WALLS OF GOLD (1933) Adapted screenplay dated Jul 27-Aug 28, 1933


Lester Cole (screenwriter) Vintage original film script, USA. Hollywood: Fox Film Corp., 27 July – 28 August 1933. 96 leaves, quarto, mimeographed typescript, brad bound in studio wrappers. Overlap edges and spine covering of wrappers a bit snagged and torn, relevant annotations on upper wrapper, VERY GOOD.

An unspecified draft of this screenplay by Lester Cole, based on an adaptation of Kathleen Norris’ novel by Edmond Seward and Wallace Sullivan. A pencil list on the upper wrapper indicates the dates at which revisions were incorporated over the span noted above. Kenneth MacKenna directed the October 1933 release, starring Sally Eilers, Norman Foster, et al.

Cole was one of the cofounders of the Screen Writers Guild, and in 1934 joined the CPA. Like his other colleagues known as the “Hollywood Ten”, Cole refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947, was sentenced to a year in prison and a fine, and was placed on the Blacklist. He continued to work sporadically under pennames, and his last major film, BORN FREE, was so credited. WALLS OF GOLD is the third writing credit ascribed to him by the IMDb.

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