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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: Philip Dunne papers
    Creator: Dunne, Philip, 1908-1992
    Identifier/Call Number: 2041
    Physical Description: 32.5 Linear Feet 35 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1935-2000
    Abstract: Collection consists of notes for each film that writer, director, producer Philip Dunne (1908-1992) worked on; 5 reels of taped self-interviews; working copies of 15 novels adapted for the screen.
    Language of Material: English.

    Biographical / Historical

    Philip Dunne (1908-1992) was an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Some of Dunne's notable screenplays include The Last of the Mohicans (1936), Ten North Frederick (1958), and Pinky (1949). In addition to screenwriting, Dunne wrote syndicated newspaper articles and was a contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly magazines. He also wrote two works for stage: Mr. Dooley's America (1976), and Politics (1980), and wrote several books including Mr. Dooley Remembers (1963), and Take Two: A Life in Movies and Politics (1980).
    Dunne was a co-founder of the Screen Writers Guild and served as vice-president of its successor, the Writers Guild of America from 1938 to 1940. He later served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences from 1946 to 1948. Dunne was a key participant in the Hollywood Blacklist period of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1947 he co-founded the Committee for the First Amendment with John Huston and William Wyler in response to hearings held by the House Un-American Activities Committee, though Dunne was never subpoenaed or blacklisted himself, nor was he accused of any Communist Party affiliations.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of files for each film worked on by writer, director, producer Philip Dunne (1908-1992); 5 reels of taped self-interviews; working copies of 15 novels adapted for the screen. Each file deals with individual films and covers pre-production memos from actual story conferences to post-production editing. For each film that Dunne scripted and directed there is a bound copy of the final shooting script with photographs of the production. Screenplays include How Green Was My Valley (1941), Pinky (1949), The Robe (1953), and Ten North Frederick (1958). There are also publicity materials, clippings, and various magazines.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Transferred to Cinematic Arts Library in 1997.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Philip Dunne papers, Collection no. 2041, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection is partially processed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American literature
    Motion pictures -- Archival resources
    Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Archival resources
    Screenwriters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Dunne, Philip, 1908-1992 -- Archives