Alwin Neuss

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Alwin Neuss before 1930 on a photograph by Alexander Binder

Alwin Karl Heinrich Neuss , also Alwin Neuss (born June 17, 1879 in Cologne , † October 30, 1935 in Berlin ) was a German actor and film director .


The son of a state official made his stage debut in Cologne in 1895 at the Flora Summer Stage, which was followed by engagements in Bremen, Magdeburg, Innsbruck, Breslau and Dresden. From 1903 he belonged to the ensemble of the German Theater in Berlin, with whom he made guest tours to several European countries.

In a film about Sherlock Holmes , he got his first film role in 1908 with the Danish production company Nordisk . In German cinema he played the English master detective several times from 1910 onwards, and an adaptation of the novel Der Hund von Baskerville was particularly successful in 1914 . In the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde film adaptation by Max Mack with the title A Strange Case convinced Neuss in a double role.

From 1915 onwards, Neuss mostly directed, first with the film Ein Schrei in der Nacht . In addition to Holmes, he played the American detective Tom Shark or he played in other roles in contemporary feature films. In 1917 he received the Friedrich August Cross for Two Blue Boys . In the twenties he could no longer build on his great successes. In November 1920 he founded the production company Alneuco in Munich, but no films from this company have been recorded. After the takeover of the Nazis , he joined on 4 April 1933, the NSBO cell German-born film directors at, but could take as a director no longer walk.

Alwin Neuss was married to Anna Klara Warczok.


  • 1917: The man in the Havelock (also director)
  • 1917: The Fist of Fate (also director)
  • 1917: The Game of Death (also director)
  • 1917: The anniversary award
  • 1917: The power of Michael Argobast
  • 1917: Two blue boys (also director)
  • 1918: genius and love (also director)
  • 1918: dead alive
  • 1918: The volunteer (also director)
  • 1918: Sin
  • 1918: The Cowboy (also director)
  • 1918: The happiness of Mrs. Beate (also director)
  • 1918: Clown Charly (also director)
  • 1918: The Poacher (also director)
  • 1918: The Mother's Song (also director)
  • 1918: The mossy head
  • 1919: The death of the other
  • 1919: Vengeance is mine
  • 1919: Bettler GmbH
  • 1919: crime and love
  • 1920: For a woman's honor
  • 1922: The tsarina's diadem
  • 1924: By order of the Pompadour
  • 1924: wind force 9
  • 1926: The two and the lady
  • 1927: There is a linden tree at the Rüdesheimer Schloss
  • 1930: the old song
  • 1930: The dance into happiness

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Poster by Stephan Krotowski


  1. ^ Date of death according to IMDb , CineGraph - Lexikon zum deutschsprachigen Film und . Kay Less : The film's large dictionary of persons names the death date: October 29th.
  2. ^ Gerhard Lamprecht : German silent films 1915-1916 . Deutsche Kinemathek eV, Berlin 1969, p. 195 .
  3. ^ Ernst Klee : The culture lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 431.