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Collection Number: 12001

Collection Title: Motion Picture Scripts, 1930s-1950s

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 58 items)
Abstract The collection consists of motion picture scripts assembled in 1955 by Earl Wynn and John Ehle of the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina. The scripts are representative of most the major motion picture studios operative in the United States at the time.
Creator Various
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Transferred from the University of North Carolina general library collections in 1962.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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From "Recent Acquisitions," a publication of the University Library, University of North Carolina, 26 December 1955:

"Through the driving force of Earl Wynn and John Ehle--and through the generosity and good offices of our staunch friends, Paul Green and Kay Kyser--we have acquired an interesting collection of motion picture scripts, numbering nearly 75 [sic] items. Eight scripts, including Red Shoes Run Faster, Lady for a Day, and The Rickenbacker Story, were donated by Paul Green from his personal collection, in addition to the dozen or more he had earlier deposited in the North Carolina Collection (e.g., David Harum, Dr. Bull, Carolina--the last an adaptation of Green's House of Connelly by Reginald Berkeley). Another collection of thirteen Twentieth Century Fox screen plays was obtained by Paul Green from Mrs. Marvin Stahl, among them: Jesse James, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road and four other Nunnally Johnson versions; Slave Ship, on which Sam Hellman and William Faulkner worked; Wilson; Cavalcade. A half dozen Columbia Pictures scripts were acquired through Jerry Wald, a Columbia Producer--e.g., The Franz Liszt Story, River of the Sun, The Gilded Rooster. The seven MGM stories, sent by Mr. F. L. Hendrickson, are closely restricted (for example not to be taken from the Library building except for classroom use). Included in the MGM group are The Prodigal, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Glass Slipper. The Walt Disney Productions collection--obtained through the persuasion of Kay Kyser from Disney Vice-President Gunther R. Lessing--is also restricted to protect the Disney interests, but not in such a way as to hamper our teaching and research use of it. Familiar titles are Cinderella, Robin Hood, Treasure Island, The Vanishing Prairie. Nine Warner Brothers scripts, the gift of David W. Butler, include April in Paris, The Talisman, House of Wax. The Robe (Twentieth Century Fox) script was given by the producer, Frank Ross, to Mr. Jack Spooner who in turn placed it in our collection. Among the other items of the collection is Modoc (renamed Drum Beat), given by the author, Delmar Daves. The Department of Radio, Television and Motion Pictures regards this collection as a promising nucleus, of great value as a teaching device, which it plans to expand greatly, but selectively, into a major research collection. There are few other University collections of this kind in the United States and no other, to our knowledge, located in the South."

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The collection consists of motion picture scripts assembled in 1955 by Earl Wynn and John Ehle of the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina. The scripts are representative of most the major motion picture studios operative in the United States at the time.

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58 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Motion picture scripts assembled in 1955 by Earl Wynn and John Ehle of the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina. The scripts are representative of most the major motion picture studios operative in the United States at the time.

Box 1

Ah, Wilderness (Eugene O'Neill) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

All About Eve #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

All This and Heaven, Too (part 1) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

Always Sweethearts #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

April in Paris #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

Casablanca #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

Cavalcade (Noel Coward) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

Cell 2455, Death Row #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 1

Box 2

Cinderella #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

The Deserter #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

Donald's Diary #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

Executive Suite #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

The Franz Liszt Story #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

Frontier (Reminiscences of a Cowboy) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

The Gilded Rooster #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

The Glass Slipper #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 2

Box 3

The Grapes of Wrath #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

The Green Years (A. J. Cronin) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

Jesse James #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

Jump Into Hell #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

Lady for a Day #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

The Last Slaver #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 3

Box 4

The Last Time I Saw Paris #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

The Life and Times of Beau Brummell #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Lullaby of Broadway #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Modoc (Drum Beat) (The Story of Johnny Mackey, Indian Fighter) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Modoc #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

The Moon Is Down #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

The Mudlark #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Picnic #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Prisoner of War #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 4

Box 5

The Prodigal #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

Red Shoes Run Faster #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

The Rickenbacker Story #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

River of the Sun #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

The Robe #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

Robin Hood #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 5

Box 6

Romeo and Juliet #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

Roseanna McCoy (Paul Green) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

Roseanna McCoy #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

San Antonio (part 1) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

Saturday's Children #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

The Sea Hawk (part 1) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

The Sobbin' Woman #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

State Fair #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 6

Box 7

The Sword and the Rose #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

The Talisman #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

Three Came Home #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

Three Comrades (Erich Maria Remarque) #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

The Time, the Place, and the Girl #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

Tobacco Road #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 7

Box 8

Treasure Island #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

The Valiant Virginians #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

The Vanishing Prairie #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

Wilson #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

Where's Charley #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

The Wax Works #12001, Series: "Motion Picture Scripts." Box 8

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