Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941. Original pressbook for the 1941 film. Also included is a supplement titled "Intelligence in Motion Picture Advertising," by Kenneth Collins, in essence a second pressbook, as well as a second supplement featuring further ad campaigns and exhibitor's information. Date stamps to the pressbook and Collins supplement front wrappers, noted as "Feb 41," a month prior to the film's release on March 7, 1941).
Based on Erskine Caldwell's 1932 novel about a hillbilly family living outside of Augusta, Georgia, and their troubles with a bank attempting to buy their land. Since the novel's publication, film studios vied for acquisition of the screen rights. RKO Pictures and Warner Bros. were among the first potential buyers, but both failed to pursue the rights. In 1940 Columbia Pictures showed interest, but was informed that the novel was on the list of banned books, and shied away. Eventually, 20th Century Fox won the rights, hot on success from their earlier project, "The Grapes of Wrath."
Set in the American South, shot on location in California.
Pressbook and supplements 11 x 17 inches, saddle-stitched, black-and-white throughout. Pressbook 32 leaves, supplements 16 leaves and one double-folded leaf. Light rubbing and faint foxing overall, with a brief creasing and tears to the pressbook, else Near Fine with no cuts.