SIMPP Member (1946-1958)
Nebenzal (formerly Nebenzahl) with famed director Fritz Lang (right).
A cosmopolitan producer who joined SIMPP toward the end of the war, Seymour
Nebenzal, was actually a Jewish native of New York, but entered films in Berlin
and was commonly thought of as a European. He founded Nero-Film in the
mid-1920s, and produced the classic thriller from Fritz Lang, M (1931).
Facing Nazi censorship, Nebenzal fled Germany, crossing the boarder with his
automobile full of film negative. He changed the true spelling of his name from
"Nebenzahl," and came to Hollywood in 1939 where he produced Summer
Storm (1944), Whistle Stop (1946), Heaven Only Knows (1947),
and Siren of Atlantis (1948). Following financial setbacks in the late
1940s, Seymour Nebenzal returned to Germany on a permanent basis in 1950 but
remained a SIMPP member essentially up to his death in 1961.
Seymour Nebenzal: "Seymour Nebenzal," DV,
September 27, 1961; "Nebenzal, 62, of Films, Dies in Berlin," Los
Angeles Examiner, September 27, 1961; McGilligan, pp. 145-146, 173.