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Mabel May-Yong

Mabel May-Yong
Foto: Alexander Binder (1888-1929)

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There are no assured facts about the private person of the actress Mabel May-Yong. Even her year of birth or year of death are documented although there are information in the internet which state 1883 - 1945. It is also not documented if Mabel May Young was baroness Alice Mabel von Schenck zu Schweinsberg, the source cites a newspaper article in the New York Times from October 28, 1914 when Mabel May Yong appeared on stage in New York.
Other statements say that she was born as Alice Scharrer in Magdeburg in 1884.

The actress Mabel May-Yong began her career as a belly dancer with provocative costumes which reminded to the legendary Mata-Hari.
In order to create a more exotic name for her activity she changes her name to Mabel May Yong. Sometimes she is also credited as Mabel de Jong which is probably one other possibility of her real name.
Because of her popularity the film business became aware of the graceful dancer and she made her screen debut with "Allan Quatermain" (19) - a South Africa production. It was the first filming of the famous novel "King Solomon's Mines" written by Horace Lisle Lucoque.
In the same year followed her first German production "Der Diplomatensäugling" (19).
She already managed the breakthrough in the German film business in 1920 and she impersonated numerous roles in movies with promising titles. 
To these movies belong "Indische Rache" (20) with Georg Alexander, Ernst Dernburg, Harry Liedtke and Edith Meller, "Kriminalpolizei, Abteilung Mord" (20) with Robert Leffler, "Dämon der Welt, 3. Teil: Das goldene Gift" (20) with Georg John and Charles Willy Kayser, "Das schwarze Boot" (20) with Ludwig Trautmann and Erich Bartels and "Der langsame Tod" (20) with Ressel Orla, Lucie Höflich, Eduard von Winterstein and Albert Paulig.
In the next few years she acted successfully in front of the camera and she often impersonated exotic roles and women.
To the movies of those years belong "Das Haus der Qualen" (21) with Ressel Orla, Fritz Kortner and Rudolf Klein-Rhoden, "Die goldene Mauer" (21) with Ludwig Trautmann, "Der Flug in den Tod" (21) with Ernst Dernburg and Josefine Dora, "Was der Totenkopf erzählt" (21) with Fritz Kampers, Bruno Eichgrün and Maria Zelenka, "Das Abenteuer des Dr. Kircheisen" (21) with Hans Marr, Lotte Neumann and Hermann Thimig, "Millionenschieber" (22) with Sacha Gura, Harry Hardt and Hans-Adalbert Schlettow and "Schuld und Sühne" (22) with Rudolf Biebrach, Theodor Loos and Leopold von Ledebur.
Afterwards her fame faded fast and she only appeared in few more movies like "Das Kabinett des Dr. Segato" (23) with Friedrich Berger, Wilhelm Diegelmann, Bruno Eichgrün and Theodor Loos and "Entsiegelte Lippen" (25) with Wilhelm Diegelmann, Bruno Eichgrün, Fritz Kampers and Maria Zelenka.

Other movies with Mabel May-Yong:
Tamburin und Castagnetten (20) Manus immaculata – Die unbefleckte Hand (20) Der indische Todesring oder Sieben Worte (20) Eine gefährliche Fahrt (20) Fasching (21) Erzgauner (21) Frauen, die die Ehe brechen (22) Die Flibustier (22) Der Fund in der Eilenriede oder Liebesrausch und Opfermut (22)