Georg Jacoby (23 July 1882 – 21 February 1964) was a German film director and screenwriter.[3]

Georg Jacoby
Georg Jacoby (1953)
Born23 July 1882
Died21 February 1964 (1964-02-22) (aged 81)
Occupation(s)Film director, Screenwriter
Years active1913–1960
Spouse(s)Edith Meller (m.1922, divorced)[1]
Elga Brink (divorced)[2]
Marika Rökk (m.1940)
ChildrenGabriele Jacoby

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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.[citation needed]

He was married to Marika Rökk from 1940 until his death. Actress Gabriele Jacoby [de] 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.[citation needed]

Georg Jacoby died, aged 81, in Munich.

Selected filmography edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Edith Meller".
  2. ^ According to Kay Less: The film The big Personenlexikon was Jacoby's first wife, not Elga Brink (Such as CineGraph reported), but the Budapest actress Edith Meller (1897– 1953), while Elga Brink later was his partner.
  3. ^ Profile Archived 2009-09-04 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 11 December 2016.

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Bibliography edit

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