Austrian-born filmmaker and producer Paul Stein entered the film industry as an 18-year-old screenwriter in the U.S. after receiving his education in Vienna and Berlin. While staying in New York, Stein also worked as a stage manager on Broadway. Upon his return to Europe, he began working as a theatrical actor in Vienna, and in Austrian and German films. He then founded his own production company and directed two films before going to work with UFA as a director in 1920. There he made several German films until 1926 when he went to Hollywood to make household dramas and comedies, notable because they frequently espoused a feminine viewpoint. He moved to England in the early '30s where he primarily directed romantic films.