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   Pare Lorentz Papers, 1914-1994 [Bulk Dates: 1932-1960].

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pare Lorentz Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. I

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Series II: The Fight For Life, 1921-1942, undated

Lorentz’s last major completed film, The Fight For Life is the story of the Chicago Maternity Clinic, a progressive but under-funded healthcare facility that achieved heroic results for Chicago’s working-class families. The movie features three professional actors, but the rest of the people who appear are patients and nurses of the center.

Subseries 1. Distribution, Publicity, Research, 1921-1942, undated

This subseries contains notes and records related to the film’s screenings in various cities. There are many press clippings, mainly movie reviews.

Correspondence--Actors,
1939

Box 18
Folder 1
Advertising,
1940
Box 18
Folder 2
Columbia Pictures,
1940
Box 18
Folder 3 to 4
Contract and Copyright, 1939-1940
Box 18
Folder 5
Camera Report,
1939
Box 18
Folder 6
Continuity,
1940
Box 18
Folder 7
Distribution,
1940
Box 18
Folder 8
Research,
1940
Box 18
Folder 9
Distribution Returns,
1940
Box 18
Folder 10
Distribution--Noncommercial Requests, 1940-1941

Box 19
Folder 1
Fan Letters,
1940
Box 19
Folder 2
Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1938-1940
Box 19
Folder 3
Medical Controversy, 1938-1940
Box 19
Folder 4
Interoffice Memos,
1940
Box 19
Folder 5
Music and Musicians, 1939-1941
Box 19
Folder 6
Publicity, 1938-1940
Box 19
Folder 7
Radio,
1940
Box 19
Folder 8
Previews,
1940

Box 20
Folder 1
Pass List,
1940
Box 20
Folder 2
New York Premiere,
1940
Box 20
Folder 3 to 4
Prints and Production, 1939-1940
Box 20
Folder 5
Special Exploitation,
1940
Box 20
Folder 6
Publicity,
1940
Box 20
Folder 7
Publicity, 1939-1942
(2 Folders)

Box 21
Folder 1 to 2
Stills,
1940
Box 21
Folder 3
Sound Record,
1940
Box 21
Folder 4
Research--Birth Control, 1939-1940
Box 21
Folder 5
Correspondence--A-D, 1939-1940
Box 21
Folder 6
Correspondence--G-L, 1939-1940
Box 21
Folder 7
Correspondence--M-R,1939-1941

Box 22
Folder 1
Correspondence--S-W, 1939-1941
Box 22
Folder 2
Research Materials, 1938-1939
Box 22
Folder 3
Interdepartmental Committee,
1938
Box 22
Folder 4 to 5
Birth Reports,
undated
Box 22
Folder 6
Research Materials, 1938-1939
Box 22
Folder 7
Research Materials, 1938-1939

Box 23
Folder 1
Gruenberg Compositions, 1921-1923
Box 23
Folder 2
Research Materials, 1938-1939
Box 23
Folder 3
Maternity Publications, 1933-1939
(2 Folders)
Box 23
Folder 4 to 5
Doctor’s Organizations Contact Information,
undated

Box 24
Folder 1
Background Notes,
1939

Box 25
Folder 1
Research Materials,
undated
Box 25
Folder 2
Chicago Maternity Center,
1939
Box 25
Folder 3
Maternity Center Bulletin Board Records, 1936-1939
Box 25
Folder 4
Statistics, 1939-1940
Box 25
Folder 5
Research Publications, 1936-1940
Box 25
Folder 6
Research Publications, 1936-1940

Box 26
Folder 1
Research Materials, 1935-1938
Box 26
Folder 2
Screenplay,
1939
Box 26
Folder 3
Shooting Scripts,
undated
Box 26
Folder 4
Reviews,
1940

Box 27
Folder 1
Publicity,
1940
Box 27
Folder 2
Reviews,
1940
Box 27
Folder 3
Script and Research,
1939
Box 27
Folder 4
Research,
1938
Box 27
Folder 5
Publicity, 1939-1940
(2 Folders)

Box 28
Folder 1 to 2
Publicity, 1936-1940
Box 28
Folder 3

Subseries 2. Production, 1939-1940

These files contain extensive documentation of the production process. The production script notes were removed from their original binders.

Script Notes
Production 4--Volume 1,
1939
(2 Folders)

Box 186
Folder 4 to 5
Production 4--Volume 2,
1939
(2 Folders)

Box 29
Folder 1 to 2
Production 4--Volume 3,
1939
Box 29
Folder 3
1939-1940
Box 29
Folder 4
Complete Scripts,
undated
Box 29
Folder 5
Scene Notes,
1939
Box 29
Folder 6
Script Notes,
undated
Box 29
Folder 7
Publicity,
1940

Box 30
Folder 1
Shooting Script,
undated
Box 30
Folder 2
Screenplay,
undated
Box 30
Folder 3
Script Sheet--Chicago Notes,
1939
Box 30
Folder 4 to 5
Script Sheet--Hollywood Notes,
1939

Box 31
Folder 1 to 2
Hollywood and Chicago,
1939
Box 31
Folder 3 to 6
Scene Notes,
1939

Box 32
Folder 1
Exploitation,
1940
Box 32
Folder 2
Script Notes Production 4--Chicago,
1939
(3 Folders)
Box 32
Folder 3 to 5
Shooting Sequences,
undated
Box 32
Folder 6
Shooting Script Report,
1939
Box 32
Folder 7
Shooting Script Report,
1939

Box 33
Folder 1
Code Book,
undated
Box 33
Folder 2
Negative Camera Reports,
1939
Box 33
Folder 3
Lloyd Nosler, 1939-1940
(2 Folders)
Box 33
Folder 4 to 5
Financial Record,
undated
Box 33
Folder 6
Public Health Service,
1939
Box 33
Folder 7
Daily Journal, 1937-1938
(2 Folders)

Box 34
Folder 1 to 2
Daily Journal,
1939
(3 Folders)
Box 34
Folder 3 to 5

Subseries 3. Stills, undated

Some of the still photographs filed here were taken on set, others come from the film itself, and a third group was used by Lorentz for research while he was writing the screenplay.

Mounted Stills,
undated

Box 35
Mounted Stills,
undated

Box 36
Mounted Stills,
undated

Box 37
Folder 1
Stills,
undated
(4 Folders)
Box 37
Folder 2 to 5

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