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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 1942, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett lists his activities: going to see Louisiana Purchase, declared by Y. Frank Freeman as the best picture Paramount ever made; having lunch with Sam Goldwyn at his studio, together with Billy Wilder; waking to news that actress Carole Lombard had died in a plane crash with twenty other passengers while returning from a bond selling tour; having lunch with Rosalind Russell and her agent as well as Bill Dover of the Feldman office and Frederick Brisson; litening to Winston Churchill's speech announcing the surrender of Singapore; conferring with Nat Deverich regarding Paramount contract and contract terms; consulting with Wilder, Bill Dozier, and Buddy De Sylva about Eighty Days around the World; having lunch with Alice Duer Miller, who arrived from Tucson, Arizona; ran Dishonored, an old spy picture with Marlene Dietrich; meeting David Selznick to tell him the story of Five Graves to Cairo.

Keywords:   Louisiana Purchase, Paramount, Sam Goldwyn, Billy Wilder, Carole Lombard, David Selznick

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