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Papers, 1948-1972

Preminger, Otto

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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 5.4 c.f. (12 archives boxes and 1 flat box); plus
    • additions of 3.6 c.f
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of a Hollywood motion picture director-producer. Included are production files for "Hurry Sundown," "In Harm's Way," and "Skidoo" which contain scripts, correspondence, call sheets, reports, breakdowns, musical scores, cast lists, financial and promotional materials, notes, and sketches. Although the quantity and type of material varies with each film, these files generally document aspects of film-making such as writing, casting, design, technical production, and promotion. Noteworthy in the "Skidoo" files is a series of notes which describe the activities and accomplishments of each day's shooting; occasionally these include short quotes made by Preminger on the set which reveal his directing methods and temperament. A dissertation by Ronald Policy, based on the "Skidoo" records and describing the film's production, is also included. A small file of biographical clippings completes the collection.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1948-1972, and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • Placed on deposit by Otto Preminger, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965-1968, and by Ron Policy, Austin, Tex., 1973-1974.
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