Stemmle worked mainly in television. His oeuvre includes almost one hundred children’s films (Emil und die Detektive), crime and detective stories (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) and Westerns (Old Shatterhand). He collaborated with many internationally known directors, including Wolfgang Staudte (Der letzte Zeuge), Falk Harnack (Jeder stirbt für sich allein), Josef von Báky (Die seltsame Gräfin), Robert Siodmak (Der Schatz der Azteken) and Helmut Käutner (Epilog).
Robert A. Stemmle died on February 24, 1974.
Festivals & Awards:
|1974||German Film Award in Gold for Lifetime Achievement|
|1949||Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival for Berliner Ballade|
|1973-1974||Unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit (Closed Hearing, TV series, D, S)|
|1969-1970||Recht oder Unrecht (Justice or Injustice, TV series, S)|
|1966||Die Ersten und die Letzten (The First and the Last, TV, S)|
|1964||Old Shatterhand (S)|
|1962||Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Every Man Dies Alone, TV, S)|
|1962||Almost Angels (S)|
|1961||Die seltsame Gräfin (The Odd Countess, S)|
|1960||Der letzte Zeuge (The Last Witness, S)|
|1954||Emil und die Detektive (Emil and the Detectives, D, S)|
|1952||Toxi (D, S)|
|1951||Sündige Grenze (Illegal Border, D, S)|
|1950||Epilog (Epilogue, S)|
|1949||Der Biberpelz (The Beaver Coat, S)|
|1948||Berliner Ballade (Berlin Ballad, S)|
|1948||Die Kuckucks (The Cuckoos, S)|
|1948||Affaire Blum (The Blum Affair, S)|
|1941||Quax, der Bruchpilot (Quax, the Crash-Happy Pilot, S)|
|1939||Mann für Mann (One After the Other, D, S)|
|1937||Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war (The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes, S)|
|1934||Charleys Tante (Charley’s Aunt, D, S)|
|1933||So ein Flegel (Such a Boor, D, S)|
|1932||Die unsichtbare Front (The Invisible Front, S)|
|1932||Der Rebell (The Rebel, S)|