H.C. Potter

Highest Rated: 100% The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Birthday: Nov 13, 1904
Birthplace: Not Available
Straight out of Yale Drama School, H.C. Potter launched a stage directing career in his native New York City. His most famous Broadway assignment was the 1944 production of A Bell For Adano, the film version of which was directed by Henry King. Not that Potter himself was ignored by Hollywood; brought to Tinseltown by Sam Goldwyn for 1936's Beloved Infidel, the director remained in demand until his retirement after 1957's Top Secret Affair. While his personal style was elusive, Potter was most comfortable with comedy. He got on splendidly with Olsen and Johnson during the filming of Hellzapoppin' (1941), even suggesting some of the film's funnier gags and wilder nonsequiturs; unfortuanately, Potter's own closing sequence for the film, a slapstick smorgasbord set at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, was scrapped by Universal in favor of a cliched fadeout joke that didn't even involve Olsen and Johnson. H. C. Potter's resume included such notable items as Goldwyn's The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) (which when he started filming had only 20 pages of completed script!), Disney's Victory Through Air Power (1942), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and The Time of Your Life (1949) -- more than enough compensation for losing A Bell for Adano and the last two minutes of Hellzapoppin'.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Director 1957
No Score Yet Three for the Show (The Pleasure Is All Mine) Director 1955
No Score Yet The Miniver Story Director 1950
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Director 1948
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life Director 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Director 1948
100% The Farmer's Daughter Director 1947
No Score Yet Victory Through Air Power Director 1943
100% Mr. Lucky Director 1943
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Director 1941
No Score Yet Congo Maisie Director 1940
No Score Yet Second Chorus Director 1940
71% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Director 1939
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Lady Director 1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel Director 1938
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Director 1937


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