Darryl F. Zanuck's profusely annotated copy of the screenplay of Poor Little Rich Girl
Lot 37
Darryl F. Zanuck's profusely annotated copy of the screenplay of Poor Little Rich Girl
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Darryl F. Zanuck's profusely annotated copy of the screenplay of Poor Little Rich Girl
Typed Manuscript, "The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Sam Hellman and Gladys Lehman, 112 pp, 4to, n.p., December 9, 1935, marked "Second Draft" on title page and cover, with initials "D.Z" on cover and with numerous pencil annotations and deletions throughout, bound with brass brads and housed in original green wrappers marked "1575.413" in blue pencil on front, wrappers chipped.

Studio boss Zanuck went uncredited as a producer on this early 20th Century Fox production starring Shirley Temple. Zanuck had a reputation as one of the most hands-on studio heads of the era, and the present typescript provides evidence to that effect. His extensive notes on the title page read, in part, "Maybe I should read uncut version – this is very slim – narrow threads – lacks complications or twists – everything happens just according to schedule – too pat ... scenes need human treatment ... trouble with most kids stories you don't give enough attention to adults or situations for adults – that's why [The Littlest] Rebel is good." At the bottom of the page he ads with emphasis, "no villain? no tear?"

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