Pictures of intimidating people
Cohn was fond of what he termed "those lousy little 'B' pictures," and kept making them, along with two-reel comedies and serials, after other studios had abandoned them.
According to biographer Michael Fleming, Cohn forced Curly Howard of the Stooges to keep working after suffering a series of minor strokes, which coincided with a further deterioration of Howard's health and his eventual retirement.
Cohn wanted to groom Mary Castle as Hayworth's successor.
Kim Novak, another Columbia star, reportedly endured similar treatment from Cohn.
Most of Columbia's early work was action fare starring rock-jawed leading man Jack Holt.
Columbia was unable to shake off its stigma as a Poverty Row studio until 1934, when director Frank Capra's Columbia comedy It Happened One Night swept the Academy Awards.
Cohn did not build a stable of movie stars like other studios.
Cohn was married to Rose Barker from 1923 to 1941, and to actress Joan Perry (1911–1996) from July 1941 until his death in 1958. His niece was Leonore "Lee" Cohn Annenberg, the wife of billionaire publishing magnate Walter Annenberg of Philadelphia.
Cohn was known for his autocratic and intimidating management style.
When he took over as Columbia's president, he remained production chief as well, thus concentrating enormous power in his hands.
Columbia expanded its scope to offer moviegoers a regular program of economically made features, short subjects, serials, travelogues, sports reels, and cartoons.
Columbia would release a few "class" productions each year (Lost Horizon, Holiday, Mr.