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The Great McGinty [Down Went McGinty] (Original screenplay for the 1940 film)

by Preston Sturges (director, screenwriter); Brian Donlevy, William Demarest (starring)

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Published
1939
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1939. Master File script for the 1940 film "The Great McGinty," seen here under the working title, "Down Went McGinty," corrected in red pencil to "The Great McGinty." This revision contains an appropriately unusual and rather whimsical foreword by Sturges, with two earlier titles, "Biography of a Bum" and "The Vagrant," cited on the second and… Read more
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Easy Living (Original photograph of Ray Milland, Mitchell Leisen, and Jean Arthur from the set of the 1937 film)

by Mitchell Leisen (director); Vera Caspary (short story); Preston Sturges (screenwriter); Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland (starring)

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Published
1937
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N.p.: N.p., 1937. Vintage double weight reference photograph of director Mitchell Leisen demonstrating how to kiss Jean Arthur while Ray Milland looks on, from the 1937 film. Based on the 1937 short story by Vera Caspary. During the Great Depression, obscenely wealthy baker J.B. Ball (Edward Arnold), angered at his wife's (Mary Nash) spending, throws her… Read more
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That Wonderful Urge (Original treatment script for the 1948 film)

by Robert B. Sinclair (director); Jay Dratler, William R. Lipman, Lynn Starling (screenwriters); Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Reginald Gardiner (starring)

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Published
1947
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N.p.: N.p., 1947. Treatment script for the 1947 film, here under the working title "That Wonderful Urge." Accompanying the film are several production documents, including multiple sets of revision pages and two interdepartmental typed notes on Twentieth Century-Fox letterhead. A very interesting piece of Hollywood history: the script here reads as a remake of the 1940 film, "He… Read more
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Say It in French (Original screenplay for the 1938 film)

by Andrew L. Stone (director); Jacques Deval (play); Frederick J. Jackson (screenwriter); Ray Milland, Olympe Bradna, Irene Hervey (starring)

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Published
1938
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Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1938. Draft script for the 1938 film. Paramount "File Copy" and "Master File" stamps on front wrapper. Script divided into sequences, as was customary for the period. Harebrained comedy wherein international golf champion Richard "Ricky" Carrington Jr. (Ray Milland) returns home to New York with his new Parisian wife Julie (Olympe Bradna) only… Read more
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Topper: An Improbable Adventure (Roland Young's copy, inscribed)

by Thorne Smith

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Published
1926
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New York: Robert M McBride, 1926. Second printing. INSCRIBED by the author to Roland Young, who played Cosmo Topper in the legendary 1937 screwball comedy (as well as its two sequels): "To Roland Young: The most disarming "gentleman Johnnie" that ever advanced the lines of G.B.S. [George Bernard Shaw]. From Thorne Smith." Roland Young's bookplate is opposite… Read more
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The Feminine Touch [Female of the Species] (Original screenplay for the 1941 film, Van Heflin's working copy)

by W.S. Van Dyke (director); George Oppenheimer (screenwriter); Edmund L. Hartmann (screenwriter); Ogden Nash (screenwriter)

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Published
1941
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1941. Draft script for the 1941 film. Actor Van Heflin's copy. A delightful comedy about a man who does not believe in jealousy, much to the annoyance of his lovely wife, who constantly finds herself accosted by other men. Lacking front wrapper, rear wrapper is goldenrod, as used by Van… Read more
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Harper Valley PTA (Original screenplay for the 1978 film)

by Richard C. Bennett (director); George Edwards and Barry Schneider (screenwriters); Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox (starring)

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Published
1977
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Los Angeles: April Fools Productions, 1977. First Draft script for the 1978 film. Barbara Eden plays a quirky, resourceful cosmetic saleswoman Stella Johnson who, after her young daughter is singled out by the nosey PTA for her mother's liberal lifestyle, decides to take on the organization using any means necessary, with comedic results. Basis for the 1981… Read more
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Hal Roach archive of letters relating to the promotion of "Topper" (1937)

by Hal Roach (producer); George Hurrell (photographer); Constance Bennett, Cary Grant (starring)

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Published
1937
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N.p.: N.p., 1937. Small archive of letters from the Hal Roach Studios archive, all relating to the promotion of the 1937 film. 11 letters in all, dated throughout 1937. Very nice content, 3 of which are address to the Hal Roach Studios, having to do with the promotion of Constance Bennett in the film. Noteworthy among these… Read more
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The Lady Eve (Original double weight photograph of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck from the 1941 film)

by Preston Sturges (director, screenwriter); Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda (starring); G.E. Richardson (photographer)

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Published
1941
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1941. Vintage double weight studio still photograph of hapless Henry Fonda and beguiling Barbara Stanwyck from the 1941 film. Rubber stamp on the verso, dated December 4, 1940, indicating that Hollywood Advisory Council (i.e., Hayes Office) has approved the photo as not being scandalous. 8 x 10 inches. Fine. National Film Registry.… Read more
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The Lady Eve (Original photograph of Preston Sturges and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of the 1941 film)

by Preston Sturges (director, screenwriter); Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda (starring); G.E. Richardson (photographer)

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Published
1941
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1941. Single weight borderless photograph of director Preston Sturges and Barbara Stanwyck working on the set of "The Lady Eve" in 1941. Rubber stamp crediting Paramount photographer G.E. Richardson on the verso, with a corresponding date stamp of April 7, 1941, and a mimeo snipe printed on same describing the scene. 9.5 x 7.5… Read more
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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (Original candid photograph from the set of the 1949 film)

by Preston Sturges (director); Betty Grable (starring)

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Published
1949
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Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949. Vintage black and white still photograph from the 1949 film, a candid shot of Grable and Sturges on the set. Rubber stamped with the date DEC 1948 (the film opened in May 1949), and with a snipe on the verso reading: "Betty Grable, dirty face and all, stands with producer-director Preston Sturges between shooting… Read more
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The Admiral Was a Lady (Original photograph from the 1950 film)

by Albert S. Rogell (director); John O'Dean, Sidney Salkow (screenwriters); Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix, Rudy Vallee (starring)

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Published
1950
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Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists, 1950. Vintage black-and-white still photograph from a re-release (presumed) of the 1950 film. Wanda Hendrix plays a WAVE officer endlessly pursued by ex-airman Edmond O'Brien (among others). However, she only has eyes for her boyfriend Dick Erdman, who is on the lam from vengeful millionaire Rudy Vallee. 8 x 10… Read more
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Practically Yours (Post-production script for the 1944 film)

by Mitchell Leisen (director, producer); Norman Krasna (screenwriter); Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray (starring)

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Published
1945
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1945. Post-production Title List for Foreign Language Versions script for the 1944 film. The popular screen team of Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray stars in this wartime farce. MacMurray is an army pilot who develops engine trouble during a vital mission. Thinking he's about to die, MacMurray radios back his undying affection for his… Read more
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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer [Suddenly It's Spring] (Original screenplay for the 1947 film)

by Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee (starring); Sidney Sheldon (screenwriter); Irving Reis (director)

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Published
1945
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Los Angeles: Selznick International Pictures / Vanguard Films, 1945. First Draft script for the 1947 screwball comedy, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" (here under its working title, "Suddenly It's Spring"), directed by Irving Reis, written for the screen by Sidney Sheldon, and starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, and Rudy Vallee. A late but important entry… Read more
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1935. Dashiell Hammett's original submitted Treatment script for the first sequel to "The Thin Man," here referred to only as "Thin Man Sequel," and ultimately titled "After the Thin Man." With a single holograph correction by Hammett, and letter of provenance from Hammett's daughter Josephine Hammett Marshall regarding the discovery of the treatment in… Read more
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