Bundle of photocopy correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/240
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDK29-67.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d.
  • Physical Description
      42 pieces; 57 leaves.

Scope and Content

Photocopied correspondence with Sir Alexander Korda (1893-1956), Hungarian-born film producer and director, and founder of London Film Productions. The original correspondence dates from 11 October 1932-1 April 1953. Topics covered include: plans to start filming Cash (directed by Zoltan Korda, Alexander's brother) at the end of 1932; RD's complaints about publicity for The Ghost Goes West in 1936; disagreements about RD's attempts to find a satisfactory film in 1936; further disagreements over RD's demand for £30,000 for Knight Without Armour, which Korda refuses to pay him; delays in filming Knight Without Armour due to RD's health problems; further problems in 1938 over RD's commitment to MGM film The Citadel and his planned appearance in London Films' Four Feathers; the release of RD from his London Films obligations; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; the film version of The Cure for Love and the possibility of Korda producing this in 1948; various plays by Michael Burn sent by Korda to RD, which RD rejects as film possibilities; his further rejection of films The King's General and Pimpernel; the possibility of a film based on Around the World in Eighty Days in 1953, which RD is keen to do; and RD's performance [in Murder in the Cathedral] in 1953.

Photocopies.

Arrangement

A number of the letters are undated; some are possible to date from internal evidence and have been relocated to their correct place in the chronological sequence.

Access Information

This photocopied correspondence is closed to readers for copyright reasons.

Related Material

A further draft letter and a copy letter from RD to Korda are included in FRD1/8/1, and FRD1/8/12 includes two original telegrams from Korda.