Of the many film artists displaced by Hitler, Henry Koster was among the few who successfully adapted to the American studio system. Although Koster directed 45 successful motion pictures in a wide variety of genres, he is best known for Three Smart Girls, Harvey, such musicals as Stars and Stripes Forever, and films with religious backgrounds, including the first CinemaScope film, The Robe. All of these share the interplay of warm human feelings that is a trademark of Koster's motion pictures.
About the Author
Irene Kahn Atkins was raised among Hollywood musical films as daughter of famed lyricist Gus Kahn and was later a music editor. She has conducted oral histories for craftsmen in music and sound for the American Film Institute and Yale University, as well as for the Directors Guild of America, and published Source Music in Motion Pictures (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1983).