Michael Curtiz

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Michael Curtiz

Hungarian-American film directoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1886.

Countries: United States (48%), Hungary (19%), Austria (6%)

Main connections: Eddie Hodges, Miklos Horthy, Torben Meyer

Linked to: Mystery of the Wax Museum, American Film Institute, Jews, Paramount Pictures




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He claimed to have been born December 24, 1886. add something


He studied at Markoszy University and the Royal Academy of Theater and Art, Budapest , before beginning his career as an actor and director as Mihaly Kertesz at the National Hungarian Theater in 1912. add something


On the outbreak of World War I, he briefly served in the artillery of the Austro-Hungarian Army, but he had returned to film-making by 1915. add something


Lucy Doraine - She was married to movie director Michael Curtiz from 1918 to 1923


Curtiz left Hungary when the film industry was nationalised in 1919, during the brief Hungarian Soviet Republic, and soon settled in Vienna . add something


Walter Slezak - He was talked into taking his first role, in the 1922 Austrian film "Sodom und Gomorrah", by his friend and the film's director, Michael Curtiz


Paul Fejos - Just as other prominent Hungarian filmmakers like Michael Curtiz and Alexander Korda had done, Fejos left Hungary in 1923 to escape the White Terror and the Horthy regime


Curtiz's second marriage, to another actress, Lili Damita, lasted from 1925 to 1926. add something


Curtiz arrived in the United States in 1926. add something


The latter, released in the US as Moon of Israel, caught the attention of Jack Warner, who hired Curtiz for his own studio with the intention of having him direct a similar film for Warner Brothers -- Noah's Ark, which was eventually produced in 1928. add something


Wallis' wife, the actress Louise Fazenda, and Curtiz's third wife, Bess Meredyth, an actress and screenwriter, had been close since before Curtiz's marriage to Meredyth in 1929. add something


Torben Meyer - In 1930, Meyer received a small part in a Michael Curtiz film "A Soldier's Plaything", and in 1932, Meyer appeared in two Swedish language American films, "Trådlöst och kärleksfullt" and "Halvvägs till Himlen"


Captain Blood (1935 film) - "'Captain Blood"' is a 1935 American swashbuckling film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Ross Alexander


By the early 1940s Curtiz had become fairly wealthy, earning $3,600 per week and owning a substantial estate, complete with polo pitch. add something


Joe Louis - In 1943, Louis made an appearance in the wartime Hollywood musical "This Is the Army", directed by Michael Curtiz


Irving Berlin - The play was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1943, directed by Michael Curtiz, co-starring Joan Leslie and Ronald Reagan, who was an army lieutenant


Bix Beiderbecke - In 1950, Michael Curtiz directed the film "Young Man with a Horn", starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day


After his relationship with Warners broke down, Curtiz continued to direct on a freelance basis from 1954 onwards. add something


Will Rogers, Jr. - " Rogers starred as "Tom Brewster" in "The Boy from Oklahoma", a 1954 Western movie directed by Michael Curtiz, the basis for the 1957 television series "Sugarfoot", but the studio cast Will Hutchins in Rogers' part for the TV version


Eddie Hodges - He is probably best remembered for the title role in Michael Curtiz's 1960 film "'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", which is considered one of the best of the many attempts to film Mark Twain's classic


Archie Moore - In 1960, Moore was chosen to play the role of the runaway slave Jim in Michael Curtiz's film adaptation of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", opposite Eddie Hodges as Huck


Curtiz was frequently unfaithful, and had numerous sexual relationships with extras on set; Meredyth once left him for a short time, but they remained married until 1961, shortly before Curtiz's death. add something


His final film, The Comancheros, was released less than a year before his death from cancer on April 10, 1962. add something


His final film, "The Comancheros", was released six months before his death from cancer on April 10, 1962 add something


"Authorship and Film", Psychology Press When the early 1930s had Warners struggling to compete with studio giants like MGM, which was releasing blockbuster costumed hits like "Queen Christina" , with Greta Garbo, "Treasure Island" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" , they decided to take a chance and produce their own costumed drama add something


Miskolc International Film Festival - In 2012, Michael Curtiz , the Oscar winner Budapest born director of Casablanca will be placed in the focus


Recent research by Alan K. Rode in his 2017 biography of Curtiz states that while a number of modern sources aver that they were married for a year or so before Curtiz left for Hollywood, there is no evidence of such a marriage add something