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The collection consists primarily of clippings, scripts, and scrapbooks. Twenty-nine Bucquet-directed MGM films—18 features and 11 shorts—are represented by publicity clippings and reviews, and half of these also have script material. Nineteen scrapbooks contain photographs and clippings covering most of the films directed by Bucquet between 1937 and 1944. A small amount of correspondence and several issues of the "MGM Studio News" (1939-1940) are also included.
Harold S. Bucquet (1891-1946) was born in London. He emigrated to the United States as a teenager and later became an American citizen. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, he began working as a film extra. Bucquet was a set designer before becoming assistant to independent producer Allen J. Holubar. After Holubar's death in 1923, Bucquet worked as an assistant director at MGM and then, in the 1930s, as a test director at the same studio. He was given a chance to direct the short subject OLD SHEP in 1934, and in 1938 directed his first feature, YOUNG DR. KILDARE. He continued to direct the "Dr. Kildare" series as well as such films as ON BORROWED TIME (1939) and DRAGON SEED (1944). Illness forced his withdrawal as director of THE GREEN YEARS (1946), his last film.
4 linear ft. of papers
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