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New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:03 pm
by Henry Nicolella
Some self-promotion here. My book on the film and television career of Frank Wisbar is now available from McFarland. Wisbar came to his own as a director in Germany just as the Nazis took over. There was no place for his artistry in the Third Reich so he eventually fled to America where he labored in Poverty Row and became well known for horror films. Success in early television allowed him to return to Postwar Germany where he concentrated on war epics and social problem dramas (including a TV version of Thomas Wolfe's rarely staged "Welcome to my Hometown").
William K. Everson on Frank Wisbar: "On the strength of "Anna and Elisabeth" and "Ferryman Maria", he is certainly entitled to rank as one of the screen's most individual poets, and the word is not used lightly."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Biography: The Stranger from the Other Shore 4
The Films and Television Programs
Im Bann des Eulenspiegels (Under the Spell of the Owl Mirror) (1932)  23
Anna und Elisabeth (Anna and Elisabeth) (1933)  29
Rivalen der Luft (Rivals of the Air) (1934)  48
Hermine und die seiben Aufrechten (Hermine and the Seven Upright Men) (1935)  56
Die Werft zum Grauen Hecht (The Grey Pikes Wharf) (1935)  62
Fahrmann Maria (Ferryman Maria) (1936)  65
Die Unbekannte (The Unknown) (1936)  82
Ball im Metropol (Ball in Metropol) (1937)  94
Petermann ist dagegen! (Petermann Is Against It!) (1937)  98
Women in Bondage (1943)  104
Strangler of the Swamp (1946)  112
Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946)  120
Secrets of a Sorority Girl (1946)  129
Lighthouse (1947)  134
The Prairie (1948)  140
Madonna of the Desert (1948)  147
The Mozart Story (1948)  149
Rimfire (1949)  153
Fireside Theater (1949)  156
Haie und kleine Fische (Sharks and Little Fish) (1957)  166
Nasser Asphalt (Wet Asphalt) (1958)  170
Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben? (Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?) (1959)  178
Nacht fiel uber Gotenhafen (Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen) (1960)  183
Fabrik der Offiziere (The Officer Factory) (1960)  192
Barbara (1961)  196
Commando (1962)  205
Durchbruch Lok 234 (Breakthrough Locomotive 234) (1963)  209
West German TV  212
Bibliography 221
Index 223

New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:10 am
by JFK

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 am
by Henry Nicolella
Many thanks! I hope you enjoy it.

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:48 pm
by earlytalkiebuffRob
JFK wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:10 am
Just ordered it !
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Among his films online:
Fährmann Maria aka Ferryman Maria (1936)
Strangler of the Swamp (1946)
...and ANNA UND ELISABETH (1933)...

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:57 pm
by Henry Nicolella
Thanks! Not too long ago I was in Buffalo, NY and got together with Frank Wisbar's daughter Tania to see a play she had written based (loosely) on her mother and father. It was titled "The Red Dress" and was very well done.

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:44 am
by Dan Oliver
Ordered. Looking forward to reading it.

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:10 am
by Henry Nicolella
Appreciate it. I think Wisbar definitely deserves a little more recognition than he's received thus far.
You're in North Carolina? I hope you're okay. My daughter and grandson live near Myrtle Beach and now the two of them, their two dogs and their cat are staying with us here in Syracuse for the duration of Florence's fury.

Re: New book on Frank Wisbar

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:37 am
by Dan Oliver
In our part of Raleigh we just saw 3-4 days of generally light but steady rain, a bit of wind at first, and a few downed limbs. Other parts of town and some of the surrounding cities had some flooding, but most of the bad stuff was to the south and east of us.

Your book arrived yesterday and I'll start reading tonight.