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Curt Siodmak

Picture Curt Siodmak

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 citizen.
Since 1951 Siodmak also directed movies sporadically.

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“ (62).

Other movies from Curt Siodmak:
Mascottchen (29) Flucht in die Fremdenlegion (29) Der Schuss im Tonfilmatelier (30) Der Kampf mit dem Drachen doer: Die Tragödie des Untermieters (30) Der Ball (31) Girls Will Be Boys (34) La crise est finie (34) It's a Bet (35) Non-Stop New York (37) Her Jungle Love (38) Black Friday (40) Aloma of the South Seas (41) Pacific Blackout (41) Invisible Agent (42) London Blackout Murders (43) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (43) Mantrap (43) False Faces (43) Son of Dracula (43) The Climax (44) House of Frankenstein (44) Frisco Sal (45) Shady Lady (45) The Return of Monte Cristo (46) Berlin Express (48) Serie "Studio One" (48) Tarzan's Magic Fountain (49) Bride of the Gorilla (51) The Magnetic Monster (53) Riders to the Stars (54) Creature with the Atom Brain (55) Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (56) Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (56) Love Slaves of the Amazon (57) Devil's Messenger (61) Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes (62) The Wolfman (66) Doom of Dracula (66) Ski Fever - Liebesspiel im Schnee (69)

Menschen am Sonntag (30) Bride of the Gorilla (51) The Magnetic Monster (53) Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (56) Love Slaves of the Amazon (57) Tales of Frankenstein (58) Serie "13 Demon Street" (59) Ski Fever - Liebesspiel im Schnee" (69)

Love Slaves of the Amazon (57)