Born in Michigan, Seymour Friedman was educated in England at Cambridge and at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. Abandoning medicine for movies, Friedman began his Hollywood career in 1937 as an assistant editor. During the WW II years, he was an assistant director at Columbia, continuing to work in this capacity on such postwar thrillers as Dead Reckoning (1947) and To the Ends of the Earth (1948). He was given his first chance to direct by the Columbia "B" unit, helming entries in the studio's "Boston Blackie" and "Rusty" series. A fixture of the Columbia second-feature product of the 1950s, Seymour Friedman directed such entertaining programmers as Son of Dr. Jekyll before being promoted to producer for Columbia's Screen Gems TV division.