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Finding Aid for the Collection of Research Photographs for Cecil B. De Mille Motion Picture Productions, ca. 1947-ca. 1956
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Photographic Research Materials for Cecil B. De Mille Motion Picture Productions
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1947-ca. 1956
    Collection number: 68
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.0 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists primarily of photographic research for Cecil B. De Mille motion picture productions The Ten commandments (1956), Samson and Delilah (1949), and Unconquered (1947). Includes photographic reproductions from books and magazines for period costumes, objects, architecture, and ephemera, proof sheets, negatives, and transparencies. Also contains photostats of costume sketches by Cecil Lawton for Unconquered.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Purchase, 1988.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Photographic Research Materials for Cecil B. De Mille Motion Picture Productions (Collection 68). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    History

    Samson and Delilah (1949) featured Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, and Angela Landsbury; produced and directed by Cecil B. De Mille; screenplay by Jesse Lasky, Jr. and Frederick M. Frank; music by Victor Young; editor Anne Bauchens; photography by George Barnes; it was speculated De Mille spent 100,000 dollars on background information for the story.
    The Ten commandments (1956) was De Mille's last film and best known for its Academy Award winning special effects; based on the story of Moses and the Jewish Exodus from Egypt (previously filmed, 1923), the cast featured among others, Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, and Yvonne De Carlo; produced and directed by De Mille, assoc. producer Henry Wilcoxon, written by Dorothy Clare Wilson (from Prince of Egypt), Rev. J.H. Ingraham ( Pillar of fire), and Rev. A.E. Southon ( Eagle's wings), cinematographer Loyal Griggs, and editor Anne Bauchens.
    Unconquered (1947) was produced and directed by De Mille; featured among others, Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff, and Ward Bond; written by Neil H. Swanson, cameraman Ray Rennahan, and editor Anne Bauchens.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of photographic research for the Cecil B. De Mille motion picture productions The Ten commandments (1956), Samson and Delilah (1949), and Unconquered (1947). Includes photographic reproductions from books and magazines for period costumes, objects, architecture, and ephemera, proof sheets, negatives, and transparencies. Also contains photostats of costume sketches by Cecil Lawton for Unconquered.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Ten commandments (Motion picture) Unconquered (Motion picture) Samson and Delilah (Motion picture)
    Motion picture directors and producers--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs.