The Paradine Case, First draft adaptation by Estabrook (Hecht script doctor, uncredited), Aug. 2, 1933
Scope and Content of the Collection
Filmscripts as well as material associated with those scripts, dating from early treatments of The Paradine Case in 1933 (later a 1947 Hitchcock film on which Hecht worked uncredited) to a 1968 screenplay by Abram S. Ginnes based on a collection of Hecht pieces entitled Gaily, Gaily.
The scripts and other writing in this collection for which Hecht received credit are: A Farewell to Arms, Monkey Business (originally, Darling, I am Growing Younger), Notorious, Ride a Pink Horse, Spellbound, and Wuthering Heights. The bulk of the collection consists of material associated with Hecht’s Hollywood career as an uncredited script doctor, most notably Duel in the Sun, Gone with the Wind, The Paradine Case, and Portrait of Jennie. The two manuscript items relating to Gone with the Wind are interesting: a shooting script for the first part of the movie with copious penciled annotations, and four production memos written on Selznick International Pictures, Inc. stationery. These two items, plus the final shooting script for Ride a Pink Horse, are boxed separately and placed at the end of the collection.
The range of material includes not only scripts in various stages, but such miscellaneous items as cutting and dialogue continuity, Spanish dialogue, footage schedules, physical descriptions, story treatments, music lists, outlines, research, publicity handouts and trailer continuity.
- Creation: Aug. 2, 1933
- From the Collection: Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The Ben Hecht filmscript collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).