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Inventory, 1933-1991

Miscellaneous Items, 1933-1991, related to film at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Title: Film mss.,1933-1986

Collection No. LMC 1363

Extent: 41 items

Language: Materials are in English.

Abstract: Consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to film. Additions continue to be made.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with the item entry. The most recent addition was made in 1994.

Usage Restrictions: Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Film mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

The Film mss., chiefly 20th century, consist of scripts, letters, photographs, and other materials relating to film and movie productions which have been acquired individually and at various times from various sources.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Topics
    • Motion picture producers and directors.
    • Motion picture plays.
    • Motion picture actors and actresses.
    • Motion pictures --Plots, themes, etc.
    • Film posters.
    • Motion pictures --Production and direction.
    • Stills (Motion pictures).

Film mss.

Arranged chronologically at the item level, undated items are further arranged alphabetically.


1933[?] - Sketches with shooting instructions for the motion picture Tugboat Annie .

Ds. [3] p. 11-32 cm.

  • 3 sketches.
  • In pencil and crayon.

Removed from shooting script of Tugboat Annie, Culver City, Calif., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933 (Lilly PN6120.S42 T915). 1985


1935, Dec. 21 - Mr. Zanuck's notes on "The country doctor."

T. (carbon) D. 13 p. 28 cm.

  • Concerns revisions to be made in the filmscript The country doctor; refers to suggestions made by Darryl Francis Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson, and Henry King.

Removed from The country doctor: screenplay [Twentieth Century-Fox] 1935, (Lilly PN6120.S42 C8558), dated Dec. 19, 1935, on cover, but with revisions dating to Jan. 17, 1936.


1936[?] - [ The Case of the black cat: notes concerning Spanish subtitling].

A.D. 2 leaves. 21.5 cm.

  • In red pencil.

Removed from The Case of the black cat: screen play . Warner Brothers, 1936 (Lilly PN6120.S42 C3374). 1986


1938, Apr. 29 - Zimbalist, Sam, 1901-1958, producer. To Richard Thorpe.

T. (carbon) L. 1 p. 14 cm.

  • Concerns name changes required by legal department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the film Knockout [i.e. The crowd roars ].
  • MGM inter-office communication.
  • Copies sent to Adolph Zimmer and Al Jennings.

Removed from film script The crowd roars, Culver City, Calif., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938 (Lilly PN6120.S42 C953). 1985


1938 - [Photographs relating to the motion picture Stagecoach].

20.5 x 25.5 cm.

  • Publicity poses and movie stills of the characters.
  • Seventeen photographs, with two copies of no. 8.

Purchase. 1983


1941, July 3 - Lubitsch, Ernst, 1892-1947, film director, and Menyhért Melchior Lengyel, 1880-1974, playwright. To be or not to be [film treatment].

T.D. 118 p. 28 cm.

  • Blue paper wrapper: Property of Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
  • Produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
  • Released March 1942 by United Artists.

Transfer. Book Department, Lilly Library. 1986


1941 - [Photographs relating to the motion picture The Wolf Man].

20.5 x 25.5 cm.

  • 102 black and white photographs.
  • Includes publicity poses numbered P.1-P.12, with notes on versos; stills numbered 1-18, 20-22, 24, 26-80, 82-95, some with notes on versos, some of scenes cut from the final version; 1 numbered 18-2; 1 photograph of a page from the pressbook; and 1 other photograph that appears to be from a sequel to The Wolf Man.
  • Actors prominently featured include Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Lon Chaney, Jr., Patrick Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya, Claude Rains, and Warren William.

Purchase. 1983


1941 - [ Western Union: note concerning footages].

A.D. 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Pencilled note beginning: " Western Union for B & W New footages for main credits (minus Technicolor credits)."

Removed from Carson, Robert. Western Union : Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941 (Lilly PN6120.S42 W527 1941). 1985


1947 - [Photographs relating to the motion picture Macbeth].

28 x 35 cm.

  • 8 black and white movie stills and publicity poses.

Gift. 1988


ca. 1947 - "War Party." Draft screenplay for John Ford's film Fort Apache. Corrections and insertions throughout.

in dark brown clamshell box with Fort Apache in gold stamp on spine. T.D., 160 p. 28cm.

Purchase. 2005


1949, Nov.-1950, June - An American in Paris (motion picture). Scripts and story line, etc.

Mimeo. and carbon Ds.

  • Contents:
    • 1) 1949, Nov. 14 - scene synopses;
    • 2) script 1949, Dec. 9 - script "incomplete";
    • 3) 1949, Dec. 9 - T. carbon re: musical numbers for each section;
    • 4) same as 3 but mimeo copy;
    • 5) 1950, May 8 -script "Temporary Complete";
    • 6) 1950, May 17 -memo from Alan A. Antik: "Names submitted for clearance";
    • 7) 1950, June 12 -complete story outline; reader Helen Spencer.
  • Mimeo, 8 p.
  • Film released in 1951.
  • Story and screen play by Alan Jay Lerner.

Transfer. Book Dept., Lilly Library, Bloomington, IN. 1994


1950, July 19-Aug. 17 - Sister Carrie [filmscript].

Mimeo. 137 p. 28 cm.

  • Script assigned to men's wardrobe.
  • Frequent holograph notations concerning wardrobe.
  • Filmscript by Augustus and Ruth (Goodman).
  • Goetz, based on Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie.
  • Motion picture released as Carrie, produced and directed by William Wyler for Paramount Pictures, inc.
  • Accompanied by two publicity photographs and cast of characters.
  • Contents include wardrobe plot preceding each sequence:
    • Sequence A, 14 p.
    • Sequence B, 4 p. and snapshot
    • Sequence C, 10 p.
    • Sequence D, 2 p.
    • Sequence E, 4 p.
    • Sequence F, 6 p.
    • Sequence G, 4 p.
    • Sequence H, 16 p.
    • 2 snapshots.

Purchase. 1983


1950 - [ Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion: note concerning matte shots.]

A. (carbon) D. 1 p. 19 cm.

  • With pencilled notation of camera speed.

Removed from Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion. [Universal Pictures, 1950] (Lilly PN6120.S42 A126). 1985


ca. 1950 - Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. [Publicity photographs of actors and actresses.]

20.5 x 25.5 cm.

  • 21 black and white photographs.
  • Corners damaged on all photographs and two photographs have numbers written in ink.
  • Photographs are of:
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    • - Dana Andrews,
    • - Anne Baxter,
    • - Dan Dailey,
    • - Joann [sic] Dru,
    • - Susan Hayward,
    • - Jeffrey Hunter,
    • - Victor Mature,
    • - Maureen O'Hara,
    • - Debra Paget,
    • - Jean Peters,
    • - Tyrone Power,
    • - Thema Ritter,
    • - George Sanders,
    • - James Stewart,
    • - Gene Tierney,
    • - Robert Wagner,
    • - Clifton Webb,
    • - Richard Widmark.

Gift. 1989


1953 - The Sun Shines Bright. Argosy Pictures. Directed by John Ford

Lobby cards. 11 in x 14 in.

  • 8 items

Gift. 2007


1953, May 22 - Brown, Ned, literary agent. MCA Artists Ltd., agency, Beverly Hills, California.
  • To Paul Kohner, 9161 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 46, California. Sending the screenplay of Moby Dick by Leopold Atlas, owned by Anthony Mann. Will discuss it later. T.L.S. 1p. 28 cm.
  • Accompanied by a critique by "I.", dated 6-11-53, of the screenplay of Moby Dick. (T.D. 1 p. 14 cm.)
  • On yellow paper.

Removed from Moby Dick: Screenplay by Leopold Atlas. Beverly Hills, MCA, 1953? (Lilly PN6120.S42 M687). 1981


1954 - Fellini, Federico, 1920-1993. La Strada. [Screenplay] in Italian.

with pencil and ink annotations and sketches throughout. In brown wrappers. T.D., 378 p., 26.8cm.

Purchase. 2005


1955, Dec. 1 - Selznick, David Oliver, 1902-1965, motion picture producer. Culver City, California. To Darryl Francis Zanuck, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Beverly Hills, California. Concerning Jennifer Jones' role in the motion picture The man in the gray flannel suit.

T.L.S. 5 p. 28cm.

  • Production number 2650 pencilled in upper right corner of first page.
  • Carbon copy sent to Nunnally Johnson.
  • Removed from the filmscript The man in the gray flannel suit, Dec. 12, 1955 (Lilly PN6120.S42 M2641).

Transferred from Book Department, Lilly Library, 1985


1955 - The Long gray line (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

56 x 71 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1955. Columbia Pictures Corp.

Gift. 1989


1955 - The Long gray line. Columbia Pictures. Directed by John Ford.

Press kits. 16 in. x 12 in. 20p; 12 1/2 in. x 18 in. [32] p.

  • 2 items.

Gift. 2007


1956, May 21 - Marx, Groucho, 1890-1977, comedian. Los Angeles, Calif. To Arnold Brein.

A.Pc.S. 1 p. 14 cm.

  • Photographic postcard depicting Groucho Marx.
  • Date from postmark.

Source unknown. 1981


1957, Feb. 14 - Short cut to hell [filmscript].

Mimeo. 108 p. 28 cm.

  • Script #123, probably assigned to men's wardrobe.
  • Some holograph notations.
  • Filmscript by Edward Oscar Berkman and Raphael David Blau; motion picture directed by James Cagney, produced by A.C. Lyles for Paramount Pictures, inc.
  • Accompanied by 10 p. of male characters' wardrobe plot, 19 photographs dated Mar. 5, 1957, and mimeographed shooting schedule.

Purchase. 1983


1957, May 9 - Marx, Groucho, 1890-1977, comedian, et al. Los Angles, Calif. To Arnold Brein.

T.Pc.S. 1 p. 14 cm.

  • Also signed by Harpo and Chico Marx.
  • Photographic postcard depicting the three Marx Brothers.
  • Date from postmark.

Source unknown. 1981


1957, May 9 - Marx, Groucho, 1890-1977, comedian. Los Angeles, Calif. To Arnold Brein.

Pc.S. 1 p. 14 cm.

  • Photographic postcard depicting Groucho Marx.
  • Date from postmark.

Source unknown. 1981


1957, July 25 - Adler, Buddy Maurice, 1908-1960, motion picture producer. To Jerry Wald. Concerning the first draft continuity for the motion picture The Long Hot Summer.

D. 23 p. 30 cm.

  • Mimeographed on Twentieth Century-Fox letterhead.
  • Annotated in unknown hand in red pencil and ink.
  • Accompanied by unannotated copy in blue cover.

Transferred from Book Department, Lilly Library. 1982


1957 - The Rising of the moon (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

104 x 69 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1957. Warner Bros. Pictures.

Gift. 1989


1958, Feb. 5 - Mandaville, Molly. To Buddy Maurice Adler. Concerning names of children in the screenplay for the motion picture The Inn of the sixth happiness.

T. (carbon) L. 1 p. 30 cm.

  • On Twentieth Century-Fox inter-office stationary.

Removed from Lennart, Isobel. The Inn of the sixth happiness : Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958 (Lilly PN6120.S42 I57). 1985


1958, Feb. 5 - Mandaville, Molly. To Buddy Maurice Adler. Concerning questions of Isobel Lennart about the foot-binding references in the motion picture The Inn of the sixth happiness.

T. (carbon) L. 1 p. 30 cm.

  • On Twentieth Century-Fox inter-office stationary.

Removed from Lennart, Isobel. The Inn of the sixth happiness : Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958 (Lilly PN6120.S42 I57). 1985


1958, Feb. 5 - Mandaville, Molly. To Buddy Maurice Adler. Concerning "the way the 'foot-binding' was handled in the first script" of the motion picture The Inn of the sixth happiness.

T. (carbon) L. 5 p. 30 cm.

  • On Twentieth Century-Fox inter-office stationary.

Removed from Lennart, Isobel. The Inn of the sixth happiness : Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958 (Lilly PN6120.S42 I57). 1985


1958 - [ The Defiant Ones : production notes.

A.D. 1 p. 36 cm.

  • In pencil and pen on yellow lined paper.
  • Pencilled squares on verso.

Removed from The Defiant Ones by Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith. Hollywood, Lomitas Productions, 1958 (Lilly PN6120.S42 D313). 1981


1958 - Robson, Mark, 1913-1978, motion picture director. To Buddy Maurice Adler. Commenting on and returning copy of scenes from the script for the motion picture The Inn of the sixth happiness.

T.D. 1 p. 30 cm.

  • Copy-headed: "Mark Robson's letter to Mr. A."
  • Enclosed are carbons of p. 75 and 75A of script, p. 75 with a pencilled annotation in shorthand.

Removed from Isobel Lennart. The Inn of the sixth happiness : Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958 (Lilly PN6120.S42 I57). 1985


1960 - Sergeant Rutledge (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

104 x 69 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1960. Warner Bros. Pictures.

Gift. 1989


1961, Oct. 3 - Foote, Horton, 1916-, writer. To kill a mockingbird; first draft screenplay.

T. & T. (carbon) D. [160 p.] 28 cm.

  • In green covers.
  • Front cover has printed note: "Property of Universal-International Pictures, Universal City, California" and holograph note: "Master Copy."
  • Holograph annotations and revisions throughout.
  • Pages dated 9/12/61, 9/25/61, 9/26/61.
  • Another copy, with revisions until 12/19/61.

Purchase. 1987


1961 - Two rode together (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

104 x 69 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1961 by Columbia Pictures Corporation.

Gift. 1989


1964, Feb. 12 - Williams, Elmo, 1913-, motion picture producer. Suggested continuity for "Our mother's house."

T. (carbon) D. 27 p. 26 cm.

  • For the motion picture Our mother's house.

Removed from Eleanor Perry. Our mother's house. Twentieth Century Fox, 1964 (Lilly PN6120.S42 O937). 1985


1964, Feb. ? - Williams, Elmo, 1913, motion picture producer. Our mother's house; suggested changes in Eleanor Perry's first draft screenplay.

T. (carbon) D. 12 p. 26 cm.

Removed from Eleanor Perry. Our mother's house. Twentieth Century Fox, 1964 (Lilly PN6120.S42 O937). 1985


1964 - Cheyenne autumn (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

104 x 69 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1964 Warner Bros. Pictures.

Gift. 1989


1966 - 7 women (motion picture) [Film poster]. map case

104 x 69 cm.

  • Printed.
  • In color.
  • Copyright 1965 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Gift. 1989


1968, July 1 - Corwin, Norman Lewis, 1910-. 10401 Wellworth Avenue, Los Angeles, California. To William Rea Cagle, Indiana University, [Bloomington, Indiana]. He is sending some photographs and an excerpt from a manuscript in preparation concerning an interview with Sergei Mikkailovich Eisenstein, conducted by Lee Bland, while on a trip around the world as a recipient of the One World Award established in memory of Wendell Willkie.

T.L.S. 1 p. 27 cm.

  • Accompanied by a photocopy of an excerpt (pages 109-113) from the manuscript of the interview between Eisenstein and Lee Bland; two photographs of Sergei Eisenstein, Lee Bland and Nicholas Borodin; one photograph of Eisenstein and Bland; a letter from William R. Cagle to Eisenstein, July 11, 1968 (carbon); with negatives of the photographs.

Presented to Lilly Library by Norman Corwin. 1968


1969, July 25 - Westley, Trudy, film studio official. London. To Duncan G. Cassell. Has just sent the screenplay for The Dubious Patriots for approval; work on the picture has already begun.

Photostat. 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Initialed in ink.
  • Addressed: Dear Duncan.

Removed from Nichols, Peter. Joe Egg: a film script . London: Domino Productions, 1969 (Lilly PN6120.S42 D2735), 1982


1969, Oct. 29 - Westley, Trudy, film studio official. London. To George Edward Marshall, Jnr. Has sent the screen play for Joe Egg by Peter Nichols for approval.

Photostat. 1 p. 26 cm.

  • Addressed: Dear George.

Removed from Nichols, Peter. Joe Egg: a film script . London: Domino Productions, 1969 (Lilly PN6120.S42 D2735), 1982


1986 - [Photographs relating to the motion picture The Masters of disaster.]

12.7 x 17.8 cm.

  • Ten photographs: publicity, production and movie stills.
  • Accompanied by a printed advertisement and press releases.

Gift. 1987


ca. 1986 - Color still from the movie The Untouchables.

20.3cm. x 25.3cm

Gift. 2002


1991, Aug. 21 - Pizzo, Angelo. Hickory.

First draft [screenplay] T.D., 67p. 28cm.

Gift. 2001


n.d. Autry, Gene, 1907-1998.

Autograph. in black ink. 6.25cm x 21.6cm. Attached to sheet 32.4 x 24.2cm.

Gift. 2003


n.d. - Haycox, Ernest, 1899-1950, author. Stage to Lordsburg.

Mimeo. 23 p. 30 cm.

  • In blue cover, with notation: Property of Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
  • Story on which motion picture Stagecoach was based.
  • Story first appeared Colliers, vol. 99 (Apr. 10, 1937): 18-19 (AP2.C7); later collected in Ernest Haycox, By rope and lead, Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1951 (Lilly PS3515. A933 B9).

Purchase. 1983


n.d. MacDonald, Jeanette, 1903-1965.

Autograph. in red pencil across 1/2 western union telegram sheet, 12.5cm. x 17cm. Attached to sheet 24.7cm x 22cm.

Gift. 2003


n.d. - Photograph of "Hoosier Hop" dance number in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, It's a Great Life, temporarily titled Cotton and Silk, a Duncan sisters' talkie, directed by Sam Wood.

28 x 35.5 cm.

  • Photograph number: 448-x-17.
  • Identification from label pasted on verso.

Gift. 1981


n.d. - Strick, Joseph, 1923-, motion picture director, and Fred Haines, screen writer. James Joyce's Ulysses.

Carbon and T.D. [121 p.] 28 cm.

  • First draft screenplay.
  • With occasional corrections in pencil.
  • Pages 24 and 25 were not written in this draft.
  • Pages 51ABCD are typed and inserted between 49 and 50.
  • Insert 63 is typed and located between 60 and 61.
  • Play appears to be incomplete or unfinished, ending on numbered page 120.
  • Accompanied by a typed statement criticizing the screen play On title page: Property of City Film Corporation, ... New York, N.Y.
  • In brown binder.
  • Varies somewhat from the screenplay by Strick and Haines as produced by the Ulysses Film Production Ltd., London, England, in 1967 (Lilly PN6120. S42 U47).

Purchase. 1975

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