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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.|
|Curatorial Unit||Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers|
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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."Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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.