Robert Wise was an American movie director and producer, best known for "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music", as well
as his early career at RKO Pictures, wherein he infamously re-edited and directed a scene in Orson Welles' "The Magnificent
Ambersons". This collection comprises primarly film files of twenty-six completed as well as proposed projects including "The
Sound of Music", "West Side Story", and "The Haunting". It also contains awards and ephemera, correspondence, personal papers
and publications, and leather-bound scripts of thirty titles.
Robert Wise, born September 10, 1914, was an American movie director and producer, best known for such works as "West Side
Story", "The Sound of Music", and "The Haunting". Wise grew up in Connersville, Indiana and went to school at Franklin College
for journalism. After the Great Depression impacted his education, Wise left for Hollywood in 1933, where he began working
at RKO Pictures in the film-shipping room. Wise moved up in rank, working as an assistant editor in the fields of sound, music,
and special effects. By 1939, Wise had earned the title of editor on such films as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "My Favorite
Wife", and gained an Academy Award nomination for his work on "Citizen Kane". Wise also re-edited and directed a scene in
the 1942 film "The Magnificent Ambersons" after RKO took over creative control from Orson Welles. Wise's official directing
debut came in 1944 as a replacement director on "The Curse of the Cat People". Wise's last film for RKO was 1949's "The Set-Up".
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