Reinhold Schuenzel was born in 1888 in Hamburg and died in 1954 in Munich. Initially a stage actor, he had his first film role in Carl Froehlich's Werner Krafft (1916). In 1918, he directed his first film, Maria Magdalene, followed in 1920 by Das Maedchen aus der Ackerstrasse and Katharina die Grosse. In 1937 under increasing politcal tension, he left Germany for Hollywood to take up an offer with MGM. A selection of his other films includes: Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938), Balalaika (1939), The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939), and New Wine (1941).