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H.C. Potter Biography

  • Profession: Director
  • Born: Nov 18, 1904
  • Died: May 31, 1977
  • Birth Name: Henry Codman Potter

Straight out of Yale Drama School, H.C. Potter launched a stage directing career in his native New York City. His most famous Broadway assignment was the 1944 production of A Bell For Adano, the film version of which was directed by [[Performer~P97450~Henry King~henryking]]. Not that Potter himself was ignored by Hollywood; brought to Tinseltown by Sam Goldwyn for 1936's [[Feature~V84780~Beloved Infidel~belovedinfidel]], the director remained in demand until his retirement after 1957's [[Feature~V114137~Top Secret Affair~topsecretaffair]]. While his personal style was elusive, Potter was most comfortable with comedy. He got on splendidly with Olsen and [[Performer~P96145~Johnson~johnson]] during the filming of [[Feature~V94794~Hellzapoppin'~hellzapoppin]] (1941), even suggesting some of the film's funnier gags and wilder nonsequiturs; unfortuanately, Potter's own closing sequence for the film, a slapstick smorgasbord set at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, was scrapped by Universal in favor of a cliched fadeout joke that didn't even involve Olsen and [[Performer~P96145~Johnson~johnson]]. H. C. Potter's resume included such notable items as Goldwyn's [[Feature~V11329~The Cowboy and the Lady~thecowboyandthelady]] (1938) (which when he started filming had only 20 pages of completed script!), Disney's [[Feature~V148219~Victory Through Air Power~victorythroughairpower]] (1942), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), [[Feature~V33617~Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House~mrblandingsbuildshisdreamhouse]] (1948) and [[Feature~V50039~The Time of Your Life~thetimeofyourlife]] (1949) -- more than enough compensation for losing [[Feature~V84738~A Bell for Adano~abellforadano]] and the last two minutes of [[Feature~V94794~Hellzapoppin'~hellzapoppin]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi