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    Darryl F. Zanuck Tunis Expedition Preliminary Manuscript and Other Items. Darryl Zanuck took time from ruling 20th Century-Fox studios in World War II to serve as an officer in the U.S. military campaign in North Africa. This lot includes over 100 pages of handwritten notes Zanuck recorded, based on his observations of combat, which later served as the foundation for his 1943 documentary, At the Front as well as his book Tunis Expedition. There is a Film Fame picture of beautiful actress Devika Rani ("by kind permission of Bombay Talkies Ltd.") which apparently originally served as a cover for these notes. Also included is a two-page typed letter on Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. letterhead, dated October 14, 1941, signed by Nathan Levinson, considering the possibility of the U.S. entering the war and hoping that -- if it did -- Zanuck would serve both with the Office of the Coordinator of Information and on the Advisory Council to the Chief Signal Officer. The letter has filing holes and tears, and paper clip staining at the top border, in Good condition, while Zanuck's handwritten notes have survived in surprisingly Very Fine condition. Also included in the lot are a first edition of the 1943 book Tunis Expedition and a DVD including Zanuck's documentary At the Front. The eye-witness account of the North Africa campaign is fascinating. A fine example of Hollywood at its best in covering World War II. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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