Erskine Caldwell motion picture contracts

Erskine Caldwell motion picture contracts

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Title: Erskine Caldwell motion picture contracts
Dates: 1933-1934
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (8 folders; housed with minor collections MS 1649 to MS 1656)
Coll. Number: ms1653(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Erskine Preston Caldwell was born in White Oak, Coweta County, Georgia. With his next two novels, Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933), Caldwell achieved not only critical and popular success, but also some notoriety. Both books were set among the poor whites of his southern childhood, and both displayed a mixture of muckraking anger and grotesque sexual behavior that upset southern loyalists and northern moralists alike. Despite or because of this, Tobacco Road, adapted for the stage by Jack Kirkland, ran on Broadway for over seven and a half years, and God's Little Acre, after a highly publicized obscenity trial, became one of Caldwell's perennial bestsellers. --- American National Biography Online. Retrieved 3/23/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of motion picture contracts for the following films: 1.) Express Train Robbery, 24 July 1933 ; 2.) Lady Comes to Town, 11 July 1934 ; 3.) Lost Laughter, 20 June 1933 ; 4.) Louisiana Lon, 29 May 1933 ; 5.) Stranger's Return, 20 June 1933 ; 6.) Timber, 1 June 1933 ; 7.) Wheat, 24 July 1933 ; 8.) A Wicked Woman, 11 July 1934. At least two of these films were produced, "The Stranger's Return" (1933) and "A Wicked Woman" (1934). No record for the other films has been located.

Index Terms

Artists' contracts--California--Los Angeles.
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Motion picture plays, American.
Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Motion picture contracts. MS 1653. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Wicked Woman, 1934 July 11
2Lady Comes To Town, 1934 July 11
3Lost Laughter, 1933 June 20
4Stranger's Return, 1933 June 20
5Timber, 1933 June 1
6Wheat, 1933 July 24
7Express Train Robbery, 1933 July 24
8Louisiana Lon, 1933 May 29