Sam Katzman

Producer, Prop boy
An old-style Hollywood producer in the mid 20th century, Sam Katzman was a master of budget, helping to create and distribute a big portfolio of low-cost films that often made high returns for his employers. Born poor ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1901 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (29)

The Loners 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

For Singles Only 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fastest Guitar Alive 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Young Runaways 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Riot on Sunset Strip 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harum Scarum 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kissin' Cousins 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

When the Boys Meet the Girls 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Yourself a College Girl 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Your Cheatin' Heart 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Enemy General 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wizard of Baghdad 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twist Around the Clock 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crash Landing 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Juke Box Rhythm 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Blitzkrieg 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The World Was His Jury 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers 1956 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rock Around the Clock 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Giant Claw 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Werewolf 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Don't Knock the Rock 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jungle Moon Men 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Iron Glove 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle of Rogue River 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charge of the Lancers 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 49th Man 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hurricane Island 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mysterious Island 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An old-style Hollywood producer in the mid 20th century, Sam Katzman was a master of budget, helping to create and distribute a big portfolio of low-cost films that often made high returns for his employers. Born poor in New York City, he went to work at the age of 13 on local film sets. When Fox, his first company, let him go, Katzman became an independent producer while still in his early 30s. Within several years, he had gained enough of a reputation to be lured by other studios. He worked for low-budget production houses Victory Pictures and Puritan Pictures, making numerous films on the cheap, such as the 1938 horse opera "Lightning Carson Rides Again". He then graduated to that era's King of Cheapies, Monogram Pictures, and had a long and mutually fruitful working relationship with them. It was during this time that he helped form the East Side Kids, a comedy troupe that cranked out a host of low-cost comedies in a long series. His effectiveness as a budget-scraper came at a price, however; he developed a strong reputation as a "schlock" producer, to the point where Columbia president Harry Cohn would break an actor's contract by presenting him with the script to a Katzman movie. Despite that, the producer had a long and successful career, and over 250 titles have his name in the credits.

Relationships

Jerry Katzman

Son

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