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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3319

RKO Pictures Little Women screenplays and records

Overview

Contains screenplays, background atmosphere and costume research, and a continuity outline for the RKO Pictures film Little Women.

Dates

  • 1932-1933

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

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Extent

.25 linear feet (1 box)

Contains two copies of screenplays for Little Women, one a second treatment dated 1932 October 15 and the other a screen play dated 1933 November, the time of the film's public release. Further records include background atmosphere research into the setting of Concord, Massachusetts, and the March home. One of the two copies of the background research is labeled Mr. Selznick. Additional materials include a second draft of a continuity outline from 1932 October 21, and costume research, also labeled Mr. Selznick.

Biographical / Historical

Little Women was an American film directed by George CUkor and produced by RKO Pictures in 1933, based on the 1868 novel of the same title by Louisa May Alcott. The film starred Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee, and Jean Parker. The screenplay was written by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman. Though David O. Selznick was not given screen credit for Little Women, he returned to RKO from MGM to supervise the production as his final film in his contract with RKO.

Arrangement

Materials are loosely organized in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2009M-65. Purchase, Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, 2010 January.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup.

Title
RKO Pictures. RKO Pictures Little Women screenplays and records, 1932-1933 (MS Am 3319): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
2019 July 8
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und
EAD ID
hou03211

Repository Details

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