Theatre Guild, Inc. records on the production of "The Fifth Column"; MS-1330, 1938 - 1940Manuscript MS-1330

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Title:

Theatre Guild, Inc. records on the production of "The Fifth Column"; MS-1330, 1938 - 1940

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1330

Collection Dates:

1938 - 1940

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Contains a typescript of Ernest Hemingway's play "The Fifth Column" adapted by Benjamin Glazer as well as numerous letters, contracts and notes concerning its theatrical production.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains a typescript of Ernest Hemingway's play "The Fifth Column" adapted by Benjamin Glazer as well as correspondence and contracts. Correspondence includes payment disputes, production equipment rentals, and staffing issues.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) wrote "The Fifth Column," his only play, while serving in Spain as a newspaper correspondent in 1937. The play follows the story of Philip Rawlings, a Republican agent, during the siege of Madrid, as he attempts to pursue Fascist agents within the city. "The Fifth Column" was originally published in an anthology that included his short stories in 1938. After adaptation by Benjamin F. Glaser, "The Fifth Column" opened on March 6, 1940 at the Alvin Theater in New York City and ran for 87 performances. It starred actor Franchot Tone (1905-1968) as Rawlings and was produced by the Theater Guild (established 1919) and directed by Lee Strasberg (1901-1982).

Introduction

The Theatre Guild Inc. was founded in New York in 1918. Its orginial purpose was to produce plays by American and foreign playwrights.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Records, 1938-1940

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1938-1940

Box: 1

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Contract: Hemingway (author) , 1948-19389
  • Folder: 2, Contract with actor Franchot Tone , 1939 December
  • Folder: 3, Contracts: Production , 1939 December -1940 September
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence about production issues and contracts, 1939 December-1940 October
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Actors , 1939 December-1940 September
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Production, undated
  • Folder: 7, Production notes, undated
  • Folder: 8, 5th Column Production Script , undated

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