Henry Koster

Henry Koster

Highest Rated: 90% The Inspector General (1949)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Robe (1953)

Birthday: May 1, 1905

Birthplace: Not Available

The son of a Berlin ladies' lingerie salesman, young Hermann Kosterlitz frequently accompanied his mother when she went to work as a movie-house pianist. Sitting in the dark and watching the silver images flash before him, Kosterlitz developed a lifelong love affair with films. Before launching his own movie career, however, he had distinguished himself in several other branches of the arts, as an author (his first article was published when he was 16), painter, sculptor, and newspaper cartoonist. In 1925, he went to work at the UFA Studios publicity department, eventually graduating to screenwriter. He was appointed assistant to director Kurt Bernhardt, through whose auspices Kosterlitz was permitted to direct three films in the early 1930s. When Hitler came to power, Kosterlitz, a Jew fiercely proud of his heritage, was forced to move to Budapest. Here he met producer Joseph Pasternak, who took a liking to Kosterlitz and hired him to direct a series of Austrian and Hungarian films.When Pasternak moved to Hollywood in 1936, he brought Kosterlitz along. His name "Americanized" to Henry Koster, the young director was signed by Universal. The Koster-Pasternak team took a chance on a teenaged soprano named Deanna Durbin, and the result was the Koster-directed Three Smart Girls (1936), the first in a steady stream of enormously popular Durbin musicals which saved Universal from bankruptcy. In 1938, Koster and Pasternak tried to make the magic happen again, carefully fashioning a whimsical image for alluring French actress Danielle Darrieux in The Rage of Paris (1938). In 1941, Koster again packed up and followed Pasternak when the latter moved to MGM; here they went to work on a new series of frothy Durbin-like musicals with such Metro contractees as Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson. Freelancing after 1947, Koster directed Goldwyn's The Bishop's Wife (1948), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He became one of James Stewart's favorite directors, guiding Stewart through such films as Harvey (1950), No Highway in the Sky (1951), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), Take Her, She's Mine (1963), and Dear Brigitte (1965). He also worked frequently for 20th Century Fox, directing that studio's first CinemaScope production, The Robe (1953). His last film was the box-office smash The Singing Nun (1965). Though he would never again direct a film, Koster did not consider himself retired, continuing to pitch story ideas to indifferent studio executives. Finally deciding to take a well-deserved rest, Koster retired to Leisure Village in Camarino, CA, with his second wife, actress Peggy Moran. Toward the end of his life, Henry Koster returned to painting, turning out exquisite portraits of the stars with whom he'd worked during his fabulous 40-year career.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wer nimmt die Liebe ernst... Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Ball im Savoy Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Director 1966
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte Producer Director 1965
No Score Yet Take Her, She's Mine Director Producer 1963
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Director 1962
45% Flower Drum Song Director 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth Director 1960
No Score Yet Naked Maja Director 1959
No Score Yet Fraulein Director 1958
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey Director 1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Director 1956
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize Director 1956
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Director 1955
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen Director 1955
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter Director 1955
No Score Yet Desiree Director 1954
33% The Robe Director 1953
No Score Yet My Cousin Rachel Director 1952
No Score Yet Stars and Stripes Forever Director 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Director 1952
No Score Yet No Highway in the Sky Director 1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven Director 1950
85% Harvey Director 1950
No Score Yet Come to the Stable Director 1949
90% The Inspector General Director Screenwriter 1949
80% The Unfinished Dance Director 1948
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish Director 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Director 1948
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Director 1946
No Score Yet Music for Millions Director 1944
No Score Yet It Started with Eve Producer Director 1941
No Score Yet Spring Parade Director 1940
No Score Yet First Love Director Producer 1939
No Score Yet Three Smart Girls Grow Up Director 1939
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris Producer Director 1938
88% 100 Men and a Girl Director 1937
No Score Yet Farewell Again (Troopship) Screenwriter 1937
86% Three Smart Girls Director 1936


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