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Howard Koch (1901–1995)

Playwright and author of sophisticated screenplays, a graduate of Bard College and Columbia University Law School. Howard Koch started out as a practicing lawyer in Hartsdale, New Jersey, but soon found himself dissatisfied with his career choice and began to write plays on the side. His first two efforts flopped on Broadway (respectively in 1929 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1983 Casablanca (TV Series) (original screenplay - 5 episodes)
- Divorce Casablanca Style (1983) ... (original screenplay)
- The Cashier and the Belly Dancer (1983) ... (original screenplay - uncredited)
- Jenny (1983) ... (original screenplay)
- Master Builder's Woman (1983) ... (original screenplay)
- Who Am I Killing (1983) ... (original screenplay - uncredited)
 1975 The Night That Panicked America (TV Movie) (radio play "Invasion from Mars")
 1967 The Fox (screenplay)
 1964 633 Squadron (screenplay)
 1962 The War Lover (screenplay)
  TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (1 episode, 1960) (story - 1 episode, 1953)
- Três Estranhos (1953) ... (story)
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Blue Goose (1960)
 1956 Finger of Guilt (written by - originally as Peter Howard)
 1955-1956 Casablanca (TV Series) (previous screenplay - 9 episodes)
- Deadlock! (1956) ... (previous screenplay)
- Siren Song (1956) ... (previous screenplay)
- The Alley (1956) ... (previous screenplay)
- Satan's Veil (1956) ... (previous screenplay)
- Fateful Night (1956) ... (previous screenplay)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- No Sad Songs for Me (1955) ... (original screenplay)
 1951 The 13th Letter (screen play)
 1950 No Sad Songs for Me (screenplay)
 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman (screenplay)
 1946 Three Strangers (original screenplay)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (screenplay)
 1944 In Our Time (original screenplay)
 1943 Mission to Moscow (screenplay)
 1942 Casablanca (screenplay)
 1942 In This Our Life (screenplay)
 1941 Sergeant York (original screen play)
 1941 Shining Victory (screenplay)
 1940 The Letter (screen play)
 1940 The Sea Hawk (screen play)
 1940 Virginia City (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Radio: Wrote several radio plays for Orson Welles, including the 1938 adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" that caused many listeners who missed part of the broadcast to think that the Martian invasion was real (as depicted in The Night That Panicked America (1975)). His copy of the script was auctioned in 1988 for ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Peter Howard

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In December 1994 he auctioned off his Oscar for Casablanca (1942) for $248,400 to help pay for a granddaughter's graduate studies. See more »

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