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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.129) 1939
"It's the Pictures That Got Small"

Anthony Slide

Columbia University Press

In these diary entries written between January and December 1939, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett lists his activities: boarding the train, along with Billy Wilder and his wife for Los Angeles; going with Wilder to Ernst Lubitsch's house to get a brief and prejudiced summary of the script Ninotchka; having tea with F. Scott Fitzgerald; finishing the What a Life script; touching up work on the script Portrait in Diamonds at Paramount; working on the bedroom scene Adventure in Diamonds; discussing a new assignment with Wilder based on Shall We Join the Ladies?, a 1928 play in one act by J. M. Barrie; receiving a letter from Cora Witherspoon asking for a loan to get her back to New York; having luncheon with Marc Connelly and Garson Kanin; finishing Christopher Isherwood's Mr. Norris Changes Trains and beginning Imperial Twilight; and rewriting Preston Sturges's part of the script Triumph over Pain/The Great Moment.

Keywords:   Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Ninotchka, Portrait in Diamonds, Paramount, Adventure in Diamonds, Marc Connelly

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