William Shanks collection of scripts

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Shanks collection of scripts
Date (inclusive): 1949-1958
Collection number: 133
Creator: Shanks, William
Extent: 1.3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

William Shanks collection of scripts, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Acquired: 1987


William Blaine Shanks was an American script supervisor and an assistant director active in film from around 1949 to 1962.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William Shanks collection of scripts spans the years 1949-1958 and encompasses 1.3 linear feet. The collection consists of scripts for four Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions: KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950), SOME CAME RUNNING (1958), THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON (1956), and VALLEY OF THE KINGS (1954). All the scripts are heavily annotated, and in addition there is a variety of production material for the first two films listed, including cast sheets, memos, schedules, and wardrobe plots. Helen Shanks was the secretary to the producer on SOME CAME RUNNING.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files.

Indexing Terms

Shanks, William , 1923-1993--Archives.
assistant directors