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Henry Koster

Although his name is not a household one, Koster is responsible for some of the most beloved and endearing films of the late studio system era.

This is a delightful comedy starring Cary Grant as a suave angel helping distraught bishop David Niven with a new cathedral and his wife's (Loretta Young) affections. This is a deftly handled comedy set within the religious world that never preaches, nor disrespects it’s subject matter - and Cary Grant ice skates!

Another comedy slash drama with religious overtones, that doesn’t stoop to pandering an opinion to its audience. Koster wisely allows this simple, but potently charming tale of two European nuns to unfold before our eyes as they come to New England and, guided by their faith and relentless determination, get a children's hospital built.

James Stewart stars as a good-hearted drunk whose constant companion is a six-foot, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In lesser, or heavier hands, this Broadway success may have suffered, but Koster allows Stewarts natural charm and audience appeal to be the fuel that runs this whacky engine.

Recommended by CarrieSpecht


More Details Come to Light on Wrestler Goldberg’s Christmas-Themed Horror Film

By ChrisFaile

December 21st, 2003

The year of 2003 may not have been kind to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the box office, but WWE champion Bill Goldberg is hoping to find box office success with his upcoming independent feature, “Santa’s Slay,” which will begin filming February in Edmonton. Originally announced as happening a month ago, has learned that producers for the film (which include Brett Ratner) are now looking to cast two leads and a key supporting part for the film.

Two things differ from what was previously announced on the project: The project’s name is not “Santa’s Sleigh,” and a January start, both which were initially reported by wrestling-focused news outlets.

The film is described in casting notes as such: “Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus has come to town. However, he’s no longer spreading yuletide cheer…just holiday fear! “Santa’s Slay” is a fast paced action-horror film with tongue in cheek comedy, which casts everybody’s favorite holiday figure in a different and sinister light. Our hero, Nicholas, learns the terrifying truth about ol’ St. Nick from his eccentric grandfather.”

Those roles currently being cast: Nicholas, described as being between 18 and 22 years old, is described as “charismatic and quirky, but not a geek.” A small town guy, he lives with his grandfather, a supporting role. “Grandpa” is described as being in his 50 or 60s and “a loving person who’s overly protective and overly practical for a good reason.” He is further described as a creative inventor at heart in the casting documents has obtained. Also being cast is Mac, the requisite love interest for Nicholas. A spunky, mature and outgoing gal, she is described as “attractive but a little tomboyish,” as well as one who speaks her mind.

The film is written and to be directed by David Steiman. No distributor has yet been secured for the film.

The Scorecard
Executive Producers: JoAnn Perritano and Andrew Pfeffer
Producers: Brett Ratner and Matt Leonetti Jr.
Writer/Director: David Steiman
Start Date: February 2004
Casting Director: Kim Coleman
Location: Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)