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Victor Heerman (1893-1977) was born near London, and was educated in private and public schools in New York City. Heerman moved to Los Angeles around 1913 and became a director in the late 1910s, working for Mack Sennett, Paramount, and others. Shortly after directing "Animal Crackers" in 1930, Heerman began to concentrate on screenwriting. He received an Academy Award for adapting the screenplay for "Little Women" (1933), which he co-scripted with his wife, Sarah Y. Mason. Other credits by the screenwriting pair include "Stella Dallas" (1937) and "Pride and Prejudice" (1940). Heerman retired around 1954.
The Victor Heerman papers span the years 1917-1946 and encompass 8 linear feet. The papers consist primarily of script material for more than 50 films. The bulk consists of various versions of scripts or scenarios written by Heerman and/or his wife Sarah Y. Mason, including "The Age of Innocence" (1934), "Break of Hearts" (1935), "The Chicken in the Case" (1921), "Glamour" (1934), "Golden Boy" (1939), "The Man in Possession" (1931), "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "Pride and Prejudice" (1940), "Stella Dallas" (1937), and "Waltzes from Vienna" (1934). The only material on "Little Women" is an estimating script by Salisbury Field. Of particular interest is a continuity by Mason for "Broadway Melody" (1929). Script material by Heerman and Mason for more than half a dozen unrealized productions—including an annotated script for an unrealized 1940 Harold Lloyd film and an original screenplay for Jack Benny—is of interest. Scripts written by other screenwriters include "Dark Victory" (1939), "The Little Minister" (1934), "Love Hungry" (1928), and "Navy Blues" (1929). Among the other writers represented are Francis Cockrell, Anthony Coldeway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Murfin, Booth Tarkington, Jerry Wald, and P. G. Wodehouse. There are play scripts by Noël Coward, Clifford Odets, and others. Nonscript material includes a 1920-1921 scrapbook and a handful of letters from 1923 to 1946. Also of interest are tapes and transcripts of an oral history with Heerman conducted by Anthony Slide in 1976.
Gift of Victor Heerman, 1977.
Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason