John Cromwell Papers, 1902-1972

Summary Information

Title: John Cromwell Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1902-1972

  • Cromwell, John, 1888-1979
Call Number: U.S. Mss 139AN; Lot A116; Lot A117; Lot A118; Lot B23

Quantity: 3.2 c.f. (8 archives boxes) and 933 photographs

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Papers of John Cromwell, an award-winning actor, director, and producer for motion pictures and theater, including correspondence, scripts, and scrapbooks. Of Cromwell's many motion picture credits, the papers include scrapbooks and scripts on eleven films, most notably Abe Lincoln in Illinois (RKO, 1940), Anna and the King of Siam (20th Century-Fox, 1945), The Prisoner of Zenda (United Artists, 1937), and Since You Went Away, (United Artists, 1944). Three scrapbooks pertain to his career as a Broadway actor and director, with one of these relating to his Tony-winning role in Point of No Return (1951). Participation in regional theater, primarily the Cleveland Playhouse and the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, is represented by clippings, playbills, and miscellaneous production materials. The professional correspondence includes letters from Paddy Chayefsky, Joseph Conrad, Bette Davis, Ruth Gordon, Katharine Hepburn, John Hess, David O. Selznick, and Robert E. Sherwood. The photographs are primarily personal and include snapshots of Cromwell's homes, travels, horses, and a wedding in the 1940s.

Language: English

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