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  • Biographical Background Oscar Homolka
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access

  • Title: Oscar Homolka papers
    Collection number: 0205
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1960
    Abstract: 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.
    creator: Homolka, Oscar, 1898-1978

    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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Scope and Contents

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Exile Studies Librarian at ullmann@usc.edu. 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Homolka, Oscar, 1898-1978 -- Archives
    Reagan, Ronald
    Actors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    California, Southern--Emigration and immigration--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
    Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--1933-1945--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