Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Papers, 1927-1961

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Title: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1961

  • Goodrich, Frances
  • Hackett, Albert
Call Number: U.S. Mss 21AN; M97-231

Quantity: 6.8 cubic feet (15 archives boxes, 2 flat boxes); plus additions of 0.4 cubic feet

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Papers of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, a husband-wife writing team who collaborated on many stage and motion picture productions. Included are scripts and drafts, clippings, correspondence, explanatory notes, and memorabilia. Especially well documented is The Diary of Anne Frank (1955), for which the Hacketts wrote both the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and the motion picture (20th Century-Fox, 1959). These files contain letters on the writing, translation, and production of both versions, variant drafts and scripts, financial records, publicity, and papers relating to the awards won by the play. Many letters exchanged between 1953 and 1961 by the Hacketts and Otto Frank, the father of Anne, offer insights into the couple's research and composition techniques. Other noteworthy screen credits which are represented in the collection are Ah, Wilderness (MGM, 1935), Easter Parade (MGM, 1948), Father of the Bride (MGM, 1950), Father's Little Dividend (MGM, 1951), Naughty Marietta (MGM, 1935), Rose Marie (MGM, 1936), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (MGM, 1954), several from the Thin Man series (MGM, 1935), and Watch on the Rhine (Warner Bros., 1943).


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Language: English

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