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Cooper, Merian C.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1893-1973

Biographical History

Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) was an aviator, air force officer, screenwriter, film director, and producer in the United States. He is best known for writing and directing King Kong.

Merian Caldwell Cooper was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries, most famously Grass and Chang, together with Ernest B. Schoedsack. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but focused on film. During his film career, he worked for several Hollywood studios. He is considered co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Citation

Wikipedia, Nov. 16, 2010 (Merian C. Cooper; Merian Caldwell Cooper; b. Oct. 24, 1893 in Jacksonville, Fla.; d. Apr. 21, 1973 in San Diego, Calif.; director of King Kong). Mar. 21, 2017 (aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director; notable movie producer; got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries Grass and Chang together with Ernest B. Schoedsack; member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways; co-inventor of Cinerama; most famous film King Kong (1933); honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1952, Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1960.)

Kozlinski, Marcin, "Biography of Merian C. Cooper", International Movie Database, accessed March 21, 2012, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178260/bio

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper papers on Chennault of China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, drafts, research, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1935 and 1986.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Revenge, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series H
Scope and Contents note Contains a synopsis and scripts for Cooper's unproduced film project Revenge. Materials date from between 1947 and 1963.

Merian C. Cooper papers on unproduced motion pictures, 1936-1975

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, synopses, treatments, publications, photographs, financial records, and research material on various projects that Cooper considered motion picture material, but that were never completed. The most ambitious of these was a film biography of General Claire Chennault, leader of the famed Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group. Other projects include Children of the Sea, Food of the Gods, Revenge, A Thousand Springs (from Anna Chennault's book of the same name), and...

Merian C. Cooper papers regarding Pioneer Pictures, 1936

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, synopses, and other materials related development of Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods with Pioneer Pictures. Materials date from 1936.

Merian C. Cooper preparatory sketches for Chennault of China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains early drafts of biographical sketches for Chennault, used in development for screenplay for unproduced film project Chennault of China. Most of the materials are undated.

Merian C. Cooper screenplays and book drafts for Chennault of China, 1958-1960

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Subseries contains research, screenplay drafts, photographs, and other materials from Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1958 and 1960.

Merian C. Cooper scripts for Children of the Sea, 1957-1960

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series C Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Drafts of screenplays for Cooper's unproduced film project Children of the Sea. Materials date from between 1957 and 1960.

Merian C. Cooper scripts for Young Men Never Die, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series K Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains script treatments and drafts for Cooper's unproduced film project Young Men Never Die. Materials date from between 1933 and 1965.

Merian C. Cooper treatments, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains treatments by multiple authors for the unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1958 and 1960.

Merian C. Cooper treatments for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains script treatments for Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from around 1963 to 1964.