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    Edgar G. Ulmer's Baton and Typewriter. "My father used a baton in his directing, to give rhythm to the actors' dialogue," says Arianne Ulmer Cipes. "He directed almost as if he were a choirmaster." The baton has a remarkable history: it came from the last living student of Franz Liszt --- the great Hungarian conductor Erdody -- who bequeathed it to his son Leo Erdody (Ulmer's composer at PRC Studios), who ultimately gave it to Ulmer. The black baton with silver trim is 16" long and bears the seal "Chicagoi Magyar Onkepzo Esdalkor 1899," with an image of a torch and throne; Excellent condition. It is accompanied by Ulmer's Remington Noiseless typewriter made circa the late 1930s, in original black leather case; in Good condition. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp. Accompanied by an LOA from Arianne Ulmer Cipes.

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    "My father used a baton in his directing, to give rhythm to the actors' dialogue," says Arianne Ulmer Cipes. "He directed almost as if he were a choirmaster." The baton has a remarkable history: it came from the last living student of Franz Liszt --- the great Hungarian conductor Erdody -- who bequeathed it to his son Leo Erdody (Ulmer's composer at PRC Studios), who ultimately gave it to Ulmer. The black baton with silver trim is 16" long and bears the seal "Chicagoi Magyar Onkepzo Esdalkor 1899," with an image of a torch and throne; Excellent condition. Fascinating to imagine Ulmer conducting John Carradine's mad soliloquy in Bluebeard or Ann Savage's sultry ranting in Detour while waving this historic baton. Also included: Ulmer's "Remington Noiseless," an old warhorse of a typewriter that saw plenty of action as Ulmer (and his wife Shirley) "hunted-and-pecked" the keys as they worked on scripts. Bottom of typewriter reads "Model Seven" in gold lettering; machine dates to the late 1930s, with a sticker above the keys noting "Phone HE-6539 Henley Typewriter Co,, 6771 Hollywood Blvd. (near Highland)." Comes in original black leather case, measuring 13"' x 13" and 7" deep, with very tattered old handle and "Van Nuys Typewriting Service" sticker inside lid. "All Dad's descendants have used this typewriter," says Arianne; typewriter and case in Fair to Good condition. Artifacts that saw plenty of use in Ulmer's legendary film work, both at home and the studio. From the Edgar G. Ulmer Preservation and Trust Corp.



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