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Seymour Nebenzal

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Seymour Nebenzal
Born(1899-07-22)22 July 1899
Died23 September 1961(1961-09-23) (aged 62)
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1927–1961

Seymour Nebenzal (22 July 1899 – 23 September 1961) was an American-born Jewish-German film producer.[1][2] He produced 46 films between 1927 and 1961.

Biography

Germany

He got into film production through his father Heinrich Nebenzahl (1870–1938), who, in the early 1920s, worked with German action star Harry Piel.[citation needed]

In 1926, Heinrich Nebenzahl and director-producer Richard Oswald founded the company Nero-Film. As head of this company Seymour Nebenzal became one of the most important producers of the transition period from silent to sound film in Germany. He worked with the directors Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Arthur Ripley, Douglas Sirk, Harold S. Bucquet, Edgar G. Ulmer, Léonide Moguy, Paul Czinner and Fritz Lang among others. In 1933, he was forced into exile, fleeing the Nazis.[3]

France

In Paris he produced films by other exiles from Germany such as his cousin Robert Siodmak and Max Ophüls as well as Anatole Litvak, Fedor Ozep, and Raymond Bernard.

Hollywood

In 1939, he went on to Hollywood where he became one of the first independent producers. He made films with Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk, Léonide Moguy, Arthur Ripley, and Albert S. Rogell. He produced remakes of his successes from the early 1930s: Siren of Atlantis with Maria Montez and M (1951), that was directed by Joseph Losey.[4]

In October 1946, he paid $150,000 for the world rights to Madame Butterfly.[5] He signed Jean-Pierre Aumont to a three-film contract following Atlantis.[6] He had screen rights to Look Homeward, Angel but the film was not made.[7] Maria Montez successfully sued Seymour for unpaid salary for Atlantis.[8]

Seymour Nebenzal died of a heart attack at his Munich home.[3]

Harold Nebenzal (born 31 March 1922, Berlin – died 14 February 2019 in Los Angeles), associate producer of M (1951), was his son. Harold became a script writer (The Wilby Conspiracy), film producer (Cabaret, Gabriela) and novelist (Cafe Berlin). Harold, husband of actress Rita Corday, was in charge of foreign film production for many years for MGM, and also worked on many of the films of Billy Wilder including Fedora. Seymour Nebenzal had, many years earlier, made possible Wilder's first film, People on Sunday, by borrowing the needed funds to make the picture from his own father, Heinrich Nebenzahl, the first Nebenzal film producer.

Selected filmography

Further reading

  • Erika Wottrich (Ed.), M wie Nebenzahl. Nero - Filmproduktion zwischen Europa und Hollywood, Munich, edition text + kritik, 2002

References

  1. ^ "Seymour Nebenzal". Film Portal. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1997). Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 169.
  3. ^ a b "Seymour Nebenzal Dead at 63, Produced 'M' and Other Films", New York Times, 28 September 1961: 41.
  4. ^ NEBENZAL, PLANS REMAKE OF FILM New York Times 13 Apr 1950: 34.
  5. ^ Nebenzal, Film Producer, Pays $150,000 For World Rights to 'Madame Butterfly': Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 24 October 1946: 44.
  6. ^ Hedda Hopper LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times 11 Apr 1947: 9.
  7. ^ "ETHEL BARRYMORE MAY DO NEW FILM", New York Times 31 October 1947: 29.
  8. ^ "MONTEZ WINS SUIT FOR UNPAID SALARY: $38,000 Judgment Is Awarded to Actress by Coast Court-- Nebenzal Is Defendant" By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 3 January 1951: 23.

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