Harry Cohn
president and production director ofColumbia Pictures
Harry Cohn
Harry Cohn was the American president and production director of Columbia Pictures.
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Un modelo de musical - Cadena Ser
Google News - over 5 years
Kelly rogó al jefazo del estudio, Harry Cohn, que le dejara hacer la película y pidió como pareja a una emergente Rita Hayworth que ya había destacado en algunos musicales como “Bailando nace el amor” o “Desde aquel beso”. A Cohn aquel joven le pareció
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Marion Davies' Beverly Hills Mansion Sold For $9.3 Million - Huffington Post
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The property was later owned by producer Harry Cohn and then writer Aleen Leslie. Celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino have visited the property for Davies' decadent parties
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Jennifer Sky: Peter Falk's 'obsessive thoroughness' made a great Columbo ... - TCPalm
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It had also been tough on a young man from New York with one glass eye, who once failed a screen test at Columbia Pictures and was told by big boss Harry Cohn, "for the same price I can get an actor with two eyes." It wasn't until Falk's casting as
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Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 6: Douglas Sirk's elegant imitations of life - World Socialist Web Site
Google News - over 5 years
Sirk was signed to a lengthy contract by Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn. But Hollywood already had its fair share of European filmmakers—Max Ophuls, Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder and Jean Renoir, to name a just a few—and Cohn refused
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RED MEMORIES: WALTER BERNSTEIN with Gregory Zucker and Molly Rose Ávila - Brooklyn Rail
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The man at the door was Harry Cohn, co-founder of Columbia Pictures. Cohn didn't care because he knew he controlled the movie at the end of the day. The environment was such that I felt I could go on being a member of the Communist Party and also work
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Yankee Doodle Dandy Case File #192: 1776 - A.V. Club Chicago
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Warner was just lucky to have the even-more-feral-and-obnoxious Harry Cohn (of Columbia Pictures) to make him look, if not classier, then less egregiously terrible by comparison. Warner's peers at least had the decency and good grace to pretend that
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Glenn Ford remembered as great actor, flawed dad - The Seattle Times
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Columbia Pictures studio head Harry Cohn, realizing that Ford would be sharing a screen with Davis — already a legend — quickly put together "Gilda" to capitalize on the rising young actor. "With 'Gilda,' coming out first, followed within a month or
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Child actress Edit Fellows dies at 88 - Nashua Telegraph
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When Edith was signed by Columbia Pictures in the mid-1930s, studio chief Harry Cohn strongly suggested that her grandmother buy the teen actress some decent clothes. Forced to choose in court between her grandmother and her mother, Edith had “mixed
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Edith Fellows dies at 88; child actress - Los Angeles Times
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When Edith was signed by Columbia Pictures in the mid-1930s, studio chief Harry Cohn strongly suggested that her grandmother buy the teen actress some decent clothes. Forced to choose in court between her grandmother and her mother, Edith had "mixed
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Tucson Oddity: Rita Ranch named for Hayworth? - Arizona Daily Star
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The book said Hayworth was dodging two teams of detectives, one hired by bitter estranged husband Orson Welles and the other by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn, who was looking for dirt that would let him exercise the morality clause in her contract
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Peter Falk dead: Columbo star dies aged 83 - Mirror.co.uk
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Sometime afterwards Columbia Studios chief Harry Cohn is said to have rejected him for a part declaring: “For the same money, I can get an actor with two eyes!” But it was for his role as Columbo in the 70s that Falk will be best remembered. ... - -
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Peter Falk, Columbo actor, dies aged 83 - The Guardian
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And after failing a screen test at Columbia Pictures, Falk was told by studio boss Harry Cohn that "for the same price I can get an actor with two eyes". But Falk's handicap became Columbo's trademark and enhanced the detective's image as a dishevelled
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Judy Holliday's Best Movies - Legacy.com
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When Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights for the play, studio chief Harry Cohn was reluctant to cast the unproven 28-year-old and wanted to first test her in a smaller role. Adam's Rib proved to be quite the test vehicle and is now considered
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Funny girls. . . who says women aren't the Mae West? - Irish Independent
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Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn once unkindly described Ms Arthur's profile as "half angel, and the other half horse", but she had a girl-next-door appeal and was a wonderfully skillful comic actress. She did her best work in Frank Capra's films Mr
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Book explores Hollywood 'Golden Age' of the 1960s-'70s - Washington Post
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The studio in that day was owned by the conglomerate Gulf+Western, whose chairman, Charles Bluhdorn, resembled moguls of the Hollywood studio era like MGM's Louis B. Mayer and Columbia's Harry Cohn in ruthlessness and vulgarity
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Brooke Shields' grandfather featured in new book “The Wimbledon finale that ... - TennisGrandstand
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... Jacques Brugnon, Eddie Burns, Jr., Bob Burton, Dick Button, Eddie Cantor, Oleg Cassini, Michael Chang, Charlie Chaplin, Ty Cobb, Henri Cochet, Junior Coen, Bud Collins, Harry Cohn, Henry Cole, Ian Collins, Jack Condon, Jimmy Connors, Ashley Cooper,
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Quo vadis, Hollywood? - Film
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Harry Cohn, wieloletni szef Columbia Pictures (wytwórni, która jest teraz częścią koncernu Sony). Był wśród nich na przykład wspomniany „Spider-Man”. Z punktu widzenia kinomana problem z franczyzami jest jednak taki, że wytwórnia chce wycisnąć z serii
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Now that's what I call chutzpah: the Jewish contribution to the entertainment ... - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
... the mogul of moguls, has got to be Sándor László Kellner, better known as Alexander Korda, whose ego and ambition proved a match for his American Jewish counterparts, big studio bosses like Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner and Harry Cohn
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Dujardin star du muet : chapeau l'artiste ! - L'indépendant.fr
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En effet, le film a été tourné à Hollywood, entre autre dans les anciens studios de Chaplin et Mack Sennett, le bureau de Harry Cohn puissant patron de la Columbia (dont John Goodman dans “The Artist” pourrait être le double), dans le cinéma où avait
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George Feltenstein talks TCM's Moguls & Movie Stars - Monsters and Critics.com
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Harry Cohn and Adolph Zukor were moguls as well, as the documentary illustrates, but their studio's films are more distinctive for the directors who made them. CAPRA for Harry Cohn at Columbia or Lubitsch for Zukor at Paramount are examples of this
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harry Cohn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 66
    Cohn was the last Hollywood movie mogul of the studio system era, retaining power after the departures of such rivals as Darryl F. Zanuck and Louis B. Mayer. He died in February 27, 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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  • 1957
    Age 65
    Cohn kept the Stooges on his payroll until the end of 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Cohn was fond of what he termed "those lousy little "B" pictures, and kept making them, along with two-reel comedies and serials, after other studios had abandoned them. According to biographer Michael Fleming, Cohn forced Curly Howard of the Stooges to keep working after suffering a series of minor strokes, which coincided with a further deterioration of Howard's health and his eventual retirement. Cohn expected, or at least asked for, sex from female stars in exchange for employment (although similar stories were connected to many producers in Hollywood at the time). Harry Cohn's relationship with Rita Hayworth was fraught with aggravation. Hayworth's biography If This Was Happiness, describes how she refused to sleep with Cohn and how this angered him. However, because Hayworth was such a valuable property Cohn kept her under contract because she made money for him. During the years they worked together, each did their best to irritate the other despite their lengthy work relationship which produced good results. Cohn wanted to groom Mary Castle as Hayworth's successor. Kim Novak, another Columbia star, reportedly endured similar treatment from Cohn. When Joan Crawford was subjected to Cohn's advances after signing a three-picture contract with Columbia, she quickly stopped him by saying, "Keep it in your pants, Harry. I'm having lunch with Joan and the boys wife and children tomorrow."
  • FORTIES
  • 1934
    Age 42
    Cohn hired the Three Stooges in 1934 and, according to Stooge Larry Fine, "he thought we brought him luck."
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  • 1933
    Age 41
    Cohn is said to have kept a signed photograph of Benito Mussolini, whom he met in Italy in 1933, on his desk until the beginning of World War II. (Columbia produced the documentary Mussolini Speaks in 1933, narrated by Lowell Thomas).
    More Details Hide Details Cohn also had a number of ties to organized crime. He had a long-standing friendship with Chicago mobster John Roselli, and New Jersey mob boss Abner Zwillman was the source of the loan that allowed Cohn to buy out his partner Brandt. Cohn's brash, loud, intimidating style has become Hollywood legend and was reportedly portrayed in various movies. The characters played by Broderick Crawford in All The King's Men (1949) and Born Yesterday (1950), both Columbia pictures, are allegedly based on Cohn, as is Jack Woltz, a movie mogul who appears in The Godfather (1972). In his own way, Harry Cohn was sentimental about certain professional matters. He remembered the valuable contributions of Jack Holt during Columbia's struggling years, and kept him under contract until 1941.
  • 1932
    Age 40
    The relationship between the two brothers was not always good. In 1932, Brandt, finding the partnership stressful, sold his third of the company to Harry Cohn, who took over as president while remaining based in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Most of Columbia's early work was action fare starring rock-jawed leading man Jack Holt. Columbia was unable to shake off its stigma as a Poverty Row studio until 1934, when director Frank Capra's Columbia comedy It Happened One Night swept the Academy Awards. Exhibitors who formerly would not touch Columbia products became steady customers. As a horizontally integrated company that only controlled production and distribution, Columbia had previously been at the mercy of theater owners. Columbia expanded its scope to offer moviegoers a regular program of economically made features, short subjects, serials, travelogues, sports reels, and cartoons. Columbia would release a few "class" productions each year (Lost Horizon, Holiday, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,The Jolson Story, Gilda, All the King's Men, etc.), but depended on its popular "budget" productions to keep the company solvent. During Cohn's tenure, the studio always turned a profit.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1923
    Age 31
    Cohn was married to Rose Barker from 1923 to 1941, and to actress Joan Perry (1911–1996) from July 1941 until his death in 1958.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1919
    Age 27
    In 1919, Cohn joined his brother and Joe Brandt to found CBC Film Sales Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details The initials officially stood for Cohn, Brandt, and Cohn, but Hollywood wags noted the company's low-budget, low-class efforts and nicknamed CBC "Corned Beef and Cabbage." Harry Cohn managed the company's film production in Hollywood, while Jack Cohn managed its finances from New York alongside Brandt. In a bid to change its image, the company changed its name to Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1924. Columbia was the female personification of America, and Cohn believed that she would be an effective marketing symbol.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1891
    Born
    Born on July 23, 1891.
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