Oscar Directors: Koster, Henry–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography

September 21, 2020

Henry Koster Career Summation

Occupational Inheritance: No

Nationality: German-born

Social Class:

Race/Ethnicity/Religion: Jewish

Family:

Formal Education:

Training: story writer, Berlin company as scenarist, assistant to Curtis Bernhardt

First Film: first film in Berlin, comedy Thea Roland, 1932; aged 27

Breakthrough: Three Smart Girls, 100 Men and a Girl;

First Oscar Nomination: The Bishop’s Wife, 1947, aged 42

Gap between First Film and First Nom: 15 years

Other Oscars:

Other Oscar Nominations:

Oscar Awards:

Nominations Span: only 1

Genre (specialties): various

Collaborators: Curtis Bernhardt; Deanna Durbin; producer Pasternak (Universal, MGM); 4 films with Jimmy Stewart

Popular: Deanna Durbin films, Bishop’s Wife; Harvey; The Robe; Desiree; Drum Song

Actor’s Director: 6 actors nominated for Oscar; one, Josephine Hull, won

Last Film: The Singing Nun, 1965; aged 60.

Contract: Universal, MGM

Career Length: 1925-1965 (about 40 years)

Career Output: 39

Marriage:

Politics:

Death: 1988; aged 83

Henry Koster (born Hermann Kosterlitz, May 1, 1905 – September 21, 1988), the German-born film director, was the husband of actress Peggy Moran.

Koster was born to Jewish parents in Berlin, Germany. He was introduced to cinema about 1910 when his uncle opened an early movie theater in Berlin. Koster’s mother played the piano to accompany the films, leaving the boy to watch the films.

After working initially as a short story writer, Kosterlitz was hired by a Berlin movie company as scenarist, became assistant to director Curtis Bernhardt. Bernhardt became sick one day and asked Kosterlitz to take over as director.

In 1932, Koster directed his first film in Berlin, the comedy Thea Roland. Koster, who was in the midst of directing his second film Das häßliche Mädchen, had been the subject of antisemitism, and knew he had to leave. He lost his temper at an SA officer at his bank during lunch hour, and knocked the officer out.

When the film, written by Koster with Felix Joachimson, had its premiere in autumn 1933 their names were deleted and both went into exile. Koster left Germany for France, where he was rehired by Bernhardt (who had left earlier).

Eventually Koster went to Budapest and met and married Kató Király in 1934. In Budapest he met Joe Pasternak again, who represented Universal in Europe, and directed three films for him. One of those films was Catherine the Last with script by Joachimson and Károly Nóti that was remade in 1938 by Norman Taurog as “The Girl Downstairs” both versions starring Franciska Gaal.

In 1936 Koster got a contract to work with Universal in Hollywood, and he travelled to the US to work with Pasternak, other refugees and his wife. Although Koster did not speak English, he convinced the studio to let him make “Three Smart Girls,” for which he personally coached 14-year-old star Deanna Durbin. This picture, a big success, pulled Universal out of bankruptcy.

Koster’s second Universal film, “One Hundred Men and a Girl,” with Durbin and Leopold Stokowski put the studio, Durbin, Pasternak, and Koster on top.

Koster discovered Abbott and Costello working at a nightclub in New York. He returned to Hollywood and convinced Universal to hire them. Their first picture, which featured the Who’s On First? routine, was One Night in the Tropics. The female lead, Peggy Moran, would become Koster’s second wife in 1942. When he married Moran, Koster promised her he would put her in every movie he made from then on. He did, but it was her statue. Usually it is a sculptured head on a mantelpiece or a piano or desk. For The Robe he commissioned a Grecian bust which appears prominently in a Roman villa.

Koster went on to do numerous musicals and family comedies during the late 1930s and early 1940s, with Durbin, Betty Grable, and other musical stars of the era.

He and Joe Pasternak filmed a successful screen test for Universal’s newest singing star, Gloria Jean, but Koster would never direct one of her features; when Pasternak left Universal for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in June 1941, Koster went with him. Ironically, despite Koster’s escape from Nazi Germany, when the United States entered World War II Koster was considered an enemy alien and had to stay in his house in the evening. Actor Charles Laughton would visit Koster and play chess with him.

Koster’s postwar career was equally successful. He was nominated for an Academy Award for The Bishop’s Wife (1947).

In 1950 he directed what was his biggest success to date, the James Stewart comedy Harvey. He directed Richard Burton’s first U.S. film, My Cousin Rachel, and then was given the first CinemaScope film to direct, The Robe in 1953. He directed some more costume dramas, including Désirée (1954) with Marlon Brando, The Virgin Queen (1955) with Bette Davis, The Naked Maja (1958) with Ava Gardner and The Story of Ruth (1960) with Elana Eden, then went back to family comedies and musicals, including Flower Drum Song for Universal in 1961.

His last picture was The Singing Nun in 1965.

Koster retired to Leisure Village, Camarillo, California, to pursue his lifelong interest in painting. He painted a series of portraits of the movie stars with whom he worked.

Koster: Oscar-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Actors in his Film

Although Koster never won an Oscar himself, he directed 6 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Cecil Kellaway, Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester, Josephine Hull, James Stewart and Richard Burton. Hull won the Oscar for Harvey.

He died of liver cancer.

Selected filmography
Screenwriter
The Great Opportunity (1925)
The Woman from Berlin (1925)
Orphan of Lowood (1926)
Children’s Souls Accuse You (1927)
One Plus One Equals Three (1927)
Prinz Louis Ferdinand (1927)

The Last Fort (1928)
Sinful and Sweet (1929)
German Wine (1929)
Diary of a Coquette (1929)
The Last Company (1930)
The Indictment (1931)
The Man Who Murdered (1931)
Woman in the Jungle (1931)
I’ll Stay with You (1931)
Reckless Youth (1931)
Who Takes Love Seriously? (1931)
The Rebel (1932)
Gypsies of the Night (1932)
Five from the Jazz Band (1932)
The Tunnel (1933)
The Weaker Sex (1933)
Polish Blood (1934)
The Brenken Case (1934)
The Double (1934)
Gold in the Street (1934)
Ball at the Savoy (1935)

Director

1930s: 11

Thea Roland (1932)
Das häßliche Mädchen (1933)
Peter (1934)
The Affairs of Maupassant (1935)
Catherine the Last (1936)
Three Smart Girls (1936)
One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)
The Rage of Paris (1938)
The Affairs of Maupassant (1938)
Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)
First Love (1939)

1940: 7

Spring Parade (1940)
It Started with Eve (1941)
Music for Millions (1944)
Two Sisters from Boston (1946)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
The Unfinished Dance (1947)
Come to the Stable (1949)

1950s: 15

Harvey (1950)
Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)
No Highway in the Sky (1951)
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
The Robe (1953)
Désirée (1954)
A Man Called Peter (1955)
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
The Power and the Prize (1956)
My Man Godfrey (1957)
Fräulein (1958)
The Naked Maja (1958)

1960s: 6

The Story of Ruth (1960)
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963)
Dear Brigitte (1965)
The Singing Nun (1966)

Oscar Nominations

Koster was nominated for the Best Director Oscar in 1947 for “The Bishop’s Wife,” but lost out to Eliza Kazan’s for “Gentleman’s Agreement.”

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