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Sam Katzman Overview:

Producer, Sam Katzman, was born on Jul 7, 1901 in New York City, NY. Katzman died at the age of 72 on Aug 4, 1973 in Hollywood, CA .

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Formed "B" picture production companies Victory Pictures Corp., Puritan Pictures Corp., Banner Pictures, Clover Productions.

Katzman is credited with coming up with the word "beatnik." Supposedly, he was at a recording studio as the score for one of his teen musicals was being put together. He heard two musicians talking, and one of them asked why a third musician they both knew didn't show up for the session. The other musician said, "That cat was just beat, Nick." Katzman misunderstood "beat, Nick" for "beatnik" (as in Sputnik), liked the sound of it, and started using it in his movies and in his everyday life to describe the younger generation he worked with. It caught on and made its way into the language.

Cinematographer Richard H. Kline talks extensively about Katzman, for whom he worked in the 1950s, in the book "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010) by Tom Weaver.

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