1902 - 2000
Curt Siodmak, whose brother was the famous director Robert Siodmak, studied mathematics, physics and engineer science since 1926 in Zurich. His first steps to a writer he did in the 20s with fantastic stories, among others „Die Eier von Tangayika“ (26) and „Helene droht zu platzen“ (29).
In 1928 he wrote scripts for movies for the first time; his idea for the script for „Menschen am Sonntag“ (29) constituted the first success for his brother Robert as a director.
It followed scripts to the movies "Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht" (31) and "Die unsichtbare Front" (32).
Curt Siodmak's science-fiction novel "F.P. 1 antwortet nicht" attracted great attention and was filmed in 1932 with Hans Albers and Sybille Schmitz. The movie was a great international success. This movie marks simultaneous Siodmak's last cooperation for a German movie before he had to escape to Switzerland in 1933 because of the Nazis. But in Switzerland he was chased away as an illegal immigrant and Curt Siodmak had to go to England via France. There he had his breakthrough with the draft for the movie "The Tunnel" (35).
In 1937 he went to the USA where he already had a good reputation because of his earlier novels. He was introduced to Universal by Joe May, also an emigrated German director, where Siodmak became to the best specialist for science-fiction and horror; especially with movies like „The Invisible Man Returns“ (39), „The Invisible Woman“ (40) and „The Wolf Man“ (41) he created unforgettable works.
He landed a worldwide success with his novel "Donovan's Brain" in 1942,
which was filmed four times till 1962. One year later he became an American
Other movies are „The Ape“ (40), „The Purple V“ (42), „I Walked with
a Zombie“ (43), „The Beast with Five Fingers“ (46) and „Das Feuerschiff“
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