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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 August 1902Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Date of Death 2 September 2000Three Rivers, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameKurt Siodmak

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1902, Curt Siodmak worked as an engineer and a newspaper reporter before entering the literary and movie fields. It was as a reporter that he got his first break (of sorts) in films: in 1926 he and his reporter-wife hired on as extras on Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) in order to get a story on the director and his film. One of Siodmak's first film-writing assignments was the screenplay for the German sci-fi picture F.P.1 Doesn't Answer (1932) (US title: "Floating Platform 1 Does Not Answer"), based on his own novel. Compelled to leave Germany after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis took power, Siodmak went to work as a screenwriter in England and then moved to Hollywood in 1937. He got a job at Universal through his director-friend Joe May, helping write the script for May's The Invisible Man Returns (1940). Because the film went over well, Siodmak says, he fell into the horror/science-fiction "groove."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Henrietta Siodmak (1925 - 2 September 2000) (his death)

Trivia (5)

Brother of director Robert Siodmak
Nephew of produced Seymour Nebenzal
Decided to immigrant to England after hearing an anti-semitic tirade by Geobbels in his native Germany.
Got and Ph.D. in Mathematics before turning to writing novels.
Three Rivers, California where Siodmak lived from the 1970s until his death, is near the small city of Visalia; this name is clearly the inspiration for the name of the fictional town Visaria, the setting for the Wolfman movies.

Personal Quotes (4)

Every night I say "Heil Hitler", because, without the son of a bitch [Adolf Hitler], I wouldn't be in Three Rivers, California, I'd still be in Berlin.
[about The Wolf Man (1941), one of Universal Pictures' biggest hits of 1941, which he wrote] After "The Wolf Man" made its first million, [producer-director] George Waggner got a diamond ring for his wife and [executive producer] Jack Gross got a $10,000 bonus. I wanted $25 more a week and [Universal] wouldn't give it to me.
[about Peter Lorre, with whom he worked on The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)] He was really a sadistic son of a bitch--liked to look at operations. He really was the type, a very weird character.
My pictures run on television and I don't get a penny out of it. But the guys are all dead, and I'm still alive, so who's winning?

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