DescriptionClaudette Colbert Script Collection. The red page boy hair, the luminous hazel eyes, and the charmingly vain determination to keep her favored left side to the camera -- Claudette Colbert (1903-1996) was truly one of Hollywood's most glamorous and beloved stars. She won an Academy Award for Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, played Cleopatra for Cecil B. DeMille, and by the end of the 1930s had become the highest paid star of the movies.
This lot pays worthy tribute to La Colbert, featuring 15 scripts and continuities for Colbert films. The group begins with a number of Paramount pre-Code melodramas and comedies, including: The Hole in the Wall (Colbert's second film, dialogue script, dated February 19, 1929); Manslaughter (censorship dialogue script, July 12, 1930); The Man from Yesterday (second white script, April 26, 1932); The Man from Yesterday (release dialogue script, June 17, 1932); The Phantom President (a musical starring George M. Cohan, censorship dialogue script, September 17, 1932); Three-Cornered Moon (first script, May 27, 1933); Three-Cornered Moon (second script, June 3, 1933). Then comes Imitation of Life (dialogue continuity, 1934), one of Ms. Colbert's most richly dramatic roles, based on Fannie Hurst's best seller about racism, produced by Universal and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It's back to comedy with The Bride Comes Home (Paramount stamped file copy continuity script of August 21, 1935); The Bride Comes Home (Paramount stamped release dialogue script, November 26, 1935); Zaza (release dialogue script, December 29, 1938; George Cukor directed Zoe Akins' screenplay, which encountered all variety of post-Code script and production problems); Skylark (script with handwritten notation of Jan. 25, 1941, handwritten name of writer Allan Scott, either his draft or his copy, color change pages throughout); Skylark (release dialogue script/continuity of 1941, with later Universal (MCA ) cover pages; Practically Yours (Paramount stamped release dialogue script, Aug. 7, 1944); and Thunder on the Hill (1951, with Colbert as a nun; continuity for the trailer under the original title Bonaventure). The scripts range from Very Good to Excellent condition.
"I know what's best for me," the star once said. "After all, I've been in the Claudette Colbert business longer than anybody." This wonderful archive dynamically represents Claudette Colbert's versatility and longevity as a genuine screen icon.
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