The Blue Flame began out-of-town tryouts in February of , proving immensely popular during its time on the road. In Theda Bara, William Fox had found a golden goose. Furth’s opinions on revivals of his plays, the process of seeking funding and actors for productions of new plays, firing actors, collaboration, revision, and critical responses to shows are revealed in his extensive correspondence. Scope and arrangement The George Furth papers contain professional and personal papers, created or collected by Furth as a playwright and actor. The score by Mary Rodgers contained a few uncredited contributions from another young songwriter, her close friend Stephen Sondheim. One of these includes a note from Furth that Michael Bennett, the director of Twigs, threw that title out, and of course, he used it famously for a musical he directed four years later. Furth’s process of writing and revising the show for its original Broadway run is revealed through multiple drafts, from Furth’s October first draft, with only a few songs from the Sondheim score, to the final version that opened on Broadway in November of He ended up writing a series of one act plays which investigated all aspects of marriage.
Only one last touch was needed. But there was one actress who did more — she contributed a new word to the English language, a word that not only summed up her style, but went on to define an entire generation of successors. Some of these scripts are early drafts with different titles. Furth’s chronological correspondence from the s includes many letters between Sondheim and Furth discussing the film adaptation and the many treatments and drafts they submitted to Paramount. Fox, however, sued under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, won an out-of-court settlement, and permanently crippled the Patents Company. Arrangement This collection is arranged in the following four groups:
Merrily We Roll Along. Of particular interest are notes Furth wrote for the directors of revivals of seriess shows, illuminating characters’ subtexts and his intended meanings of lines and scenes. The shooting of Foolin New York and Florida, went quickly — so quickly, in fact, that some scenes look like rough rehearsals rather than final prints, and the inexperienced Bara is painfully stiff in the opening minutes of the film.
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Reviews were cool and the profits not good enough for Fox. Scope and arrangement The George Furth papers contain professional and personal papers, created or collected by Furth as a playwright and actor.
Of particular interest are Furth’s annotations on the seriex of his involvement with the project or describing notes he was given by the authors or directors. She and Brabin settled into the roles of popular hosts, entertaining friends at lavish once-a-year banquets in their Beverly Hills home.
All in all, it was a better career than many unlucky actresses, made at least palatable by the fact that Bara had her mother and sister living in New York with her. Finally, inthe struggling Chadwick studio signed her to a film adaptation of the comedic drama The Unchastened Womantambakoa arrived on screen the following October. Furth’s play Precious Sons is documented with multiple scripts drafts, photographs, programs, notes on revisions, correspondence, and a sketch of the original cast, an opening night gift to Furth by star Judith Ivey.
Furth’s choice to give up acting full-time to be a writer is also a frequent topic in his letters. By January ofthe movie had been edited and was ready for release. A Biography McFarland, tambakps Pinning down where she went and what she did is a frustrating task for the researcher, but every now and then we do manage to catch sight of her for a segies, far down in a cast list under a swanky alias, usually Theodosia or Theodora deCappet or DeCoppet.
There was one last humiliation left. Sex was no longer something mysterious and faintly dangerous, it was fun. Everybody seies to have a tamba,os except the patron and he paid at the box office.
And since Bara had negotiated a fifty-percent interest in the play, the receipts from the show made her a very rich woman. He quickly snapped up the film rights and began putting his cast and crew together. Correspondence occasionally includes clippings and other papers created or collected concurrently with the correspondence. Some of the pre-Broadway drafts including first draft and treatment from and use the titles The Doctor is Out and Sins.
Furth and Sondheim met and became friends during the run of Hot Spot. Fox’s profits translate out to nearly 1 billion dollars today.
Furth’s process of writing and revising the show for its original Broadway run is revealed through multiple drafts, from Furth’s October first draft, with only a few songs from the Sondheim score, to the final version that opened on Broadway in November of She claimed to have traveled in Europe with a Shakespearean troupe, though the evidence is slight.
In most of Furth’s letters, he is preoccupied with whatever productions he was working on at that time. Included here are research materials Furth collected on the Kaufman and Hart play the musical was based on, including copies of the reviews and a program from the original Sseries production.
But they know the image that she projected on the screen — or at least in the still pictures.
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Independent distributors like Fox were effectively shut out. For those of us accustomed to tales of studios ruthlessly erasing the beans-and-franks origins of their stars — think of Bristol poor boy Archie Leach transformed into the suave Cary Grant – all of this sounds very familiar.
Inhe established the Box Office Attractions Film Rental Company, becoming a movie distributor as well as exhibitor, but his ambitions were thwarted by a powerful cabal of movie studios led by Thomas Edison. Broadside – Criss Cross. She also wanted more money, a not unreasonable demand considering her punishing workload and box-office worth. But the show also turned her into a very big joke, dashing any hopes she might have had about returning permanently to the stage.
For a while it seemed as though the young turk David O. Nietzsche Fly A philosopher fly channels Nietzsche, but with a modern- day spin.
On the screen she was, indeed, a bad girl, and this was her allure. But the film itself, sad to say, is underwhelming, with a dated plot and indifferent camerawork. Some of the plays used in Twigs had been written for the project which eventually became Company. After completing his education, he served in the Navy until being honorably discharged in Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Some of these scripts are early drafts with different titles.
The first, Madame Mysterycame out in December of There are also copies of Furth’s deposition in a lawsuit surrounding The Act. Youth and Personal Materials.
The score by Mary Rodgers contained a few uncredited contributions from another young songwriter, her close friend Stephen Sondheim. No matter the different roles she had played at Fox, they all saw her as a vamp — and in the new s world of flappers, sheiks and bootleg hooch, who needed a vamp? Furth’s personal and professional lives were so intertwined that anyone interested in his opinions and thoughts regarding specific productions is advised to consult the correspondence for the years that correspond with that production.
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The particular place the show held for many people involved is revealed in the many opening night telegrams, notes and letters Furth exchanged with friends, collaborators and members of the company. Sadly, the ones covering weries period before were lost in an apartment fire. Fox, however, sued under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, won an out-of-court settlement, and permanently crippled the Patents Company. To her surprise, they all turned her down.
Furth followed up Company with a collection of four one-acts called Twigs, which opened on Broadway in It was a popular play, so Fox was certain audiences would pay to see it on the screen.
The George Furth papers contain professional and personal papers, created or collected by Furth as a playwright and actor. The stronger the copy grew the more it was printed.