Universal City: Universal, 1930-1932. Archive of 19 draft scripts for comedy shorts produced by Universal Pictures between 1930-1932 and starring Slim Summerville. Eight scripts with holograph pencil annotations throughout.
An actor and director whose career spanned both the silent and sound eras, Summerville got his start in Mack Sennett's Keystone Kop shorts. Contemporary to the scripts in the archive, Summerville starred alongside ZaSu Pitts in several popular feature length comedies, including the William Wyler-directed "Her First Mate" (1933), and did his most notable dramatic work in "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), directed by Lewis Milestone.
Eleven of the shorts are credited to directed Harry Edwards, who is best known for "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" (1926) starring silent film star Harry Langdon, one of two dozen collaborations between the two.
Included in the archive are scripts for "Peeking in Peking," "In the Bag," and "First to Fight" (all 1931), and "Kid Glove Kisses" (1932), as well as six shorts with titles that do not appear in IMBD, and nine which are untitled but designated "Summerville" with a number. All but one script, which is missing its wrapper, are dated, and all but two others contain credits for directors Edwards or Stephen R. Roberts and producers Edward Kaufman or Stanley Bergerman, and all are credited to screenwriter Francis J. Martin, either singly or in collaboration with either Sidney Levee or James Mulhauser. Two scripts with goldenrod revision pages, one script printed entirely on goldenrod stock, and one printed on yellow stock.
Scripts generally Very Good in self wrappers, with the title page integral to the front wrapper, and bound with gold brads. Mimeographed.
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