Scripts for film and theatre

Scope and Content

This sub-class contains scripts for numerous theatre productions and films with which RD was involved, many of them extensively annotated, often in RD's own hand. His annotations often represent his own involvement in revising plays for production, and in the case of To Dream Again and The Man Behind the Statue, the changes he felt necessary following unsatisfactory performances. Also included are scripts for a number of RD's major films, from The Count of Monte Cristo in 1934, to his final film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. These provide some valuable pre-production information about his films. The evolution of The Cure for Love is particularly well documented in a series of scripts and schedules: RD directed, produced and starred in this film, working closely with Walter Greenwood, the author of the original play. In addition, there are some draft film scenarios setting out RD's own ideas for an unrealised film version of Mary Webb's Precious Bane; he had successfully played Gideon Sarn in a 1931 stage version. The material relating to films includes, in addition to scripts, important pre-production and production records such as film outlines, synopses, scenarios, and shooting schedules.


Where precise dates are given on the scripts themselves, they are recorded in the date field. Where there is no internal evidence, dates are conjectural, and based on the date of the plays or the shooting of the films. Scripts are typescript or duplicated typescript unless stated otherwise. FRD1/2/3 contains some photocopy scripts and associated material which relate to originals included in this sub-class, namely papers concerning Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.