Henry Koster

Cartoonist, Reporter, Painter
Flexible studio talent who began his career as a critic, becoming a scenarist in 1926 and a director in 1932. Leaving Germany the year Hitler took power, Koster made several films in Europe before going to Hollywood ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1905 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Director (37)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Brigitte 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Take Her, She's Mine 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Flower Drum Song 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Ruth 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked Maja 1958 (Movie)

(USA sequences) (Director)

My Man Godfrey 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

D-Day the Sixth of June 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Power and the Prize 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

A Man Called Peter 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Virgin Queen 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Harvey 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Music For Millions 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

First Love 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rage of Paris 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

100 Men and a Girl 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Smart Girls 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Between Us Girls (Movie)

(Director)

Come to the Stable (Movie)

(Director)

Elopement (Movie)

(Director)

It Started With Eve (Movie)

(Director)

Marilyn (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (Movie)

(Director)

My Cousin Rachel (Movie)

(Director)

Spring Parade (Movie)

(Director)

Stars and Stripes Forever (Movie)

(Director)

The Inspector General (Movie)

(Director)

The Luck of the Irish (Movie)

(Director)

The Robe (Movie)

(Director)

The Unfinished Dance (Movie)

(Director)

Three Smart Girls Grow Up (Movie)

(Director)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

(Director)

Wabash Avenue (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Dear Brigitte 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Between Us Girls (Movie)

(Producer)

It Started With Eve (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Flexible studio talent who began his career as a critic, becoming a scenarist in 1926 and a director in 1932. Leaving Germany the year Hitler took power, Koster made several films in Europe before going to Hollywood. His US debut with "Three Smart Girls" (1937), the first in a series of Deanna Durbin vehicles, was a resounding success and helped bolster the straitened Universal studios.

Koster is perhaps best known for the charming "Harvey" (1950), in which James Stewart played opposite an invisible six-foot rabbit; he also directed the rather stodgy but well-remembered "The Robe" (1953), notably primarily as the first film to be shot in CinemaScope.

Relationships

Peter Koster

Son

Robert Koster

Son

Peggy Moran

Wife
married 1942

EDUCATION

Academy of Fine Arts

Berlin

Milestones

1953

Directed first cinemascope movie "The Robe"

1937

US directing debut "Three Smart Girls"

1933

Moved to France

1932

Directing debut with "Das Abenteuer der Thea Roland"

1924

Screenwriting debut

Immigrated to USA via France

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