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|Born||22 July 1899|
New York City, U.S.
|Died||23 September 1961 (aged 62)|
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 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.
In October 1946 he paid $150,000 for the world rights to Madame Butterfly.
He died of a heart attack at his Munich home.
Associate producer of M (1951) was his son Harold Nebenzal (31 March 1922 in Berlin – 14 February 2019 in Los Angeles) who became a script writer (The Wilby Conspiracy), film producer (Cabaret, Gabriela) and novelist (Cafe Berlin). Harold 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; Wilder was Harold Nebenzal's closest friend for 30 years. Seymour had years earlier made possible Wilder's first film, People on Sunday, by borrowing the needed funds to make the picture from his father, Heinrich Nebenzahl, the first in the line of three Nebenzal motion picture producers.
- His Greatest Bluff (1927)
- The Prisoners of Shanghai (1927)
- Night of Mystery (1927)
- The Last Fort (1928)
- Love's Masquerade (1928)
- The Story of a Little Parisian (1928)
- Tragedy at the Royal Circus (1928)
- Scampolo (1928)
- Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)
- Perjury (1929)
- Diary of a Coquette (1929)
- Marriage in Trouble (1929)
- People on Sunday (1930)
- Westfront 1918 (1930)
- Scandalous Eva (1930)
- The Widow's Ball (1930)
- Kohlhiesel's Daughters (1930)
- Die 3-Groschen-Oper (1931)
- Ariane (1931)
- A Night at the Grand Hotel (1931)
- M (1931)
- Ariane (1931)
- 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman (1931)
- Kameradschaft (1931)
- L'Atlantide (1932) three versions: German, French, and English
- Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933)
- Le sexe faible (1933)
- Three Lucky Fools (1933)
- The Crisis is Over (1934)
- Parisian Life (1936)
- Mayerling (1936)
- White Cargo (1937)
- The Novel of Werther (1938)
- Princess Tarakanova (1938)
- Les ôtages (1939)
- We Who Are Young (1940)
- Hitler's Madman (1943)
- Summer Storm (1944)
- Whistle Stop (1945)
- The Chase (1946)
- Siren of Atlantis (1948)
- M (1951)
- Girl from Hong Kong (1961)
- Erika Wottrich (Ed.), M wie Nebenzahl. Nero - Filmproduktion zwischen Europa und Hollywood, Munich, edition text + kritik, 2002
- "Seymour Nebenzal". Film Portal. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
- McGilligan, Patrick (1997). Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 169.
- Seymour Nebenzal Dead at 63 Produced 'M' and Other Films New York Times 28 Sep 1961: 41.
- NEBENZAL, PLANS REMAKE OF FILM New York Times 13 Apr 1950: 34.
- Nebenzal, Film Producer, Pays $150,000 For World Rights to 'Madame Butterfly': Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 24 Oct 1946: 44.
- Hedda Hopper LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times 11 Apr 1947: 9.
- ETHEL BARRYMORE MAY DO NEW FILM New York Times 31 Oct 1947: 29.
- 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 Jan 1951: 23.
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