Archive of correspondences, notes, forms, and other documents to and from Sam Peckinpah, circa 1970-1979

N.p. N.p., Circa 1970-1979. Archive of over three dozen documents, including letters, telegrams, mailgrams, notes, forms, and other ephemera to and from Sam Peckinpah, circa 1970-1979, the majority of which dates from 1978, and most regarding then-current film projects, location research in Mexico and Columbia, and the dissolution of Peckinpah's production company Latigo Productions. Included in the archive are: five autograph or typed letters signed from Peckinpah, eight autograph or typed letter signed to Peckinpah, two autograph notes by Peckinpah, three mailgrams, two telegrams, and numerous various documents, memos, forms, and receipts. Eight of the documents are Xerographic duplications, and the archive includes additional Xerographic duplications of two original documents found in the archive. Detailed inventory available upon request.

Among those with whom Peckinpah corresponds in the archive are, Peckinpah's personal assistant Paul Peterson, Swedish author and composer Sture Dahlstom, author Jack Martin Smith, and comedian and actor Mort Sahl, as well as Peckinpah's legal counsel Kip Dellinger and Dellinger's wife Lori, Corporate Secretary Arthur J. Dellinger, Jr., and business manager John Azlant.

Most of the archive dates from 1978 during the post-production and release of Peckinpah's 1978 film "Convoy," as well as during research and pre-production work for the projects "My Pardner" and "Avalanche." Extensive problems are discussed during the pre-production work on "My Pardner" or "Avalanche," including resignations and firings, leading Peckinpah to offer to buy out the 51% stakeholders' holdings, and ultimately the dissolution of Peckinpah's production company Latigo Productions.

Among other items of note are, two letters from 1971, during the productions of his 1971 film "Straw Dogs" and his 1972 film "Junior Bonner," a letter from Latigo Productions, authorizing assistant Peterson to "conduct research for an original story and screenplay about cocaine and illegal trafficking of cocaine, by Sam Peckinpah," two notes from Peckinpah regarding contacts in Bolivia, Columbia, repeated pitches for a film entitled "Mexican Brown" from Jack Martin Smith, and a pitch for a "low-low budget, black & white, even a 16mm movie with Paris amateurs" entitled "Cuckoo" from Sture Dahlstrom.

An insightful archive during a particularly difficult time for Peckinpah, having just completed "Convoy," which, while the highest grossing film of the director's career, was widely panned, and left Peckinpah largely unemployable. It would be three years later, when Peckinpah accepted director Don Siegel's offer to direct second unit work for twelve days on the 1982 film "Jinxed," uncredited, that Peckinpah would again find work as a director, which lead to the production of his final film in 1982, "The Osterman Weekend."

All documents 8.5 x 14 inches or smaller. Near Fine overall.

[Book #158478]