Frederick Stephani

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Frederick Stephani
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Born Bonn, Germany
Died Los Angeles, California
Known for Filmmaking
Notable work Flash Gordon

Frederick Stephani (1903-1962)[1] was a screenwriter and film director. He is best known for co-writing and directing the 13-chapter science fiction serial Flash Gordon in 1936. The serial became Universal's second highest-grossing productions that year.[2] Despite its success, this was the first and only serial Stephani directed over the course of his career, possibly due to its shortcomings in special effects and overall production values, even by contemporary standards.[3] Stephani continued to write, produce and direct feature films and television episodes into the 1960s.

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  1. ^ Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony; Vitone, R.J. (2008). The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide. p. 13. ISBN 0786434708. 
  2. ^ Fischer, Dennis (2000). Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 15. ISBN 0-7864-0740-9. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Anthony (2009). Don't Dare Miss the Next Thrilling Chapter. p. 97. ISBN 193610718X. 

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