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Inventory of the Paramount Pictures Corporation photographs
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Paramount Pictures Corporation photographs
    Dates: 1942-1943
    Collection Number: XX256
    Creator: Paramount Pictures Corporation.
    Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes (3.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Materials used in preparation of motion pictures released in 1944, the first titled Hitler's Gang, depicting the Nazi rise to power in Germany, scenes of party rallies, parades, SS troops, and Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders at various stages of their careers; and the second, titled The Story of Dr. Wassell, depicting scenes from southeast Asia during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paramount Pictures Corporation photographs, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Historical Note

    Hitler's Gang was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by John Farrow for Paramount Pictures. Released in 1944, the film stars Robert Watson as Adolf Hitler, and depicts the Nazi rise to power in Germany, with scenes of party rallies, parades, SS troops, and Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders at various stages of their careers. As The New York Times noted in a review on May 8, 1944, "There is little point in considering The Hitler Gang as entertainment in the accepted cinema sense. As the most complete pictorial documentation we have to date on the birth and growth of Nazism, it has a place unique, resisting comparison or qualitative judgment. Those of us, and that is practically all-embracing, who would profit by seeing, close up, the genesis and spread of an ideological virus, would do well to see The Hitler Gang."
    The Story of Dr. Wassell, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, and Dennis O'Keefe, was released in 1944 by Paramount Pictures. A Technicolor World War II film set in the Dutch East Indies, the film is based on the wartime activities of U.S. Navy doctor Corydon M. Wassell, which were described by President Roosevelt in a radio broadcast made in April 1942.
    Sources: P.P.K., "The Screen: The Hitler Gang, a Picture of Birth and Growth of Nazism, Revealing Activities of Nest of Vipers, at the Globe," The New York Times, May 8, 1944; The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944), Internet Movie Database

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collected by the research division of Paramount Pictures, the materials include photographs and a small amount of paper research material used in preparation for two motion pictures released in 1944, the first titled Hitler's Gang, depicting the Nazi rise to power in Germany, including scenes of party rallies, parades, SS troops, and Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders at various stages of their careers; and the second, titled The Story of Dr. Wassell, depicting scenes from southeast Asia during World War II.
    The reverse of most photographs includes handwritten notes regarding source or the date the copy was acquired by Paramount Pictures. The materials remain in their original order by film title.

    Arrangement

    The original order and titles of the creator have been maintained.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945--Pictorial works.
    Wassell, Corydon McAlmont, 1884--Pictorial works.
    Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei--Pictorial works.
    National socialism.
    World War, 1939-1945--Pictorial works.
    Germany--History, 1933-1945--Pictorial works.
    Germany--Politics and government, 1933-1945.
    Motion pictures