In these diary entries written between January and December 1941, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett lists his activities: met Gary Cooper for the story A to Z; read Arsenic and Old Lace to Billy Wilder and went to see the B picture Tall, Dark and Handsome; conferring with Wilder regarding Hold Back the Dawn; having lunch at Paramount; writing A to Z until Wilder was called aside by the Orsatti Brothers, who wanted to buy up Rosalie Stewart's contract; having a conference with Sam Goldwyn; finished outline of Dust on My Heart with Wilder; hearing on the radio the news of the sinking of The Hood, one of the capital ships of the British Navy; writing a foreword for Ball of Fire; discussing Polonaise with Wilder; eating luncheon with Sam Spiegel and Boris Morros; and waking to the news that Germany had declared war on the United States and Italy.
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