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Publicity and screenings--North America, 1955-1959

Identifier: MSS 1400 Series 10 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 16 Sub-Series 41
In 1932 DeMille returned to Paramount Pictures after an eight-year absence. There he set up his own production entity know to those on his Paramount lot as the DeMille Unit. This series is the largest single group of material in the DeMille Archives, numbering 450 boxes. It is organized into two main groups: General Correspondence and Motion Picture Production Files.

General Correspondence is arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically within each year by individual, organization, or activity, from 1932 to 1959. As with other correspondence files in the archives, files designated as from a specific years. The correspondence deals with promotional activities on films produced during this period as well as story submissions, individuals seeking employment, film industry matters, censorship, casting, and general business.

Covering the years 1932 to 1959, the Motion Picture Production Files contain research, stories, treatments, various script version (many with annotations), story conference notes, director's notes, casting information, contracts, publicity material, critical reactions from viewers, commercial tie-ins, preview cards, publicity tours and premières, and financial records.

Motion pictures documented in this series are: The Sign of the Cross, This Day and Age, Four Frightened People, Cleopatra, The Crusades, The Plainsman, The Buccaneer (1938), Land of Liberty, Union Pacific, North West Mounted Police, Reap the Wind, The Story of Dr. Wassell, Unconquered, Samson and Delilah, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, and The Buccaneer (1958). See also: Scrapbooks, Cecil B. DeMille Productions, Cecil B. DeMille Pictures/Motion Picture Associates, Scripts, Personal, and Videotapes.


  • 1955-1959

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Cecil B. DeMille papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


From the Collection: 1263 boxes (631.5 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 39 oversize boxes (51.6 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 275 v. (82.5 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 80 microfilm reels (16 linear ft.)

Biographical History

American motion picture producer and director, considered the archetype of the American film mogul. His 70 films reflect changing American tastes and values, and he was particularly noted for his multimillion-dollar spectacles.

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Finding aid available in repository.
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States