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Heinrich Nebenzahl

1870 - 1938

The producer Heinrich Nebenzahl was born as Chaslek Moses Nebenzahl in Krakow.

At the end of the 1880s he emigrated to the USA where he got the citizenship in 1894. He earned his living as a businessman in trade.

He went to Germany with his children in 1905 where he lived from the trade of eggs and butter.

With the outbreak of World War I the replenishment of food became very difficult and Heinrich Nebenzahl dedicated to the film business.
He first worked for the "Natur-Film Friedrich Müller" where he among others worked together with the very popular actor Harry Piel. They realised about 70 movies during the silent movie era with different companies.

To Heinrich Nebenzahls first produced movies belong "Zur Strecke gebracht" (17), "Um eine Million" (17), "Der stumme Zeuge" (17), "Sein Todfeind" (18) and "Rivalen" (18).

In the 20s he produced among others "Der letzte Kampf" (23), "Das Haus am Meer" (25), "Dürfen wir schweigen?" (26), "Die Flucht in die Nacht" (26) and "Flucht in die Fremdenlegion" (29).
He also took part in the creation of the movie "Menschen am Sonntag" (29) which was directed by his nephew Robert Siodmak who started his world career with this movie.

His last produced movie was "Stud. Chem. Helene Willfüer" (30).

Heinrich Seymour founded the Nero-Film AG in 1925 which became a ambitious production company under the lead of his son Seymour Nebenzahl from 1928. The Nero-Film AG realised classics like "Die Büchse der Pandora" (29), "Westfront 1918" (30), "Die Dreigroschenoper" (31), "M" (31) and "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" (33).

When the National Socialists came into power in Germany Heinrich Nebenzahl and his son Seymour had to flee to France.

Other movies from Heinrich Nebenzahl:
Das amerikansche Duell (18) Der fliegende Holländer (18) Rivalen (23) Abenteuer einer Nacht (23) Die Welt will belogen sein (26) Flucht vor Blond (28)