A Great Danish American Birthday - Ib Jørgen Melchior

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Ib Jørgen Melchior (born September 17th, 1917) was a Danish-American novelist, short-story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American International Pictures.

Melchior was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Lauritz Melchior, an opera singer. He served in the Counterintelligence Corps (U.S. Army) during World War II and participated in the liberation of Flossenbürg concentration camp as well as the discovery of stolen currency, gold and art at Merkers-Kieselbach Cavern, and the capture of a Werwolf unit in 1945, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also involved in a long legal battle involving his father's estate, Chossewitz in Brandenburg, Germany, which was confiscated by the communist government of East Germany and never returned.

On January 18, 1964, Melchior married Cleo Baldon.  This wedding announcement appeared in the New York Times...

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 18—Mrs. Cleo Baldon, an interior decorator, was married here this morning to Ib Melchoir of Hollywood Hills, writer and director of feature films.

The Rev. Franz Olus Lund performed the Lutheran ceremony in the home of the bridegroom's father, Lauritz Melchior, the singer and former Metropolitan Opera star. He is the son also of the late Mrs. Inger Melchior, former Danish musical comedy singer.

Mrs. Edward Eisman and Leo Handel attended the couple. The bride was given in marriage by her son, Dirk Baldon.

The bridegroom, a graduate of the University of Copenhagen, served as a special agent in counter‐intelligence with the Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star. The couple's previous marriages ended in divorce.


In 1965, a decorated war hero, he was dubbed Knight Commander of the Militant Order of Saint Bridget of Sweden.

In 1976, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded Ib Melchior its Golden Scroll Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement.

Biographies include Ib Melchior: Man of Imagination by Robert Skotak, as well as Melchior's own autobiography Case by Case: A U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent in World War II.

Melchior died on March 14, 2015 at the age of 97.

Read more about Melchior on Wikipedia.

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