Kurt Neumann (5 April 1908, Nuremberg, Germany - 21 August 1958, Los Angeles) was a German Hollywood film director who specialized in science fiction movies in his later career. Neumann came to the U.S. in the early talkie era, hired to direct German language versions of Hollywood films.
Once he mastered English and established himself as technically proficient in filmmaking, Neumann directed such low-budget programmers as The Big Cage (1932), Secret of the Blue Room (1933) with Paul Lukas and Gloria Stuart, Hold 'Em Navy (1936), It Happened in New Orleans (1936) with child star Bobby Breen, Wide Open Faces (1937) with Joe E. Brown, Island of Lost Men and Ellery Queen: Master Detective in 1939.
Neumann was signed by producer Hal Roach in 1941 to direct a series of "streamliners", 45-minute features designed to fill out short double bills. Among these 4-reel comedies were About Face (1942), Brooklyn Orchid (1942), Taxi, Mister? (1943) and Yanks Ahoy (1943). Two Knights from Brooklyn (1949) is actually compiled from two of those streamliners, "The McGuerins from Brooklyn" and "Taxi, Mister"
In 1945, he joined the company of producer Sol Lesser, who engaged Neumann as coproducer and