Date of Birth:
24 December 1886
Michael Curtiz created 23 movies in the Horror, Thriller, Music, Mystery, Action, Adventure, Romance, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Western, Biography, History, War, Musical, Comedy, Music genres.
Michael Curtiz got succeed with average imdb rating 7.1.
Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA., in the Whispering Pines section.
Brother of assistant director David Curtiz.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 172-181. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Could be intensely absorbed, to the point of distraction. Once was hurt falling out of a moving car because he wanted to write down an idea. He was driving at the time.
His stepson, John Meredyth Lucas said he spoke 5 languages, all of them badly. His thick Hungarian accent often made it difficult for cast and crew members to understand his English. During the filming of Casablanca (1942), for instance, he asked a set dresser for a "poodle" and later it was discovered that, in fact, he wanted a "poodle" of water! On the set of The Cabin in the Cotton (1932), Curtiz made a speech on how he wanted the actors to act like "woodpeckers" when the script described them as "peckerwoods".
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