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"It's the Pictures That Got Small"Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age$
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Anthony Slide

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167086

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167086.001.0001

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"It's the Pictures That Got Small"

Anthony Slide

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   Gary Cooper, A to Z, Billy Wilder, Paramount, Sam Goldwyn, Ball of Fire

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