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Michael Curtiz

Michael Curtiz


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Also Known As: Died: April 11, 1962
Born: December 24, 1888 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: Director ...


All his life Curtiz retained a strong Hungarian accent, and his creative mishandlings of the English language deserve to be as famous as those of Sam Goldwyn. He once stormed at a confused prop man: "Next time I send a damn fool, I go myself!" He expressed dissatisfaction with a child actor by remarking scathingly: "By the time I was your age, I was fifteen." --from "World Film Directors", Volume One 1890-1945, edited by John Wakeman (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1987)

"Bring on the empty horses!" --Curtiz on the set of "THe Charge of the Light Brigade". When co-stars Errol Flynn and David Niven broke out in laughter, Curtiz reportedly responded, "You people, you think I know fuck nothing; I tell you, I know fuck all!" Niven later titled one of memoirs "Bring on the Empty Horses"

"Don't talk to me when I'm interrupting." --a reported 'Curtizism'

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