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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 1938, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett lists his activities: going to the exhibition of pictures shown by an Italian named Emanuele Castelbarco and sponsored by Grace Moore; watching a rough cut of Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, for which he wrote the script in collaboration with Billy Wilder; reading reviews for The Big Broadcast; meeting with Ernst Lubitsch for the retakes of Bluebeard's Eighth Wife; trying to get Dudley Nichols to go to the Academy dinner and accept his Informer award; learning about his speaking engagement at the Screen Writers Guild meeting about the Motion Picture Relief Fund; attending a conference with Joseph Pasternak, the director who is going to do That Certain Age, and Wilder; attending a conference with Eddie Ludwig and Hugh Herbert; and going to a luncheon at 20th Century-Fox for Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior.

Keywords:   Billy Wilder, The Big Broadcast, Ernst Lubitsch, Screen Writers Guild, Joseph Pasternak, Harold Ickes

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