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Howard Koch


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Howard E. Koch (December 12, 1901 – August 17, 1995) was an American playwright and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.

Born in New York City, New York, Koch grew up in Kingston, New York and was a graduate of St. Mary's College (later renamed Bard College) and Columbia Law School. more »

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  • ''You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.''
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. Michael Curtiz. Coulondre (John Wengraf), Mission to Moscow, French ambassador speaking to British ambassador and citing...
  • ''If a nation wants to live in peace with its neighbors, it doesn't keep rattling the saber at them.''
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Joseph Davies (Walter Huston), Mission to Moscow (1943). Although in reality highly fi...
  • ''The weaker the country, the stronger the smile.''
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow (1943). Although in reality highly fiction...
  • ''Do not rely too much on isolation.... Oceans are not as wide as they used to be.''
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, speaking of American isolationism (1943). ...
  • ''You will recall the proud statement made recently by a Fascist general—"We have four columns in front of Madrid and a fifth inside the city."''
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, supposedly a historical statement made by a g...
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