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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 112 Collections and/or Records:

Argosy Pictures Corporation business records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1849
Scope and Contents The records provide insight into legal and tax aspects of film production, as well as documenting the search for suitable story material and researching aspects of a film before production. Includes correspondence; legal, financial, and personnel records; story ideas; a scrapbook; photographs; and other documentation.

Collection of Merian C. Cooper scripts

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5790
Scope and Contents Collection includes photocopies of cutting continuity scripts from six films produced by Merian C. Cooper.

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 book and script papers for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, scripts, and other material related to book and script treatments for A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1958 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1962 and 1963.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence on Chennault of China, 1948-1986

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1948 and 1986.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence on Cinerama Productions Corporation, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series E Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence regarding Cinerama. Materials date from between 1952 and 1962.

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 correspondence with production companies for Chennault of China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 3
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.