Max Neal
Maximilian Dalhoff Neal was a German playwright, born to the artist David Dalhoff Neal
David Dalhoff Neal
David Dalhoff Neal , was an American artist.-Early years:David Dalhoff Neal was born to father Stephen Bryant Neal and mother Mary Neal, on Middlesex Street, in Lowell, Massachusetts...

 and Marie Ainmiller, and later brother to composer Heinrich Neal
Heinrich Neal
Heinrich Neal was a German Capellmeister at Heidelberg, born to the artist David Dalhoff Neal and Marie Ainmiller, and brother to dramatist Maximilian Dalhoff Neal...

. His grandfather was the great glass painter Max Emanuel Ainmiller
Max Emanuel Ainmiller
Maximilian Emanuel Ainmiller was a German artist and glass painter.Under the tutorage of Friedrich von Gärtner, director of the royal Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Ainmiller studied glass painting, both as a mechanical process and as an art, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich...


Max Neal's first trip to the U.S. was in 1904, to have his play "The Collie and the Cat", performed at the famous German Theatre, Irving Place Theatre in New York City
New York City
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. When the play was advertised in The New York Times
The New York Times
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, Max Neals's father David, had written to the editor of The New York Times on December 6, 1904 for clarification, and published as "to the Editor of the New York Times": "In receipt of a clipping from your valuable paper, in which it is stated that 'Max Neal... is said to be an American from Hoboken,' allow me to say in correction that my son, Max Neal, though coming from pure New England stock, was born in Munich, and has never been in America."

Neal teamed up with friend Max Ferner
Max Ferner
Max Ferner was a German playwright, born Maximilian Sommer on April 18, 1881. He died in Munich at the age of 59 at the onset of World War II on October 9, 1940....

 to write the libretto
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 for two operetta
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s for Austrian
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 Composer Karl Michael Ziehrer
Karl Michael Ziehrer
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 which were performed in September of 1913 and then again in February of 1916.

Neal's first silver screen
Silver screen
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 movie was a silent, black & white film called Das Geheimnis der grünen Villa that debuted in 1922, of which he was the sole writer, and was directed by Philipp Lother Mayring.

According to a June 24, 1922 article in The New York Times titled "Woods Back with 40 Foreign Plays", producers Albert H. Woods
Albert H. Woods
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 and Charles B. Dillingham
Charles B. Dillingham
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 traveled to Europe to collect plays to re-produce in the States, of which Parquette No. 6 by Max Neal and Hans Gerbeck were one. Woods also described Germany as "... the livest country in the world theatically at the present time, France is busy and England is the deadest."

Just as his father had died at the onset of World War I
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, Max Neal died, also in Munich, Germany, and also at the age of 76 in the onset of World War II
World War II
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on January 1, 1941, less than two months after his friend Max Ferner (59) had died.


Max wrote and cowrote with Max Ferner a series of plays, many of which were converted to movies later, such as:
  • Das Geheimnis der grünen Villa (1922)
  • Trötte Teodor (1931), (1945)
  • Service de nuit (1932)
  • Der müde Theodor (1936), (1957), (1959 TV), (1965 TV), (1979), (1995)
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