The collection contains production files, scripts, correspondence, clippings, a scrapbook, and photographs.
Richard Brooks (1912-1992), born Ruben Sax in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a director, producer, and screenwriter. After
working as a writer for NBC radio, he entered the field of screenwriting in 1942; and after his three years in the U.S. Marines
during World War II, he worked on the screenplays of such films as COBRA WOMAN (1945), THE KILLERS (1946), BRUTE FORCE (1947),
NAKED CITY (1948), and KEY LARGO (1948). His first film as director was CRISIS (1950). His subsequent directing credits include
DEADLINE - U.S.A. (1952), THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (1954), BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955), THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956), CAT ON A
HOT TIN ROOF (1958), ELMER GANTRY (1960), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1962), IN COLD BLOOD (1967), LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (1977),
and FEVER PITCH (1985, his final film). He was married to actress Jean Simmons from 1960 to 1977. He received an Academy Award
for writing the screenplay for ELMER GANTRY. Brooks was nominated for writing the screenplay for BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and for
writing and directing CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE PROFESSIONALS (1966), and IN COLD BLOOD.
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