Robert Siodmak

Robert Siodmak

Highest Rated: 100% The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Lowest Rated: 25% Custer of the West (1967)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1900

Birthplace: Not Available

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, where his German banker father and his wife were travelling, Robert Siodmak -- the older brother of Curt Siodmak -- was raised and educated in Germany and became an actor after graduating from the University of Marburg. His lack of success on stage forced him into business, but in 1926 he entered the movie business as a translator of inter-titles on American films. Siodmak became an editor in 1926 and three years later, on Menshen am Sontag (People on Sunday), he made his directorial debut in asociation with Edgar G. Ulmer, with future director Fred Zinnemann as the co-cinematographer, and Curt Siodmak and Billy Wilder as screenwriters. He was established as a director in Germany, but the rise of the Nazi Party forced him into exile in Paris, where he continued making movies. He barely made it out of France ahead of the German occupation in 1940.After arriving in Hollywood, Siodmak was put to work in B-movies such as West Point Widow. In 1943, he directed Son of Dracula, the best of the later Universal horror films, and its success moved him up to better pictures -- the results were immediately evident in dark drama like Phantom Lady, Uncle Harry, The Spiral Staircase (usually considered Siodmak's best film), and The Killers, a landmark example of film noir, which played a key role in the early careers of both Burt Lancaster (who was later directed by Siodmak in several more pictures) and Ava Gardner, and moved Siodmak solidly into A-features. Siodmak also directed the strange psychological chiller The Dark Mirror, about identical twins (played by Olivia de Havilland), one of whom is a psychopathic murderer, which today is a very highly regarded film noir. Siodmak's American films are, in the observation of Andrew Sarris, even more Germanic than his German films and filled with dark, atmospheric touches. All possess a seriously unsettling quality on repeated viewing. Ironically, his last American movie, The Crimson Pirate, starring Lancaster, was a costume satire with element of slapstick, and it worked as well as his thrillers did. Siodmak left America after 1953 to resume his career in Europe, returning first to France and then to Germany. Among the relative handful of his later pictures to get wide exposure in the United States were Escape From East Berlin and Custer of the West, the latter starring Robert Shaw as the late U.S. Cavalry colonel -- it had interesting moments, especially the action scenes, but as a joint U.S./Spanish co-production, lacked the cohesion needed for a good historical western.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Stürme der Leidenschaft Director 2014
No Score Yet Brennendes Geheimnis (The Burning Secret) Director 2014
No Score Yet Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes (Pyramid of the Sun God) Director 2013
No Score Yet La Crise Est Finie Director 2013
No Score Yet Der Schatz der Azteken (Mercenaries of the Rio Grande) Director 2013
No Score Yet Der Schut (Yellow Devil) Director 2013
No Score Yet Voruntersuchung Director 2013
No Score Yet Quick Director 2012
No Score Yet Fly by Night Director 1993
25% Custer of the West Director 1967
No Score Yet Escape from East Berlin (Tunnel 28) Director 1962
No Score Yet Mein Schulfreund (My School Chum) Director 1960
No Score Yet Rough and the Smooth Director 1959
83% The Devil Strikes at Night (Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam) Producer Director 1957
No Score Yet The Rats (Die Ratten) Director 1955
100% The Crimson Pirate Director 1952
No Score Yet The Whistle At Eaton Falls Director 1951
No Score Yet Deported Director 1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner Director 1949
100% Criss Cross Director 1949
No Score Yet The File on Thelma Jordon Director 1949
92% Cry of the City Director 1948
No Score Yet Time Out Of Mind Producer Director 1947
71% The Dark Mirror Director 1946
100% The Killers Director 1946
86% The Spiral Staircase Director 1946
80% The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?) Director 1945
No Score Yet The Suspect Director 1944
75% Christmas Holiday Director 1944
100% Cobra Woman Director 1944
100% Phantom Lady Director 1944
60% Son of Dracula Director 1943
No Score Yet My Heart Belongs to Daddy Director 1942
No Score Yet Personal Column (Pièges) Director 1939
No Score Yet La vie parisienne (The Parisian Life) Director 1935
No Score Yet Quick Director 1932
No Score Yet Der Mann, Der Seinen Mörder Sucht Director 1931
No Score Yet Tumultes Director 1931
100% Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) Director 1930
No Score Yet Abschied Director 1930
No Score Yet Le sexe faible (Weaker Sex) Director
No Score Yet Dorothea Angermann Director
No Score Yet West Point Widow Director
No Score Yet The Night Before The Divorce Director
No Score Yet L'affaire Nina B. (The Nina B. Affair) Director
No Score Yet Frères Corses Director
No Score Yet Mein Vater, der Schauspieler Director
No Score Yet Mollenard (Hatred) Director
No Score Yet Someone To Remember Director


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