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Five Came Back (Original screenplay for the 1939 film)

by Dalton Trumbo Jerry Cady (screenwriters); John Farrow (director); Jerry Cady (screenwriter); Chester Morris, Lucille Ball (starring)

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1939
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Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1939. Estimating script for the 1939 film. In his 1970 biography of West, Jay Martin notes: "On June 6, 1938 [West] was hired for his 'established' salary of $350 a week by RKO Pictures-the first of five major studios to employ him-to make a screenplay from an original story by Richard Carroll.… Read more
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Hotel Imperial (Original screenplay for the 1939 film)

by Robert Florey (director); Lajos Biro (play); Gilbert Gabriel, Robert Thoeren (screenwriter)s; Isa Miranda, Ray Milland, Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, J. Carrol Naish (starring)

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Published
1938
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$175.00

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Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1938. Draft script for the 1939 film, with two annotations in holograph pencil on front wrapper including names of screenwriters "G Gabriel" and "R. Thoeren." Paramount "File Copy" stamp, "File Copy" stamp, "Master File" stamp and production number stamp "812" on front wrapper. Based on the 1917 play by Lajos Biro and previously… Read more
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Five Star Final (Original photograph from the 1931 film)

by Boris Karloff Edward G. Robinson (starring); Mervyn LeRoy (director); Louis Weitzenkorn (play); Byron Morgan, Robert Lord (screenwriters); Marian Marsh (starring)

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Published
1931
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$225.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1931. Vintage oversize reference photograph from the 1931 pre-Code film, showing actor Edward G. Robinson surrounded by newsroom staff. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Based on the 1930 play by Louis Weitzenkorn. The beleaguered managing editor of a flagging tabloid newspaper attempts to resurrect the publication's readership by reinvestigating… Read more
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We Live Again (Original photograph from the 1934 film)

by Rouben Mamoulian (director); Kenneth Alexander (photographer); Leo Tolstoy (novel); Maxwell Anderson, Preston Sturges (screenwriters); Fredric March, Anna Sten (starring)

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Published
1934
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N.p.: N.p., 1934. Vintage borderless matte-finish double-weight reference photograph from the 1934 film, showing a tender moment between actors Anna Sten and Fredric March. With the stamp of still photographer Kenneth Alexander on the verso. Based on Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novel "Resurrection." A Russian prince seduces an innocent young servant, leading to her pregnancy and subsequent termination… Read more
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Anna Karenina (Original photograph from the 1935 film)

by Leo Tolstoy (novel); Clarence Brown (director); S.N. Behrman, Clemence Dane (screenwriters); Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone (starring)

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Published
1935
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$300.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1935. Vintage reference photograph from the 1935 film, showing Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina on the train voyage home, draped in furs and wistfully looking out the window. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Based on the classic 1877 novel by Leo Tolstoy, about a young woman whose loveless marriage… Read more
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Original photograph of Jack Warner and J. Walton Brown, circa 1938

by Jack; Warner J. Walton Brown (subjects); Schuyler Crail (photographer)

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1938
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$300.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1938. Vintage matte-finish photograph of Canadian-American film mogul Jack Warner and Warner Brothers sales manager J. Walton Brown in conversation with an unknown third man, circa 1938. With the stamp of photographer Schuyler Crail on the verso, along with holograph ink and pencil annotations. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. 10… Read more
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Secret Agent (Original photograph from the 1936 film)

by Alfred Hitchcock (director); Campbell Dixon (play); W. Somerset Maugham (novel); Charles Bennett, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenwriters); Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, John Gielgud, Robert Young (starring)

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Published
1936
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$875.00

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N.p.: Gaumont British Picture Corporation, 1936. Vintage portrait photograph of actor Peter Lorre from the 1936 film. With a printed mimeo snipe affixed to the verso, along with holograph pencil annotations, several agency stamps, and a date stamp reading 6 JAN 1936. Based on Campbell Dixon's 1936 play, which was based in turn on two stories in the… Read more
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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Collection of 8 original photographs from the 1930 film)

by Stan; Laurel Oliver Hardy (starring); James Parrott (director); H.M. Walker (screenwriter)

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Published
1930
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$650.00

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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1930. Collection of eight vintage reference photographs from the 1930 comedy short film. Notable as the first short by the duo where Hardy says to Laurel, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" A parody of the 1927 silent film "The Cat and the Canary," with Stan and Ollie spending the… Read more
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Elephant Boy (Original photograph from the 1937 film)

by Sabu; W.E. Holloway, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes (starring); Robert J. Flaherty, Zoltan Korda (directors); Rudyard Kipling (story); John Collier, Akos Tolnay, Marcia De Silva (screenwriters)

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Published
1937
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N.p.: N.p., 1937. Vintage reference photograph from the 1937 film, showing actor Sabu. With a mimeo label snipe affixed to the verso, along with the stamps of National Film Archive library. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Based on Rudyard Kipling's story "Toomai of the Elephants," which originally appeared in Kipling's 1895… Read more
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Archive of advertising and photographs for portable 35mm film projectors

by [Film Projectors]

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Published
1931
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$475.00

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New York: International Projector Corporation, 1931. Archive consisting of an original sales brochure and eleven photographs for portable Acme-Simplex 35mm film projectors, from 1931. The Simplex projector line was one of the most popular US brands from the silent era until the transition to digital projection in the 1990s. Portable projectors were available in both silent and sound… Read more
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Mata Hari (Original screenplay for the 1931 film)

by George Fitzmaurice (director); Benjamiin Glazer, Leo Birinski (screenwriter); Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone (starring)

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1931
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1931. Draft script for the 1931 film, with annotations in holograph pencil, primarily in later half of script, largely regarding dialogue, but also setting and shots. A largely fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, exotic dancer and courtesan, who was executed by France for espionage during World War I. A… Read more
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Breaking the Ice (Original photograph of Eddie Cline on the set of the 1938 film)

by Eddie Cline (director); Mary McCall Jr., Manuel Seff, Bernard Schubert (screenwriters); Bobby Breen, Charles Ruggles, Dolores Costello, Irene Dare (starring)

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Published
1938
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Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1938. Vintage reference photograph of director Eddie Cline behind the camera on the set of the 1938 film. With a printed mimeo snipe affixed to the verso, along with a RKO Radio Pictures stamp. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. A young Mennonite boy runs away from… Read more
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Big City (Original photograph from the 1937 film)

by Frank Borzage (director); Dore Schary, Hugo Butler (screenwriters); Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy (starring)

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Published
1937
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1937. Vintage reference photograph from the 1937 film, showing actors Spencer Tracy and Luise Rainer at a street sign for Times Square. With holograph annotations on the verso. A gang bombing is wrongly blamed on a taxi driver's pregnant wife, leading New York city officials to threaten to deport her. Set and… Read more
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O-Kay for Sound (Original photograph of Chesney Allen and Graham Moffat on the set of the 1937 film)

by Marcel Varnel (director); Bert Lee, R.P. Weston (play); Marriott Edgar, Val Guest (screenwriters); Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen (starring)

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Published
1937
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$350.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1937. Vintage publicity photograph from the set of the 1937 film, showing actors Chesney Allen, Graham Moffat, and other crew members posing around a camera setup. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Allen and Moffat were members of the Crazy Gang, a group of British entertainers formed in the 1930s… Read more
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Archive of 19 original screenplays for comedy shorts starring Slim Summerville, 1930-1932

by Slim Summerville (starring); Harry J. Edwards, Stephen R. Robinson (directors); Francis J. Martin, James Mulhauser, Sidney Levee (screenwriters)

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Published
1932
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Universal City: Universal, 1932. Archive of 19 draft scripts for comedy shorts produced by Universal Pictures between 1930-1932 and starring Slim Summerville. Eight scripts with holograph pencil annotations throughout. An actor and director whose career spanned both the silent and sound eras, Summerville got his start in Mack Sennett's Keystone Kop shorts. Contemporary to the scripts in… Read more
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Our Daily Bread (Original photograph of the film's premiere at the Chicago World Fair, 1934)

by King Vidor (director, story); Elizabeth Hill, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenwriters); Karen Morley, Tom Keene, John Qualen, Barbara Pepper (starring)

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Published
1934
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$75.00

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Los Angeles: United Artists, 1934. Vintage press photograph of the film's premiere at the Chicago World Fair, at the "Century of Progress" exhibition, on July 30, 1934. The premiere was reported as being attended by 15,000 people, including international celebrities, civic and industrial leaders, newspapermen, and five governors. In early October, 1934 the film had a special White House… Read more
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20,000 Men a Year (Original screenplay for the 1939 film)

by Alfred E. Green (director); Lou Breslow, Owen Francis (screenwriters); Randolph Scott, Preston Foster, Margaret Lindsay (starring)

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Published
1939
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Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1939. Final script for the 1939 film. With a single holograph pencil notation to the front wrapper. A commercial pilot grounded for reckless flying decides to start his own flying school, which becomes the profitable hub of a new government-funded civilian pilots' training program. Blue titled wrappers, noted as FINAL on the… Read more
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Border Flight (Original screenplay for the 1936 film)

by Otho Lovering (director); Stuart Anthony, Arthur J. Beckhard (screenwriters); Frances Farmer, John Howard (starring)

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Published
1935
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1935. Draft script for the 1936 film. With a single holograph pencil notation to the front wrapper, incomplete as stamped. Lieutenant Pat Tornell, a pilot newly sworn into the US Coast Guard's airborne division, realizes he will be working closely with his former school rival, Lieutenant Dan Conlon. The two men try to outperform each… Read more
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The Eagle and the Hawk (Original screenplay for the 1933 film)

by Stuart Walker (director); Seton L. Miller, Bogart Rogers (screenwriters); Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard (starring)

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Published
1933
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1933. First Draft script for the 1933 film. With holograph pencil annotations to the front wrapper. Lt. Henry Crocker, a blithe Royal Air Force pilot, realizes that the constant violence of war is beginning to take a harsh toll on Lt. Jerry Young, his flying ace buddy, who is showing signs of cracking up. When… Read more
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Egy, ketto, harom [One, Two, Three][The President] (Original script for the 1930 play)

by Ferenc Molnar (playwright)

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Published
1930
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N.p.: N.p., 1930. Draft script for the 1930 Hungarian play, issued circa 1970s. Text in English. Basis for Billy Wilder's 1961 comedy "One, Two, Three." A bank president is informed by his wealthy young ward Lydia that she has eloped with her Communist taxi driver boyfriend Harry Foot-and moreover, that the two are expecting. When he hears that… Read more
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