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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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(p.359) 1949
"It's the Pictures That Got Small"

Anthony Slide

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   Billy Wilder, The Heiress, D. A. Doran, Y. Frank Freeman, Clifton Webb, Sunset Blvd, Walter Reisch

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