Carl Dreher

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Carl Dreher (born February 16, 1896 in Vienna , Austria-Hungary ; † July 13, 1976 in New York ) was an Austro-American sound engineer and specialist author . He was nominated twice for an Oscar for his work .

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Carl Dreher came to the United States with his parents as a child . In 1917 he graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree . Until 1923 he worked as an operator at Marconi and Radio Corporation of America (RCA). He then was employed as Broadcast Chief Engineer at RCA Photophone.

Dreher switched from the telecommunications industry in New York to the film industry in Hollywood at the beginning of the sound film age in 1929 when he was recruited by Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO). As the head of the sound department and as a supervisor, he was responsible for the introduction and monitoring of the sound technology in film production. In this capacity he was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Sound in 1935 for The Gay Divorcee (Dance with me!) And in 1936 for I Dream Too Much .

Dreher rose to the top management of RKO and, as an innovative and experienced sound engineer, was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1936 .

In 1937 Dreher moved to the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). He also wrote articles for magazines such as Scribner’s , The American Mercury , Yale Review and Harper's Magazine .

During World War II Dreher served in the Army Air Corps as a director and producer of training films. He then did not return to Hollywood, but worked as a science reporter for American magazines. In 1957 he published the non-fiction book Automation. From 1961 to 1975, shortly before his death, he worked as a consultant, editor of editorials and as a critical author of The Nation magazine.



  • Rudolf Ulrich: Austrians in Hollywood. Filmarchiv Austria Verlag, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-901932-29-1 , p. 106.

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