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Michael CurtizA Life in Film$
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Alan K. Rode

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173917

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.001.0001

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A Family Business

A Family Business

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(p.64) 9 A Family Business
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Michael Curtiz
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Alan K. Rode

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0009

Harry Warner interviewed Kertész in early 1926 while searching for talent to support his growing film company. He and his younger brother Jack—the studio’s production chief—got hold of a print of The Moon of Israel and became determined to hire Kertész. An overview summation of the Warner family business and interpersonal dynamics follows; Kertész eventually signed what was a one-sided contract, typical of the era, which favored Warner Bros. Although confident to the point of arrogance of his ability to succeed in America, Kertész wrapped up his final Sascha film, The Golden Butterfly, and bidgood-bye to his family in Budapest.He could not take his daughter Kitty with him to America, as she was bound to Lucy Doraine until her twelfth birthday.At the instigation of the brothers Warner, Kertész changed his surname to Curtiz. He discussed the making of a biblical epic in Hollywood with Harry Warner. Count Kolowrat would die of pancreatic cancer in 1927.

Keywords:   Warner Bros, Harry Warner, Jack Warner, Sam Warner, The Golden Butterfly, Count Kolowrat

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