Curt Siodmak Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Died in Three 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 (1931 - 2 September 2000) (his death)

Trivia (5)

Brother of director Robert Siodmak
Nephew of producer Seymour Nebenzal.
Decided to emigrate from his native Germany to England after hearing an anti-Semitic tirade by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
Obtained a PhD in Mathematics before turning to writing novels.
Siodmak spent much time in the small central California mountain town of Three Rivers before moving there permanently in the 1970s, and where he lived until his death. Three Rivers is not far from the city of Visalia--clearly the inspiration for the name of the fictional town of Visaria, the setting for the Wolfman movies.

Personal Quotes (8)

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?
[on Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)] I had no money at the time, so I wrote "Curucu" . . . It was done in Brazil . . . I shot it down there, in the jungles. I never recovered, physically.
[on Donovan's Brain (1953), the second film version of his novel, and its producer, Tom Gries] Tom Gries . . . didn't like me. He had these advertisements made for the film saying, "Based on the famous book". Period. [He] wouldn't let me direct it because of a personal dislike. He was the meanest son of a bitch I had ever seen.
[on The Lady and the Monster (1944), the first film made from his novel, "Donovan's Brain"] It was a piece of shit.
[on Boris Karloff who demanded - and obtained - Bela Lugosi's role in Black Friday (1940) ] Karloff didn't want to play the dual role in Black Friday. He was afraid of it. There was too much acting in it. It was too intricate.

Salary (1)

Donovan's Brain (1953) $1,900 (film rights to his novel)

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