Curt Siodmak

Screenwriter, Director, Novelist
German-born scenarist Curt Siodmak, who also directed several minor movies, distinguished himself writing scripts for imaginative horror pics, as well as visionary science fiction films. The young man from Dresden, with ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1902 in Germany

Filmography

Writer (28)

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(from screenplay) (Source Material)

Ritual 2005 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

Vengeance 1964 (Movie)

("Donovan's Brain") (Book as Source Material)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Love Slaves of the Amazon 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Creature With the Atom Brain 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Creature With the Atom Brain 1955 (Movie)

(From Story)

Donovan's Brain 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magnetic Monster 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Climax 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lady and the Monster 1944 (Movie)

("Donovan's Brain") (Source Material (from novel))

The Wolf Man 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Friday 1939 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Friday 1939 (Movie)

(From Story)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Berlin Express (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Bride of the Gorilla (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

False Faces (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Hauser's Memory (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Her Jungle Love (Movie)

(Screen Story)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

I Walked with a Zombie (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Invisible Agent (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Non-Stop New York (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Son of Dracula (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Tarzan's Magic Fountain (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Beast with Five Fingers (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Invisible Man Returns (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (3)

Love Slaves of the Amazon 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnetic Monster 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Bride of the Gorilla (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

Universal Horror (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Love Slaves of the Amazon 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

German-born scenarist Curt Siodmak, who also directed several minor movies, distinguished himself writing scripts for imaginative horror pics, as well as visionary science fiction films. The young man from Dresden, with a doctorate in mathematics, came to Berlin, found work as a reporter and, as an extra, became the only journalist with access to Fritz Lang's closed of "Metropolis" (1927). His story (expanded by friend Billy Wilder) was the inspiration for "People on Sunday" (1929), one of the last notable German silents. The film, directed by brother Robert (in association with Edgar Ulmer), became a landmark in the development of the docudrama, using a neo-realistic documentary technique, authentic locations and amateur actors to tell a simple story about a day in the life of two German couples. The hand-held camerawork of cinematographer Eugene Schuftan (assisted by Fred Zinnemann) prefigured both the Italian neorealism of the 1940s and the French New Wave of the 50s.

Relationships

Geoffrey Siodmak

Son

Henrietta Siodmak

Wife
Together since the 1920s married c. 1925

Robert Siodmak

Brother
Born in 1900 and died in 1973

EDUCATION

University of Zurich

Milestones

1969

An adaptation of his novel "Hauser's Memory" was aired on NBC

1965

Last feature, "Liebsspiele im Schnee/Ski Fever"

1961

Directed first 13 episodes (eight which he also scripted) of the syndicated series, "Number 13 Demon Street"; never aired in USA

1957

Produced "Love Slaves of the Amazon"; also wrote and directed

1953

Wrote and directed, "The Magnetic Monster"

1953

Second movie adaptation of "Donovan's Brain"

1951

Made directorial debut with "Bride of the Gorilla"; re-teamed with Lon Chaney Jr.

1943

First of film adaptations of "Donovan's Brain"

1942

Wrote story for "Son of Dracula"; directed by brother Robert

1941

<i>Black Mask</i> magazine accepted his seminal sci-fi novel, <i>Donovan's Brain</i> for serialization

1940

Breakthrough screenplay, "The Wolf Man," starring Lon Chaney Jr.

1939

Collaborated on the screenplay for Joe May's "The Invisible Man Returns"

1938

First US credit, penned the story for "Her Jungle Love"

1937

Gestapo confiscated all copies of his books in Germany

1937

Published Last novel in German, <i>Die Macht in Dunklen/The Power in the Dark</i>

1934

Brother Robert directed "The Depression Is Over," which is based on his novel

1933

Left Germany for England, before travelling to the USA in 1937

1929

Began film career as co-scripter (with Billy Wilder) of "People on Sunday"; co-directed by his brother Robert and Edgar Ulmer

1927

Hired as an extra on Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1992, the German government awarded Siodmak the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse, the German equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The screenwriter told The Los Angeles Times (Sept. 14, 1997): "They gave that to me because they couldn't catch and kill me back then [in the Nazi era]."

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On his Old South Fork Ranch in Three Rivers, CA: "Nothing's 100 percent perfect, but this here ... this is as close to 100 percent as you can possibly get. How often, I look over these beautiful California hills and think: Heil Hitler. If it wasn't for that son of a bitch, I wouldn't be sitting here." - Curt Siodmak quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 14, 1997

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Siodmak published many novels in Germany that were banned during the Nazi era.

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