Before signing on to write radio shows for Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, Koch had several plays produced under the auspices of the Federal Theatre Project. His best-known work for Welles was the noto...
New York City, New York, USA
|The Sea Hawk||Screenwriter||n/a||1|
|In This Our Life||Screenwriter||n/a||1|
|Rhapsody in Blue||Screenwriter||n/a||1|
|In Our Time||Screenwriter||n/a||1|
|Loss of Innocence||Screenwriter||n/a||1|
|Hostage Flight||Screen Story||n/a||1|
|The Fox||1967||Associate Producer||n/a||1|
|The War Lover||1961||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|The Greengage Summer||1960||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Letter From an Unknown Woman||1948||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|No Sad Songs For Me||1950||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|The 13th Letter||1950||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Finger of Guilt||1956||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Mission to Moscow||1942||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Finger of Guilt||1956||Source Material (from novel)||("Pay the Piper")||1|
|The Night That Panicked America||Play as Source Material||from radio play("Invasion From Mars")||1|
|Hostage Flight||From Story||n/a||1|
|Dramatized Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcast for Mercury Theater of the Air|
|Wrote first comedy to be produced on Broadway, "Great Scott!"|
|Moved to Europe and wrote under the pseudonym Peter Howard until the early 1960s|
|Worked as screenwriter in Hollywood|
|Blacklisted in Hollywood during the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of supposed Communist sympathizers|
Following his blacklisting in 1950, Koch used the pseudonym Peter Howard to write the British-produced "Finger of Guilt" (1956), directed by fellow exile Joseph Losey under the pseudonym Joseph Walton.
Koch retired to Woodstock, NY where he remained actively involved in local theatre, writing and producing plays. He died of pneumonia at age 93 in August 1995. The following December, Koch's Oscar for "Casablanca" was sold at auction by Christie's for $184,000.
|Anne Green||Wife||married in 1941; mother of Peter; survived him|
|Peter Koch||Son||mother, Anne Green; survived him|
|Karyl Trainor||Daughter||mother, Lucie van Tuyl; survived him|
|Lucie Tuyl||Wife||mother of Karyl; divorced|
|St Stephen's College|
|Columbia University Law School|
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