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Finding Aid for Oscar Homolka papers

Finding aid prepared by Michaela Ullmann, 2010

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Homolka, Oscar, 1898-1978
Oscar Homolka papers
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear feet, 2 boxes
This collection consists of manuscripts written by Oscar Homolka during his stay in Southern California. The collections also contains some photographs and ephemera relating to Homolka.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oscar Homolka papers, Collection no. 0205, Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical Background Oscar Homolka

Oscar Homolka (born August 12, 1898 in Vienna, Austria, died January 27, 1978 in Sussex, England) was an Austrian-American actor.

Homolka attended the Royal Dramatic Academy in Vienna and began his career on the Austrian stage. Success there led to work in the much more prestigious German theatrical community in Munich and Berlin. His first films were Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheins (The Adventures of a Ten Mark Note, 1926), Hokuspokus (Hocuspocus, 1930), and Dreyfus (The Dreyfus Case, 1930). After the Nazi rise to power, Homolka moved to Britain in 1934 and later was one of many Jewish actors and theatrical people who fled Europe for the United States.

In 1936, he played the bomber in Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. Although he often played villains such as Communist spies and Soviet-bloc military officers or scientists, he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the crusty, beloved uncle in I Remember Mama (1948). Homolka also acted with Ingrid Bergman in Rage in Heaven, with Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, with Ronald Reagan in Prisoner of War, and with Katharine Hepburn in The Madwoman of Chaillot.

Homolka returned to England in the mid-1960s, to play the Soviet KGB Colonel Stok in Funeral in Berlin (1967) and Billion Dollar Brain (1968), opposite Michael Caine. His last film was the Blake Edwards romantic drama The Tamarind Seed in 1974.

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Scope and Contents

Collections contains mainly manuscripts by Oscar Homolka but also a few photographs, newspaper clippings and an audio recording.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Exile Studies Librarian at Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Audiotapes
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs
  • Scripts

Geographic Name(s)

  • California, Southern--Emigration and immigration--Archival resources
  • Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--1933-1945--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Homolka, Oscar, 1898-1978 -- Archives
  • Reagan, Ronald


  • Actors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Exiles--Austria--History--20th century--Archival resources
  • Exiles--Germany--History--20th century--Archival resources
  • Exiles--United States--History--20th century--Archival resources
  • Feature films--California--Archival resources
  • Jewish refugees--California, Southern--Archival resources
  • Jewish refugees--Europe--20th century--Archival resources
  • Theater--Austria--20th century--Archival resources
  • Theater--Germany--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Manuscripts 

Box Folder

 "Paradies der Hoelle" 195[?] 

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Author unknown

1 1

 "The Third Ear - Drama in 3 Acts" 

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Author: Eric Frey

1 2

 "This Crazy, Lovely World" 1944 

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Author: Ladislas Fodor

1 3

 Expose zu dem Film nach dem Roman 'Die Gefoppten" und Akt III 

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Author: Hans Juellig

1 4

 "Black Hamlet" 1949 

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Author: John Bright

1 5

 "Einbruch in die Schoepfung" 1951 

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Author: Kate Fabian

1 6

 "Silk Hat Harry" 

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Author: Lawrence Vincent

1 7

 "Die Stunde schlaegt" 1935 

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Author: Claude Spaak

1 8

 "Thumbs" or "Something wicked" 

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Authors: Hector Bolitho and Terence Rattigan

1 9

 "Der Unsichtbare" 

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Author: Claude Spaak

1 10

 "Smetse Sme" 

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Author: Cyril Scott

1 11

 "Noose" 1947 

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Author: Richard Llewellyn

1 12

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Series 2:  Audio 

Box Folder

 "Hollywood Profile with Ronald Reagan", audio cassette 1960 

1 13

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Series 3:  Photographs 

Box Folder

 Various photographs (9) 

1 14

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Series 4:  Ephemera 

Box Folder

 Various newspaper clippings on the movie "War and Peace" 

1 15

 2 photo albums filled with various newspaper clippings 

2 1

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