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Baum (Vicki) correspondence and film typescript
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The Vicki Baum correspondence and film typescript consists of four typed letters signed "Vicki" on "Vicki Baum" letterhead, along with an unpublished draft for a film titled "Conspiracy (Working Title for Sands O' Life)." The correspondence is addressed to Baum's publisher Malcolm Johnsohn and his wife Mathilde Whitridge Johnson. Baum wrote the first three letters in 1943 and the fourth letter in 1946. The draft of the script for "Conspiracy (Working Title for Sands O' Life)"--authored by Baum--is dated November 15, 1946. Baum wrote the script in short story format without dialogue (and is thus a "treatment" in script parlance). Cary Grant and Dorothy McGuire were sought for the lead roles in this script. David 0. Selznick's Vanguard Films, Inc. purchased the script in 1946 and assigned the production of the film to Dore Schary, but the film was never actually made.
Vicki Baum (1888-1960) was one of the world's first best-selling woman authors, a screen writer, and a boxer. She was born in Vienna to a Jewish family and emigrated to the United States in the early 1930s to escape the rise of the National Socialists. Her literary works were denigrated in Germany and Austria as sensationalist and amoral and banned in the Third Reich as of 1935.
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