From Salkow Territory:

Sidney Salkow was Father, Grandfather and Great-Grand Father
June 16, 1909 October 18, 1998

This page a salute to my father's long and very successful Hollywood Career. As I dig out more data, it will be posted here. Bookmark this page so you can pop back here at will.


Sidney Salkow; Film Director Helped Shape CSUN Program

By ROBERTO J. MANZANO, Times Staff Writer

Sidney Salkow, who directed more than 50 motion pictures and a number of television programs, and later headed the film program at Cal State Northridge, has died. Salkow died Oct. 18 at his home in Valley Village. He was 89. Born to Hungarian parents in New York City, Salkow first worked as a child actor in theater. He later attended City College of New York, and received a master's degree from Columbia University, his widow, Patricia, said Tuesday. At 19, Salkow was admitted to Harvard Law School, "but the lure of the stage drew him away from that," Patricia Salkow said.

He directed two plays on Broadway, then signed a contract in the early 1930s with Paramount Studios. Early in his career, he directed films starring the Three Stooges and Bing Crosby. Salkow wasn't the only member of his family to find his calling in Hollywood. His brothers, Lester and Irving, became successful agents. Their father, Louis, was a tailor for Western Costume, a major outfitter to the film industry. At the beginning of World War II, Salkow joined the Marines, rising to the rank of major. He suffered shrapnel injuries to his back when Japanese planes attacked an aircraft carrier, where he was part of a film unit documenting the war. After the war, Salkow returned to his film career and directed and wrote many films, including "Faithful in My Fashion" (1946), "Sitting Bull" (1954), " Twice-Told Tales ( to see poster click here .) " (1963) and "Last Man on Earth" (1964). He also directed episodes of the TV shows "The Addams Family" and "Lassie." In the early 1970s, Salkow began teaching film at Northridge, where he became a professor emeritus and headed the film side of the Radio, Television and Film Department. At 62, Salkow returned to college and earned a master's of fine arts at USC. "He really put our film program together," said Karen Kearns, a Northridge professor. Salkow mobilized his studio contacts to secure donations for film equipment for the fledgling program, she said. During about 20 years at Northridge, Salkow was a popular if demanding film production teacher, Kearns said. "He taught kids if they wanted to succeed in the film industry they had to meet deadlines," Kearns said. "This business is so young-oriented. It was good for him to come and teach because that kept him young." In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary: Sidney Salkow
Independent, The (London), Oct 31, 2000 by Tom Vallance

THE DIRECTOR of over 50 films, Sidney Salkow will be known to aficionados of the "B" movie. During his long career he made several entertaining supporting features, notably a consecutive sequence of four films in the enjoyable "Lone Wolf" series starring Warren William.

His most durable work was done in the Forties when under contract to Columbia, but earlier he had worked in the theatre, directed film shorts with Bing Crosby and the Three Stooges, and made some swiftly paced action films for Republic and Universal. A resourceful director, he was noted for bringing his films in on time and within the budget.

Born to Hungarian parents in 1909 in New York City, he worked as a child actor in the theatre before attending City College of New York and Columbia University. He was then admitted to Harvard Law School but, said his widow Patricia, "the lure of the stage drew him away from that".

After working as an assistant director, he directed two short- lived Broadway plays, Bloodstream (1932), a well-meaning but bitter drama about racism set in a prison coal mine, and The Black Tower (1932), starring Walter Kingsford as a failed sculptor who perfects a means of petrifying human beings into lifelike works of art.

Salkow wrote and directed several movie shorts in New York, then went to Hollywood as a writer for Paramount. He co-scripted Anything Goes (1936), starring Bing Crosby, and The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) but within months he had accepted an offer from Universal to direct.

His first film, Four Days' Wonder (1937), was adapted from an A.A. Milne story about a teenager who takes flight when she fears she will be implicated in the death of her aunt. Salkow's direction was praised for capturing the whimsical flavour of the book and coaxing a convincing performance from Jeanne Dante in the main role (although the young star made no further films).

Salkow directed three other 1937 releases including the murder mystery Girl Overboard, which had an impressive cast headed by Gloria Stuart, Sidney Blackmer and Walter Pidgeon. The restless Salkow next moved to Republic, where his films included a newspaper thriller, The Night Hawk (1938), a heavy drama of love and self-sacrifice, The Zero Hour (1939) and a horse-racing tale, Fighting Thoroughbreds (1939). He began his tenure at Columbia with Cafe Hostess (1940), starring Ann Dvorak as the title character, saved by a brave sailor (Preston Foster) from life in a night-club run by gangsters.

This was followed by Salkow's first film featuring the reformed thief turned gentleman detective the Lone Wolf. In 1926 Columbia had bought the rights to the character, created by the writer Louis Joseph Vance in 1914, and had occasionally produced a Lone Wolf movie, but it was not until the success of The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt in 1939 that they felt they had found the right approach and the right actor (Warren William) to embark on a series.

The second film with William, The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940), was given to Salkow, who did well enough to be given the next three. The Lone Wolf Strikes had a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (later to become one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the Un- American Activities Committee) and featured Joan Perry, the wife of studio head Harry Cohn, as the female lead. It set what was to become a standard formula for the films, with the Lone Wolf helping an innocent party (usually an attractive female) solve a crime while he himself is suspected by the police because of his former life. (When shown in revival or television seasons, the formula can seem tiresome, but in their day they were of course seen months apart.)

Eric Blore, as a former pickpocket turned valet, was a cast regular and provided a neat contrast to William. The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940) was one of the best of the series, with Jean Muir the damsel in distress and Salkow keeping up a lively pace. The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941), involving the theft of a set of engraving plates, was almost as good, but Salkow's last film in the series, The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1941) was less memorable, lacking pace and featuring a poorer supporting cast than average.

Salkow moved on to a lively musical starring Ann Miller, Time Out for Rhythm (1941). One of the first musicals set against a television background, its thin plot about rival theatrical agents was bolstered by Miller's splendid tap-dancing and a cast that included Rudy Vallee, the Three Stooges and Glen Gray's Casa Loma Band, who featured in the most striking sequence when the musicians disappear into a black background so that only their instruments are seen.

Columbia were impressed enough by Salkow's work to reward him with an "A" movie, The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942), based on Jack London's stirring tale of a brutalised seaman (Glenn Ford) whose memoirs bring about the conviction of a Bligh-like captain and the freeing of an innocent man. A powerful indictment of a cruel merchant- marine system, it was sometimes too disturbing for audiences and, despite an excellent cast including Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes, Claire Trevor, Stuart Erwin and Dickie Moore, it was not a great success.

ord also starred in Salkow's Flight Lieutenant (1942), with Pat O'Brien as his father, guilt-ridden over having caused the death of the man whose daughter (Evelyn Keyes) Ford wants to marry. Salkow could do little with a familiar plotline, but his next film City of Women (1943) was a gripping, small-scale drama with a group of fine performances from a primarily female cast including Linda Darnell, Glenda Farrell, Margaret Hamilton and Sara Allgood, playing women who live in a boarding house near the prison where their menfolk are serving sentences. As with many films during the Second World War, its release had been held up while more timely product was released.

Salkow meanwhile had enlisted in the Marines shortly after the United States entered the war, rising to the rank of Major. When Japanese planes attacked the aircraft carrier on which he was shooting a documentary with a film unit, Salkow suffered shrapnel injuries to his back. After the war, he returned to a changing Hollywood where, after directing a romantic comedy at MGM, Faithful in My Fashion (1946), he concentrated on action films, many of them swashbuckling adventures.

They included Sword of the Avenger (1948), which he also produced, Scarlet Angel (1952), starring Yvonne DeCarlo, The Golden Hawk (1952), in which pirate Sterling Hayden wooed lady pirate Rhonda Fleming (actually a society girl in disguise), The Pathfinder (1952, from James Fenimore Cooper's novel), Prince of Pirates (1953, with an unusually lively Barbara Rush in a swashbuckling role), and Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953). Most of these films had plenty of action to compensate for thin plots and Salkow was able to give them a lavish appearance that disguised limited budgets.

As the impact of television made the need for such double-bill fare superfluous in the late Fifties, Salkow made mainly low-budget thrillers and westerns during his last years as a director, plus two horror movies starring Vincent Price, Twice Told Tales (1963) and The Last Man On Earth (1964) (play Flash movie (flv) ). ( Get Flash Catch To Play Flash Movies )In 1965 he made The Great Sioux Massacre (cover image click here ) while at Columbia Pictures. Sidney's last film was a British "B" movie, The Murder Game (1966), starring Ken Scott, Marla Landi and Trader Faulkner in a tale of blackmail and murder.

Salkow directed some television episodes of such series as Lassie and The Addams Family, then at the age of 62 he earned a master's degree of fine arts at the University of Southern California. In the early Seventies he began teaching film at California State University in Northridge, where he headed the film side of the Radio, Television and Film Department. Salkow taught at Northridge for nearly 20 years and became a professor emeritus.

Tom Vallance


SIDNEY1.GIF sidney2.gif sidney5.gif
 Sidney With Stephanie                Mike and Dolores'  wedding                  With  Steve and Lori
Men of the familiy


Sidney Salkow was born in New York of Louis and Charlotte Salkow, Hungarian Emigrants. He was the youngest of three brothers, Irving and Lester. Leaving a very successful career as a bright young playwright on Broadway, Sidney moved to Hollywood. After several Hollywood successes, he helped set up his brothers as Hollywood agents. Sidney has six children: Loriane Ann, Steven Peter, Christofer, Gail, Nancy, and Michael.


Here are some of Sidney's films:
1 The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

2 The Last Man on Earth (1964)
3 The Quick Gun (1964)
4 Blood on the Arrow (1964)
5 Twice-Told Tales (1963)
6 The Big Night (1960)
7 Iron Sheriff (1957)
8 Gun Duel in Durango (1957)
9 Chicago Confidential (1957)
10 Gun Brothers (1956)
11 Robbers' Roost (1955)
12 Las Vegas Shakedown (1955)
13 The Toughest Man Alive (1955)
14 Sitting Bull (1954)
15 Jack McCall Desperado (1953)
16 The Pathfinder (1953)
17 Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
18 Prince of Pirates (1953)
19 Scarlet Angel (1952)
20 The Pathfinder (1952)
21 The Golden Hawk (1952)
22 The Fugitive Lady (1951)
23 Shadow of the Eagle (1950)
24 Millie's Daughter (1947)
25 Faithful in My Fashion (1946)
26 City Without Men (1943)
27 The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)
28 Flight Lieutenant (1942)
29 Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
30 Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1940)
31 Girl From God's Country (1940)
32 Cafe Hostess (1940)
33 The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940)
34 She Married a Cop (1939)
35 The Zero Hour (1939)
36 Street of Missing Men (1939)
37 Woman Doctor (1939)
38 Fighting Thoroughbreds (1939)
39 * (1939)
40 Flight at Midnight (1939)
41 Street of Missing Men (1939)
42 Storm Over Bengal (1938)
43 The Night Hawk (1938)
44 * (1938)
45 That's My Story! (1937)
46 Behind the Mike (1937)
47 Girl Overboard (1937)
48 Four Days' Wonder (1936)


In addition to film, Sidney has innumerable Television successes. Among the list that I remember were Lassie, The Addams Family, The Cisco Kid, Black Beauty, Shot Gun Slate (staring Steve McQueen as a tough border town Sheriff), The Lone Ranger. There are more but I can't remember.

Additional Data

Twice-Told Tales, 1963
United Artists, 119 min.
Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Haksey, Beverly Garland, Richard Denning
Director: Sidney Salkow
Screenplay: Robert E. Kent

The Last Man on Earth, 1964

Last_man_on_earth_cover.jpg American International, 86min
. Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Daniele, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Director: Sidney Salkow
Screenplay: Logan Swanson

This has become one of the classic vampire movies. This movie was shot on location in Rome, Italy. At that time, Sidney son happened to be attending school there. Having helped the Set Director pick out several locations for shoots, Steven manage to worm a position as an extra in the movie and may also be seen in the last sequence of the movie in the background.

Vicent Price remarked during one of the pauses in the shoot, "these guys look like something from Picasso's Blue period."

From Telivision:
Nostalga Family Video
"Morticia, the Decorator"
Teleplay: Gene Thompson
Director: Sidney Salkow
To sell the neighboring Addamses an insurance policy, agent Joe Digby allows Morticia to redecorate his home. Morticia gives Mr. and Mrs. Digby a stuffed vulture as a present.
Eleanor Digby
Jeff Donnell
Joe Digby
Eddie Quillan
Morticia is caught up in the National Beautification Program and decides to become a decorator. Their new neighbors are the Digbys, and he's an insurance salesman. Gomez asks him to insure their art collection for a million dollars, and invites him to visit with his wife. They're taken aback by the Addams's house, and Mrs. Digby explains that they have to decorate their home. Morticia offers to help, and Mrs. Digby faints. Once the insurance papers are signed, Mrs. Digby claims she can't afford to use Morticia, thinking that will end matters. The Family feels sorry for the neighbors and order Lurch to take over a few decorating items. Fester disapproves and tries to sabotage this by substituting a genuine antique desk he loathes. Mrs. Digby thinks she's misjudged Morticia and asks her to do the rest of the house. Morticia complies, turning the garden into a desert, the house into a jungle and the basement into a swimming pool by flooding it. Mrs. Digby faints again. Morticia likes the house so much she's loathe to part with it, and buys it from the Digbys for a showroom. They offer their neighbors a new home and more decorating help. Surprisingly, the Digbys emigrate to Timbuktu. Additional Information: The Digbys' living room was the set formally used for Wilbur and Carol Post's house on the "Mr. Ed" series.
Broadcast: February 18, 1966.

" Portrait of Gomez "
Teleplay: Leo Salkin, Bill Lutz, and Henry Sharp
Story: Leo Salkin and Bill Lutz
Director: Sidney Salkow
Examiner: Tom D'Andrea
Photographer: Ralph Montgomery

Strife magazine calls to tell Gomez that they're sending a photographer round. He thinks he's been chosen their Man of the Year. Morticia wants to supply her own picture of Gomez for the cover, but Cleopatra eats her favorite photo of Gomez. The photographer who took it is now out of business, so Fester volunteers to take a new one. When this doesn't come out properly Gomez retreats to the chandelier in despair. Morticia tracks down the photographer, and discovers he's now taking photos for drivers' licenses. All they need is for Gomez to apply for his license - but he can't drive. Lurch has to teach him, but when Gomez takes his test he terrifies the examiner. He can't understand why Gomez even wants a license. When Gomez explains, the examiner tells him that the photographer was fired anyway. Back to square one (and having given up driving) Gomez has Morticia paint his portrait. The photographer from Strife arrives, but he wants to photograph the house, chosen Spookiest House of the Year. The Family is tremendously proud.
Additional Information: Roger Arroyo plays Cousin Itt in this episode.
Guest Appearance: Tom D'Andrea, Ralph Montgomery.
Broadcast: December 10, 1965.

" Uncle Fester, Tycoon "
Teleplay: Sloan Nibley and Preston Wood
Director: Sidney Salkow
Thaddeus Logan
Roy Roberts
Dr. Brown
Harold Peary

Fester gets a letter from another of his pen-pals, Diana the bearded lady. Overcome with emotion, he proposes to her by mail. Morticia is worried about him and poses as Diana's mother (complete with beard) to try and talk him out of it. She accuses him of being unable to support her 'daughter', so Fester decides he has to get a job. He enrolls in a correspondence course in business and starts getting into it. He gets very aggressive and hones his bargaining ability. He impresses Logan with his skills and is offered a job. Meanwhile, worried, Gomez calls in a psychiatrist, Dr. Brown, to help cure Fester. When Logan comes to see Fester, Gomez thinks he's the psychiatrist and that he's trying to take Fester off to an institution. Gomez manages to get rid of Logan, and Fester decides he's had enough of work and gives up on his plans to marry. When the real Brown arrives he thinks Fester's crazy, but the Family thinks he's cured. Broadcast: December 31, 1965.

Sitting Bull

This movie is both Written and Directed by Sidney Salkow.
This version of the battle of Little Big Horn. SITTING BULL ranks as one of the more accurate accounts of the battle, with none of the racism found in so many programmer westerns. Robertson is the cavalry major who believes the Indians should receive just treatment under the law. He tries to prevent Kennedy from riding into disaster but to no avail. Robertson is court-marshaled for befriending the enemy and sentenced to death. However Naish, as the great Indian leader Sitting Bull, intervenes by petitioning the President, Hamilton, who had been Robertson's commander during the Civil War. . . .. Naish also played Sitting Bull in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950). Cody, who does a good job as Crazy Horse, served as technical advisor, which undoubtly contributed to the more favorable treatment of the native Americans in this film. The historical tale presented here is far closer to reality than the overrated epic THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON. Cody later achieved national recognition as the "crying Indian" in some TV commercials for environmental protection.
This film was used for instruction at UCSB as a more accurate portrayal of these historic events
Production Co(s).:
Frank; Tele-Voz
Released by: UA
MPAA rating: NR
Running time: 105
Cast: Dale Robertson as Parrish
Mary Murphy as Kathy
J. Carrol Naish as Chief Sitting Bull
Iron Eyes Cody as Chief Crazy Horse
John Litel as Gen. Howell
William Hopper as Wentworth
Douglas Kennedy as Col. G.A. Custer
William Tannen as O'Connor
Joel Fluellen as Sam
John Hamilton as President U.S. Grant
Thomas Browne Henry as Webber
Felix Gonzalez as Young Buffalo
Al Wyatt as Swain
Credits: Producer: - W.R. Frank , Alfred Strauss
Director: - Sidney Salkow
Writer: - Sidney Salkow , Jack DeWitt
Cinematographer: - Charles Van Enger (CinemaScope, Eastmancolor)
Editor: - Richard L. Van Enger

1941. Released by Columbia Pictures. Directed by Sidney Salkow. Produced by Irving Starr. Features various performers with a cameo appearance by Larry, Moe andCurly. The Stooges are unemployed actors eager to find work. Length 75 minutes.


Suspenseful, extremely well written (by Seelig Lester), overlooked western with lawman Sterling Hayden tracking down the clues to clear his son (Darryl Hickman) accused of robbery and murder after it was Hayden himself who gave the evidence that convicted Hickman and sentenced him to hang. Good roles for John Dehner as a silver-tongued lawyer who pleads for Hickman, bounty hunter Mort Mills, express agent King Donovan and saloon owner Kent Taylor. Leading lady Constance Ford's histrionics are a bit overdone at times, but it's a small price to pay to enjoy a strongly written 73 minute film that should have received more attention over the years than it has. Well directed by Sidney Salkow who'd been at it since 1936, mostly with crime and adventure dramas, but was turning to westerns at this period in his career.

PATHFINDER (1952 Columbia)

"In 1754, the American territory around the Great Lakes was sought by both England and France. The Indians, as a matter of preservation, were forced to take sides. Once friendly tribes became bitter enemies. The peaceful Mohicans had formed an alliance with the English while the war-like Mingos, a branch of the Iroquois under Chief Arrowhead, had thrown their lot in with the French. Bad blood existed between the two tribes." Not much from James Fenimore Cooper's 1840 novel can be recognized in this George Montgomery colonial western. Pathfinder (Montgomery) and Chingachgook (Jay Silverheels) are sent on a dangerous mission to find the secret defense of the key French fortress of St. Vincente commanded by Col. Stephen Bekassy. As Pathfinder doesn't speak French, he's forced to take along spy Helena Carter who does parlez the vou. Rodd Redwing (1904-1971), a full-blooded Chickasaw Indian, who has a fight with Montgomery, was one of the top gun/knife/tomahawk/whip instructors in Hollywood. After coming to films for Cecil B. DeMille in THE SQUAW MAN ('31), he became gun handling coach to Alan Ladd, Ronald Reagan, Burt Lancaster, Glenn Ford, Richard Widmark, Anthony Quinn, Charlton Heston, Dean Martin, Fred MacMurray and scores more. Typical Sam Katzman Columbia stuff, in color, with the distinction of being director Sidney Salkow's first western, although he'd been directing since '36. It wouldn't be his last.

More Photos

cast of City Without Men into a studio truck
Wartime restrictions led director Sidney Salkow (right) to pack the cast of City Without Men into a studio truck for the journey to the Columbia Ranch for location scenes. Doris Dudley, Constance Worth, Glenda Farrell, Don DeFore, Margaret Hamilton, Sara Allgood, Jeff Donnell, Leslie Brooks, Michael Duane and Linda Darnell go along for the ride

Tags: 1943, cast, City Without Men, Constance Worth, director, Directors in Action, Don DeFore, Doris Dudley, Glenda Farrell, Jeff Donnell, Leslie Brooks, Linda Darnell, Margaret Hamilton, Michael Duane, Sara Allgood, Sidney Salkow,

Comments or Additions?Contact Steve Salkow

Go Back to Main Index