Henry Codman Potter II was an American theatrical producer/director and a motion picture director.
H.C. Potter was born in New York City, the grandson of the Right Rev. Henry Codman Potter, Episcopal Bishop of New York, and son of Alonzo Potter, New York investment banker. He attended St. Marks School and graduated from Yale University in 1936, where he was a member of the Yale Dramatic Association and Scroll and Key. He attended the Yale School of Drama in the era of George Pierce Baker, and with George Haight founded the Hampton Players, one of the first summer theaters in America, based in Southampton, Long Island 1927-33. With Haight as producer, he directed numerous Broadway productions 1927-35, then moved to Hollywood where he directed over 20 feature films, earning a reputation as a specialist in "gag" comedy.
He married Lucilla Annie Wylie in 1926. Their three sons were Daniel J. Potter M.D., Robert A. Potter and Earl Wylie Potter.
The films he directed included: Beloved Enemy, Wings Over Honolulu, Romance in the Dark, The Cowboy and the Lady, and The Shopworn Angel, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle and Blackmail, Congo Masie and Second Chorus, Hellzapoppin', Victory Through Air Power and Mr. Lucky, The Farmer's Daughter and A Likely Story, You Gotta Stay Happy, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and The Time of Your Life, The Miniver Story, Three for the Show and Top Secret Affair .