Friday, January 28, 2011

Shooting Script

Rauner holds a collection of film scripts that was established in memory of Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg.  Started in 1937 with a donation by Walter Wagner, the collection has grown to almost 2500 items.  One of these scripts is from Cecille B. DeMille's 1938 version of The Buccaneer, which starred Fredric March and Franciska Gaal.  The copy held by Rauner was presented to the library by DeMille and includes the cast list which is partially handwritten and shows several substitutions for various roles.  Also included in the script are numerous film frames laid in next to the relevant dialog.  The frame here is from "Sequence B."

LAFITTE   
What makes you think I'm not a gentleman?

GRETCHEN
Your rings tell me --


Other scripts include newspaper clippings and reviews as well as stills from the film and behind the scenes.  The 1944 version of the thriller Gaslight starred Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman.  They are shown here "relaxing" off screen with director George Cukor.

To see The Buccaneer script, ask for Scripts 37.  To see the Gaslight script, ask for Scripts 2238.  A complete list of all of the scripts is also available.

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