Thea von Harbou

Thea von Harbou

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1888-12-19 · Deathday: 1954-07-01 (65 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Tauperlitz, Germany

46 Movies

Also Known As: Thea Gabriele von Harbou

Biography

Thea Gabriele von Harbou (27 December 1888 – 1 July 1954) was a German screenwriter, novelist, film director, and actress. She is remembered as the screenwriter of the science fiction film classic Metropolis (1927) and the story on which it was based. Harbou collaborated as a screenwriter with film director Fritz Lang, her husband, during the period of transition from silent to sound films.

Early Life

Thea von Harbou was born in Tauperlitz (now part of Döhlau), Bavaria, in 1888, into a family of minor nobility and government officials, which gave her a level of sophisticated comfort. As a child, she was educated in a convent by private tutors who taught her several languages as well as piano and violin. She was a child prodigy. Her first works, a short story published in a magazine and a volume of poems published privately, focused on perceptions of art, subjects considered unusual for a girl of thirteen. Despite her privileged childhood, Harbou wanted to earn a living on her own, which led her to become an actress despite her father's disapproval.

Movies & TV shows

1960.

1 Movie
Journey to the Lost City

Journey to the Lost City

1960
An exotic dancing girl of India stirs the passions of a traveling draftsman.

1959.

2 Movies
The Indian Tomb

The Indian Tomb

1959
Seetha and Harold Berger were brought to a small village after being rescued from the desert. The greedy owner of the house where they are lodged betrays the law of hospitality and reveals their locat...
The Tiger of Eschnapur

The Tiger of Eschnapur

1959
A German architect saves the life of the Maharajah's favorite temple dancer and becomes his friend, but their friendship is tested when the architect and the dancer fall in love, triggering the Mahara...

1951.

1 Movie
M

M

1951
Remake of the 1931 original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer ...

1948.

1 Movie
Fahrt ins Glück

Fahrt ins Glück

1948
Celia Lövengaart used to work at the theater and was able to lead a carefree life, but she is in financial difficulties. She goes to visit her daughter Susanne, who grows up with her grandparents. Sus...

1945.

1 Movie
Via Mala

Via Mala

1945
A deranged alcoholic who beats his wife and kids goes missing in a mountain village. Everyone in the village is happy to see him gone. It was made at the end of the Nazi era and not released until 194...

1941.

1 Movie
Annelie

Annelie

1941
Annelie was born at midnight, 15 minutes too late. The fate of the girl will be decided in 15 minutes.

1940.

1 Movie

1939.

3 Movies
The Stars of Variety Show

The Stars of Variety Show

1939
The closing performance of the month will be at Theatre Colosseum. Jack Carey, the well-known marksman, has been in love with the magician's wife, a beautiful dancer. He decided to do his show after t...
Menschen vom Varieté

Menschen vom Varieté

1939
In a cosmopolitan city theatre, meeting place of the most successful artists, the art shooter is suspected of committing a murder by his jealous partner. On an average produced and played, the mixture...

1938.

5 Movies
The Indian Tomb

The Indian Tomb

1938
German architect Peter Frbringer, his fiancée, and his assistant will have to fight for their lives amidst a revolt fueled by traitors after the events of Der Tiger von Eschnapur, in which Maharadscha...
The Tiger of Eschnapur

The Tiger of Eschnapur

1938
The Maharadscha vom Eschnapur hires a German architect to build a mausoleum.
Covered Tracks

Covered Tracks

1938
Séraphine and her mother visited the 1867 World Exhibition. In an overcrowded city, they have to be accommodated in separate hotels. During the night, the mother gets worse. Everyone denies meeting he...
Jugend

Jugend

1938
Germany, 1890: Having just gotten his high-school diploma, Hans leaves for Heidelberg to begin his university studies. But first, he wants to visit his uncle, Pastor Hoppe, in the small village of R...

1937.

2 Movies
The Broken Jug

The Broken Jug

1937
The judge is trying to figure out who broke the jug. The village judge is guilty when the evidence is conclusive.

1935.

4 Movies
Der alte und der junge König

Der alte und der junge König

1935
King Frederick the Great of Prussia was the name of the son of King Wilhelm.
I Was Jack Mortimer

I Was Jack Mortimer

1935
The jealous star conductor Montemayor knows that his beautiful younger wife, Winifred, is cheating on him with an American named Jack Mortimer. After the concert rehearsal, he takes a taxi to the trai...
Ein idealer Gatte

Ein idealer Gatte

1935
Sir Robert has a loving wife. Evidence of a past misdeed will be presented by Mrs Cheveley. Sir Robert is in need of some help. He knows the lady of old and takes the whole thing very seriously.

1934.

2 Movies

1933.

1 Movie
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

1933
After a detective is attacked and placed in an asylum run by Professor Baum, he observes the professor's preoccupation with another patient. Take the hypnotist out of the picture. When Mabuse's notes ...

1931.

1 Movie
M

M

3.67
1931
A massive Berlin police hunt focuses on Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children. Beckert's heinous crimes are so disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy und...

1929.

1 Movie
Woman in the Moon

Woman in the Moon

1929
A scientist discovers that there's gold on the moon, he builds a rocket to fly there, but there's too much rivalry among the crew to have a successful expedition.

1928.

1 Movie
Spies

Spies

1928
The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and an agent from the government's secret service.

1927.

1 Movie
Metropolis

Metropolis

6.13
1927
The son of the city's mastermind fell in love with a prophet who predicted the coming of a Savior in a futuristic city that was sharply divided between the working class and the planners.

1925.

1 Movie
The Chronicles of the Gray House

The Chronicles of the Gray House

1925
Despite opposition from both families, the son of a feudal German landowner falls in love with a beautiful daughter of a serfs. This is going too far when he proposes to her. The return of his brother...

1924.

4 Movies
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

1924
King Burgmund of Xanten traveled to Worms, capital of the Siegundian kingdom, to ask King Gunther for his sister's hand.
Michael

Michael

1924
A well-known artist is in love with a male model, but a young man is in love with a woman.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

1924
She wanted to kill the man who ruined her reputation when she married the king of the Huns.
The Finances of the Grand Duke

The Finances of the Grand Duke

1924
The Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. The main creditor wants to expropriate the entire Duchy because there is no money left to service the debt. A letter about the engagement has been stolen. ...

1923.

3 Movies
Die Prinzessin Suwarin

Die Prinzessin Suwarin

1923
German feature film
The Stone Rider

The Stone Rider

1923
In a distant Teutonic village, people dance and drink merrily celebrating a wedding feast. However, an elderly man tells the villagers that the valley where they live wasn't always happy but sorrowful...
Driven from Home

Driven from Home

1923
There is a film about a farm.

1922.

3 Movies
The Burning Soil

The Burning Soil

1922
The story of a struggle over a plot of land is told in the film.
Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

4.87
1922
Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are working on a scheme that will allow them to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him informat...
Phantom

Phantom

1922
Lorenz Lubota is a city clerk. He was run over by a woman driving a chariot on his way to work and he immediately fell in love with her.

1921.

4 Movies
Four Around the Woman

Four Around the Woman

1921
Harry Yquem buys jewelry for his wife in a place where fake and stolen goods are traded. He found a man with whom his wife had an affair in the past.
Destiny

Destiny

4.5
1921
As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is kidnapped by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. Death tells the woman three different stories.
The Indian Tomb, Part II: The Tiger of Bengal

The Indian Tomb, Part II: The Tiger of Bengal

1921
Rowland falls sick with leprosy while Mac Allan is captured by the Maharajah, who offers Irene a deal: one night with him in exchange for letting Rowland to be cured. She accepts, but tries to commit ...
The Indian Tomb, Part I: The Mission of the Yogi

The Indian Tomb, Part I: The Mission of the Yogi

1921
Ayan, Maharajah of Eschnapur, believes that his wife, Princess Savitri, has been unfaithful to him with officer Mac Allan. He decides to bury her alive, so he sends the Yogi Ramigani to England to loo...

1920.

2 Movies
Die Legende von der heiligen Simplicia

Die Legende von der heiligen Simplicia

1920
Simplicia has a reputation for healing through prayer and laying on of hands. Knight Rochus sets out "to see how long it takes to turn a saint into a sinner!" He sneaks into the monastery and forces S...
The Wandering Image

The Wandering Image

1920
A woman takes a train to escape from her lover, who is also the father of her daughter, but he sent her a telegram to make sure she wouldn't get rid of him. A chase leads into the mountains. There is ...
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