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Did You Know?
He was known for his trouble with the English language. During filming of The Charge of the Light Brigade
(1936), he wanted many riderless horses in the background during the final charge. His instructions were, "Bring on the empty horses," later the title of the autobiography of one of the stars of the film, David Niven
His adopted son, John Meredyth Lucas
, said he spoke 5 languages, all of them badly. His thick Hungarian accent often made it difficult for cast and crew to understand him when he spoke English. During the filming of Casablanca
(1942), for instance, he asked a set dresser for a "poodle", and when the dresser brought him a small poodle dog, Curtiz exploded at the man--he had meant that he wanted a ...