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Harry Cohn

Harry Cohn

D.O.B.: July 23, 1891 (New York, NY)

D.O.D.: February 27, 1958 (Phoenix, AZ)

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Location: Hollywood Forever; Section 8

Biographical Notes:

In 1918, when his older brother Jack, was an employee of the Universal Pictures Corporation, Harry wrangled a job as secretary to Universal president, Carl Laemmle.

In 1924, the Cohn brothers and Brandt bought a tiny studio on Gower Street in Los Angeles, and an adjoining apartment building; thus was born Columbia Pictures. Harry handled the Hollywood end of the business, while Jack Cohn and Brandt maintained the New York office

The Columbia films utilized inexpensive new talent and faded former-greats, but Harry was able to secure good bookings. When Harry signed director Frank Capra in 1928, it proved to be great for both men. When Capra's "It Happened One Night" earned many Oscars, Columbia Pictures lost its "poverty row" onus for good.

Regarded as ruthless and vulgar, Harry Cohn ruled the studio in a way that inspired fear and hatred, while personally developing stars like Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak.

Cohn's studio was the only major to reap profits during the Depression, and by the '50s Columbia was the most profitable operation in Hollywood.

When he died, his was one of the best-attended funerals in Hollywood

Produced:

On the Waterfront (1954) Movie

The Caine Mutiny (1954) Movie

From Here to Eternity (1953) Movie

All the King's Men (1949) Movie

The Jolson Story (1946) Movie

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Movie

You Can't Take it with You (1938) Movie

The Awful Truth (1937) Movie

"It Happened One Night" (1934) Movie

"Hurricane" (1930) Movie

 

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