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15 June 2015

Ally Kolberg

Actress Ally Kolberg or Ally Kay had a brief career in the German silent cinema. During the late 1910s and early 1920s, she appeared in 16 German films and one Swedish production.

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne series, Berlin, no. 119/1. Photo: Becker & Maass.

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Rotophot in the Film Sterne series, Berlin, no. 119/5. Photo: Becker & Maass. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Bubi-comedies


Little is known about Ally Kolberg. During the First World War, she joined the German cinema and appeared in 17 films, often directed by female directors.

Her first film appearance was in the short comedy Einer für drei/One for Three (Hanna Henning, 1916) with Joseph Römer in his popular role as Bubi.

Next she appeared in another episode of the Bubi-series, Bubi ist eifersüchtig/Bubi is jealous (Hanna Henning, 1916).

This was followed up with roles in short films like Mutter/Mother (Hanna Henning, 1917) with Olga Engl, Arme kleine Helga/Poor little Helga (Hanna Henning, 1918) opposite Kurt Vespermann, Und hätte der Liebe nicht/And have not charity (Gertrud Scholz, 1918) with Johannes Riemann, and another Bubi-comedy, Weil ich dich liebe/Because I love you (Hanna Hening, 1918).

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 253, 1919-1924. Photo: Ernst Schneider.

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K. 2954. Photo: Ernst Schneider.

Fröken Ally?


In 1920, Ally Kolberg played in Die Augen der Maske/The eyes of the mask (Karl Gerhardt, 1920) opposite Lil Dagover, the Austrian-German production Das vierte Gebot/The Fourth Commandment (Richard Oswald, 1920), and Das Zeichen des Malayen/The Mark of the Malays (Carl Heinz Boese, 1920).

She was also credited as Ally Kay in films. Her later film roles were in Wem nie durch Liebe Leid geschah/Who never came through heartache (Heinz Schall, 1922) with Margit Barnay, and Die Spitzen der Gesellschaft/The leaders of society (Paul Heidemann, 1923).

In the Swedish production Fröken Fob/Miss Fob (Elis Ellis, 1923), she was credited as Ally Kay-Bing. The film, starring Renée Björling, was shot in Berlin studios, rented for this production

Was Ally Kolberg married now and did she retire from the film business to take care of her family? Possibly in Sweden?

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 251. Photo: Ernst Schneider.

Ally Kolberg
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 255. Photo: Ernst Schneider.

Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Filmportal.de and IMDb.

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