Philip Van Doren Stern-Elmer Harris correspondence,

Title
Philip Van Doren Stern-Elmer Harris correspondence, 1939-1940.
Author
Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-1984.

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Biography (note)
  • Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a historian, social critic, editor and author, best known for the short story which became the source for the 1946 film IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
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*T-Mss 2003-049
Author
Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-1984.
Title
Philip Van Doren Stern-Elmer Harris correspondence, 1939-1940.
Summary
The correspondence between Elmer Harris and Philip Van Doren Stern dates from April 1939 to January 1940, and concerns Harris' stage adaptation of Stern's book THE MAN WHO KILLED LINCOLN, concerning the last days of John Wilkes Booth. Also taking part in the correspondence was producer Joseph M. Gaites (1873-1940), who initiated the theatrical project and selected Harris as adaptor, and who occasionally wrote to Stern with updates on the production, and on the Hollywood producers said to be interested in motion picture rights to the play. The Stern-Harris letters discuss Booth and the historical facts concerning Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the portrayal of Booth in Stern's book and in the play, and matters concerning the production such as scenery and possible casting choices. Harris' outline which details the play scene by scene is included with an early letter. The play eventually premiered at the Longacre Theatre on January 17, 1940, but closed three days later after only five performances. No film version was made.
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Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a historian, social critic, editor and author, best known for the short story which became the source for the 1946 film IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Elmer Harris (1878-1966) was a playwright and screenwriter, best known for his play and film JOHNNY BELINDA.
Added Author
Harris, Elmer, 1878-1966.
Gaites, Joseph M.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2003-049
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