Michael Curtiz: a life in film!

19 Nov

— David DeWitt


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    November 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Fantastic, David. Can’t wait to see what is written about his pre-Hollywood days especially, including about his alleged connections with Lili D. – or was it Lili C.?


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  2. shangheinz

    November 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm


    The definitive bio on the works, roots & fruits of Hungarian bombshrapnel Mihaly Kertesz is headed your way in 2018/19. It is written by Mrs. Ilona Ryder, the granddaughter of the Casablanca director and based on the family letters he sent from Hollywood.

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    • Gentleman Tim

      November 26, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Flynntastisch, mihalyheinz!

      Quoting you quoting Kitty K:

      “[MC’s] preference for easy and laid back types led to the engagement of Errol Flynn, who only has little acting experience from the London stage. He has led an adventurous life as pearl diver, gold digger and sailor, then as a boxing professional. He originally came to Hollywood to set up a gym there! Then he got aquainted to Lily Damita, who is Mrs . Flynn since 6 months, and through her he met my father. After a small deliberation the role, who had already been given to Robert Donat, went to Flynn.”

      “The success of “Captain Blood” in America, England and Paris, shows that once again the field commander has made the right decision.”

      “Katharina Kertesz”


      Here is apparently one of the happier days between
      Captains Blood and Curtiz:…

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