Sam Katzman (July 7, 1901 – August 4, 1973) was an American film producer and director. Katzman went to work as a stage laborer at the age of 13 in the fledgling East Coast film industry. He would learn all aspects of filmmaking and become a highly successful Hollywood producer for more than 40 years.
Katzman produced cost-effective films that made money for the studios and his financial backers. He is noted for numerous westerns of the '30s, his Bela Lugosi and East Side Kids features of the '40s, the 15-chapter Superman serial of 1948 and a string of rock-'n'-roll musicals in the '50s. At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the '60s Katzman produced several Elvis Presley films and singer Roy Orbison's only film, The Fastest Guitar Alive.
He is the uncle of television producer Leonard Katzman.
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