In these diary entries written between January and December 1949, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett lists his activities: working at the studio with Billy Wilder but failing to advance the script they were writing; reading The African Queen, not very impressed with it as story possibility; discussing The Heiress with Wilder and D. M. Marshman; talking with agent Leland Hayward; going to The Blue Danube restaurant with Wilder and future wife Audrey; having a talk with D. A. Doran, who wanted Brackett to take on a great project about Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand; having a talk with Y. Frank Freeman about pictures Brackett made the previous year; hearing the score for “A Strange Garden”; attending Clifton Webb's birthday party; working with Wilder for Sunset Blvd. commentary; and having a conference with Walter Reisch at the studio.
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