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Finding Aid for the Dudley Nichols Papers, 1940-1959
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Description
Dudley Nichols (1895-1960) was a journalist and screenwriter. He wrote or co-authored screenplays for some of John Ford's best-known films, including The informer (1935), which won an Academy Award, and Stagecoach (1939). He also wrote scripts for Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, and Elia Kazan. The collection consists of mimeograph and typescript copies of movie treatments and drafts of Nichols' screenplays from the 1940s and 1950s, production notes, and magazine articles related to the films.
Background
Nichols was born on April 6, 1895 in Wapakoneta, Ohio; began career as reporter for the New York Evening Post, then switched to the New York World; worked as journalist in New York City for 10 years; with his first screenplay, Men without women (1930), he began a long association with John Ford and subsequently wrote or co-authored screenplays for some of Ford's best-known films, including The informer (1935), which won an Academy Award, and Stagecoach (1939); adapted two Eugene O'Neill plays, Long voyage home and Mourning beomes Electra (1947), for the screen; wrote scripts for Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, and Elia Kazan; was president of Screen Writers Guild (1938-39); produced and directed three films in 1940s; wrote action and Western scripts in 1950s; died January 4, 1960.
Extent
8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.