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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 13 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper address

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3255
Scope and Contents Cd of an address by Merian C. Cooper about his film "King Kong."

Merian C. Cooper correspondence and interview

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2024
Scope and Contents Includes photocopies of correspondence between Behlmer, Merian C. Cooper, and others. Also includes recording and transcript of interview recorded by Behlmer with Cooper in 1965 concerning Cooper's service in World War I and the Russo-Polish War (1919-1920); and his films with Ernest B. Schoedsack: "Grass" and "Chang." Some correspondence relates to David O. Selznick and the film, "King Kong."

Doug Fabrizio interview with James D'Arc and Mark Cotta Vaz

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3666
Scope and Contents Interview on compact disc about the 1933 film King Kong and its director and co-producer Merian C. Cooper. Released during the Great Depression and in the year of Franklin D. Roosevelt's election, this film explored the theme of civilization vs. nature. D'Arc and Vaz accredit Cooper for much of the motion industries success and for building the bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries. They discuss parallels between Cooper and the film's star Carl Denham. They point out the influences in...

Merian C. Cooper advertising for King Kong, 1933-1968

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains a broadside, poster, and lobby cards from original and re-release of King Kong (1933). Materials date from between 1933 and 1968.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence on King Kong, 1931-1977

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's production of King Kong (1933). Materials date from 1931 to 1977.

Merian C. Cooper general papers on King Kong, 1933-1983

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains articles, pictorial works, and research related to the production of King Kong (1933). Includes historical accounts of the production of the film, as well as retrospective materials about its historical impact. Materials date from 1933 to 1983.

Merian C. Cooper papers on King Kong, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, screenplays, articles, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's production of King Kong (1933). Also includes information about the 1976 remake of the film.

Merian C. Cooper photographs from King Kong, 1932-1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents note Subseries contains publicity photos, sketches, productions and scene stills, a television retrospective, and newspaper ads for King Kong (1933). Materials date from 1932 to 1933, and around 1965.

Merian C. Cooper print of King Kong, 1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains a print of Cooper's production of King Kong (1933).

Merian C. Cooper recordings on King Kong, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Subseries contains sound recordings of Cooper discussing the production of King Kong (1933).