Screenplay for Gretta

Screenplay for Gretta

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: First International Pictures.
Creator: Yordan, Philip
Title: Screenplay for Gretta
Dates: circa 1956-1980
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1649 to MS 1656)
Coll. Number: ms1652(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Erskine Preston Caldwell was born in White Oak, Coweta County, Georgia. The financial rewards of his writing successes, however, did not come for some time, and in 1933 Caldwell went west to try his luck as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He later described his intermittent, twenty-year association with film writing as a "toilsome and far-from-happy career," saying that in terms of his ability to write fiction it was "just a waste of time" but that it gave him a comfortable income when he dearly needed it. The novels and stories that Caldwell wrote during the 1950s -- Gretta (1955), Gulf Coast Stories (1956), Certain Women (1957), and Claudelle Inglish (1958 )-- all showed an interest in the psychology and particularly the sexual behavior of neurotic women. Caldwell attributed this emphasis partly to his unhappy personal relationships, although more skeptical critics suspected his willingness to trade profitably on a reputation as "America's Most Censored Author." --- American National Biography Online. Retrieved 3/23/2009.

Philip Yordan was born in 1914 and died in 2003. He was a talented screenwriter who wrote in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He produced several films as well. His films include The Chase (1946), the Harder They Fall (1956), and the Bravados (1958). He also helped assist other screenwriters and producers, earning him credit on many other films. He wrote the screenplay for "Gretta" seen in this collection.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the screenplay for First International Pictures' production of Erskine Caldwell's novel Gretta. The screenplay was written by Philip Yordan. Yordan has very freely adapted this work in his first draft, with little similarity to Caldwell's original. As of this date, the motion picture has not been produced.

Index Terms

Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987 -- Gretta
Women--Sexual behavior.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Screenplay for Gretta, MS 1652. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


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