Alfred Vohrer

Alfred Vohrer

Additional Names: Alfred Adolf Vohrer (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch
*29.12.1914 Stuttgart; †03.02.1986 München

Biography

Alfred Adolf Vohrer was born in Stuttgart on December 29, 1914. After graduating from school, he took acting and singing lessons and started to perform on stage. In the late 1930s, he joined the ensemble of the state theatre in Stuttgart, yet this engagement did not last long due to the outbreak of WWII. Vohrer was drafted and fought on the Russian front, where he lost his right arm – which meant the end of his acting career.

Vohrer shifted his interests towards filmmaking. He started out as an intern at the Ufa production company, where he worked under directors like Harald Braun and Alfred Braun. After the end of the war, the lack of actual film production had him shifting yet again, this time to radio broadcasting, where he found quick success, especially as a director of radio plays. He eventually returned to the film industry as a dubbing expert, and in the 1950s, he oversaw the dubbing of over 1000 feature films, including classics like "From Here to Eternity" ("Verdammt in alle Ewigkeit", USA 1954), "The Man with the Golden Arm" ("Der Mann mit dem goldenen Arm", USA 1956), and "Les Quatre Cents Coups" ("Sie küssten und sie schlugen ihn", F 1959).

After his first own film project "Zum Leben verdammt" did not get past the pre-production stage, he took inspiration from US and German releases addressing youth problems like "The Blackboard Jungle" ("Die Saat der Gewalt", USA 1955), "Die Halbstarken" ("The Hooligans", 1956) and "Endstation Liebe" (1957): His debut "Schmutziger Engel" (1958) told the story of a school girl who falls in love with her teacher but then accuses him of sexual harassment when he does not reciprocate her feelings. He stayed true to the genre with his following films "Meine 99 Bräute" (1958), "Verbrechen nach Schulschluß" (1959) and "Mit 17 weint man nicht" (1960).

After directing the successful drama "Bis daß das Geld Euch scheidet..." (1960) for producer Artur Brauner, Vohrer was hired by Horst Wendlandt as director for the adaptation of the Edgar Wallace thriller "Die toten Augen von London" ("Dead Eyes of London", 1961). The film became a box office success, and established Vohrer as an expert for popular entertainment fare. He went on to direct thirteen more Wallace thrillers, including now-classics like "Der Zinker" (1963), "Der Hexer" ("The Wizard", 1964), "Neues vom Hexer" (1965) and "Der Bucklige von Soho" ("The Hunchback of Soho", 1966). In addition, he also directed the crime capers "Ein Alibi zerbricht" (1963), "Wartezimmer zum Jenseits" (1964), "Sieben Tage Frist" (1969) and "Perrak" (1970).

Yet Vohrer felt at home in other genres as well: He helmed the Euro westerns "Unter Geiern" (BRD/F 1964), "Old Surehand" (1965) und "Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand" (BRD/YU 1966), directed the comedy "Lange Beine – Lange Finger" (1966) for Brauner's CCC production company, and also made the soft-sex flics "Herzblatt oder wie sag' ich's meiner Tochter?" (1969) and "Das gelbe Haus am Pinnasberg" (1970), both produced by Luggi Waldleitner's Roxy Film.

Also for Roxy Film, he directed a string of highly successful adaptations of bestselling novels by Johannes Mario Simmel, including "Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen" (1971), "Liebe ist nur ein Wort" (1971) and "Alle Menschen werden Brüder" (1973).

He continued to adapt popular novels for the screen with films like "Und der Regen verwischt jede Spur" (1972), "Drei Männer im Schnee" (1974), "Wer stirbt schon gerne unter Palmen" (1974) and "Das Schweigen im Walde" (1976), yet he was not able to repeat his previous box office successes.

Although Vohrer once voiced the belief that the success of a film, be it art or not, is decided at the box office, he also frequently said that he wanted to work on more ambitious projects than the popular fare he was known for. This wish was fulfilled with one of his last theatrical releases, the adaptation of Hans Fallada's novel "Jeder stirbt für sich allein" (1975), starring Hildegard Knef and Carl Raddatz. The film got great reviews, and is today considered one of his most accomplished works.

When he ceased to work for the big screen in 1976, Vohrer had already established himself as a director for television. Over the following years, he directed countless episodes of popular German TV shows. Fittingly, it was during the production of an episode of the series "Der Alte", when Alfred Vohrer died in a hotel suite following a heart attack on February 3, 1986.

Filmography

1985/1986 Weißblaue Geschichten 6: Der Kohlhas / Der Gendarm / Der Schutzheilige
Director
 
1985/1986 Hessische Geschichten I
Director
 
1985/1986 Das absolute Ende
Director
 
1985/1986 Naujocks trauriges Ende
Director
 
1985/1986 Hessische Geschichten II
Director
 
1985/1986 Weißblaue Geschichten 5: Der Amerikaner / Der Erlkönig / Der Gondoliere
Director
 
1985/1986 Weißblaue Geschichten 4: Die Goldene Hochzeit / Der Glückspilz / Der Klangkörper / Der Landarzt
Director
 
1984 Der Lehrer und andere Schulgeschichten
Director
 
1984 Gangster haben andere Spielregeln
Director
 
1984 Der Lehrer
Director
 
1983/1984 Weißblaue Geschichten 3: Der Freund / Der Vater / Der Heilige / Der Retter
Director
 
1983/1984 Weißblaue Geschichten 2: Der Schlaumeier / Der Tandler / Das Gschpusi
Director
 
1983/1984 Weißblaue Geschichten 1: Der Kurpfuscher / Der Seemann / Der Kraftprotz
Director
 
1983/1984 Manfred Krug: Krumme Touren
Director
 
1983/1984 Ein Mörder zuwenig
Director
 
1983/1984 Tödlicher Ausweg
Director
 
1983/1984 Drei atemlose Tage
Director
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Amazonas
Director
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Kenia
Director
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Puerto Rico
Director
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Kenia
Director
 
1983 Das Traumschiff. Marokko
Director
 
1982/1983 Das Traumschiff. Brasilien
Director
 
1982/1983 Geheimnisse einer Nacht
Director
 
1982/1983 Rendezvous der Damen
Director
 
1982 Der Mann aus Kiel
Director
 
1982 Das Alibi
Director
 
1981/1982 Väter
Director
 
1981/1982 Väter. EP 2: Lektionen
Director
 
1981/1982 Die Fahrt nach Lindau
Director
 
1981 Liebe hat ihre Zeit
Director
 
1981 Tod im See
Director
 
1981 Das sechste Streichholz
Director
 
1980/1981 Bis daß der Tod uns scheidet
Director
 
1980/1981 Freispruch
Director
 
1980 Pricker
Director
 
1980 Liebe bleibt nicht ohne Schmerzen
Director
 
1980 Zeuge Yurowski
Director
 
1979/1980 Die tote Hand
Director, Screenplay
 
1979 Ein Todesengel
Director
 
1979 Das dritte Opfer
Director
 
1979 Teufelsbrut
Director, Screenplay
 
1978/1979 Ein unheimliches Haus
Director
 
1978/1979 Mordanschlag
Director, Screenplay
 
1978 Marholms Erben
Director
 
1978 Die verlorenen Sekunden
Director
 
1978 Lissas Vater
Director
 
1978 Die Sträflingsfrau
Director
 
1978 Kaffee mit Beate
Director
 
1977/1978 Bumerang
Director, Screenplay
 
1977/1978 Ein Hinterhalt
Director
 
1977/1978 Erkältung im Sommer
Director
 
1977 Tod eines Fans
Director
 
1977 Verena und Annabelle
Director
 
1977 Blütenträume
Director
 
1977 Zwei Mörder
Director
 
1976/1977 Das Kuckucksei
Director
 
1976/1977 Offene Rechnung
Director
 
1976 Hals in der Schlinge
Director
 
1976 Anita Drögemöller und die Ruhe an der Ruhr
Director
 
1976 Das Schweigen im Walde
Director
 
1976 Schock
Director
 
1975/1976 Tote Vögel singen nicht
Director
 
1975 Kamillas junger Freund
Director
 
1975 Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Director
 
1975 Der Edelweißkönig
Director
 
1974/1975 Verbrechen nach Schulschluß
Director
 
1974 Wer stirbt schon gerne unter Palmen
Director
 
1974 Die Antwort kennt nur der Wind
Director
 
1973/1974 Drei Männer im Schnee
Director
 
1973 Gott schützt die Liebenden
Director
 
1972/1973 Alle Menschen werden Brüder
Director
 
1972 Und der Regen verwischt jede Spur
Director
 
1972 Der Stoff, aus dem die Träume sind
Director
 
1971 Liebe ist nur ein Wort
Director
 
1971 Die Tote aus der Themse
Voice
 
1970/1971 Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen
Director
 
1970 Perrak
Director
 
1969/1970 Das gelbe Haus am Pinnasberg
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Herzblatt oder wie sag' ich's meiner Tochter?
Director
 
1969 7 Tage Frist
Director
 
1968/1969 Der Mann mit dem Glasauge
Voice, Director
 
1968 Im Banne des Unheimlichen
Voice, Director
 
1968 Der Gorilla von Soho
Voice, Director
 
1967 Der Hund von Blackwood-Castle
Voice, Director
 
1967 Die blaue Hand
Director
 
1967 Der Mönch mit der Peitsche
Voice, Director
 
1966 Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand
Director
 
1966 Der Bucklige von Soho
Voice, Director
 
1965/1966 Lange Beine - lange Finger
Director
 
1965 Der unheimliche Mönch
Voice
 
1965 Old Surehand
Director
 
1965 Neues vom Hexer
Cast, Director
 
1964 Unter Geiern
Director
 
1964 Der Hexer
Voice, Director
 
1963/1964 Wartezimmer zum Jenseits
Director
 
1963 Ein Alibi zerbricht
Cast, Director
 
1963 Das indische Tuch
Voice, Director
 
1963 Der Zinker
Director
 
1962 Die Tür mit den sieben Schlössern
Voice, Director
 
1962 Das Gasthaus an der Themse
Director
 
1961 Unser Haus in Kamerun
Director
 
1961 Die toten Augen von London
Director
 
1960 Bis daß das Geld Euch scheidet...
Director
 
1960 Mit 17 weint man nicht
Director
 
1959 Verbrechen nach Schulschluß
Director
 
1958 Meine 99 Bräute
Director
 
1958 Schmutziger Engel
Director
 
1949/1950 Immer wieder Glück
Dialogue editor
 
1948 Wer die Wahl hat, hat die Qual
Participation
 
1944/1945 Der stumme Gast
Assistant director
 
1944/1945 Der Puppenspieler
Assistant director
 
1943/1944 Träumerei
Assistant director
 
1943 Nora
Assistant director
 
1942-1944/1951 Augen der Liebe
Assistant director
 
1942 Hab' mich lieb!
Assistant director
 
1941/1942 Zwischen Himmel und Erde
Assistant director
 

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