Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/162
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDF105-117.
  • Dates of Creation
      29 Dec 1953-8 Feb 1956
  • Physical Description
      12 pieces; 13 leaves.

Scope and Content

With Charles Frend (1909-1977), film director. Topics covered include: the script for The West Window [later Lease of Life which Frend directed], which he sends RD in December 1953 for consideration and comment; revisions to the script; the retaking of certain scenes in June 1954; RD's apparent dissatisfaction with the script and film; his criticisms of Eric Ambler; Frend's response to this; and plans to show the colour print of Lease of Life on 1 October 1954. In /12 Frend encloses a copy letter of praise for the film from one Burton Stone of Chicago, USA.

/8 is a copy letter from RD to Jack Worrow and /9 is a copy letter from RD to Michael Balcon.

Dated at: Ealing Studios, London.

Typescript with autograph.