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STERNBERG, Josef von (1894-1969). Austrian-American, film director, b. Vienna. To U.S. as a boy. Established reputation with Salvation Hunters (1925), a realistic portrayal of waterfront life; made series of pictures about the criminal world as Underworld (1927), The Dragnet (1928), Docks of New York (1928); discovered Marlene Dietrich and directed her in Der blaue Engel (1930, The Blue Angel), Morocco (1930), Dishonored (1931), Blonde Venus (1932), Shanghai Express (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), The Devil Is a Woman (1935); also directed The Last Command (1928), An American Tragedy (1931), and Crime and Punishment (1935).

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