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Marcel Hellman:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hellman, Marcel, 1898-1985
Title: Marcel Hellman Papers
Dates: 1931-1993, undated (bulk 1933-1968)
Extent: 4 document boxes (1.68 linear feet)
Abstract: Hellman was a Romanian-born film producer who worked in the film industry both in Germany and England. The material in this collection reveals the activities of independent film producers and the development of the film industry in Britain and includes agreements, assignments, certificates, correspondence, legal documents, press releases, promotional magazines, receipts, screenplays, and treatments.
Call Number: Film Collection FI-064
Language: English, German, French, Spanish
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2004 (R 15316)

Processed by:

Eric Cartier, 2011

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


The Marcel Hellman Papers document Hellman's work as an independent film producer in Germany and England from the 1930s through the 1960s. Mostly a record of Hellman's professional life, the papers include agreements, assignments, certificates, correspondence, legal documents, press releases, promotional magazines, receipts, screenplays, and treatments. Also included are lists of films that Hellman made, films that he was unable to complete, properties he owned in association, and properties he privately owned. The papers are arranged into two series: I. Film Productions, 1931-1993, and II. Correspondence, 1958-1985.

Series I. Film Productions is arranged alphabetically by production. Materials that were not clearly related to specific productions are gathered in two folders at the end of the series. Series II. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Overall, the papers provide insight into the activities of independent film producers and the development of the British film industry over a large span of the twentieth century. Significant figures documented in the papers include Vittorio de Sica, Howard Koch, Alexander Korda, Angela Lansbury, James Mason, Kim Novak, Emeric Pressburger, and Peggy Robertson, who was Alfred Hitchcock's associate producer for 25 years and Hellman's primary correspondent in the early 1980s. Also documented are Hellman's interactions with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., with whom Hellman produced two films when both were directors of Criterion Film Productions Ltd.-- Accused (1936) and Jump for Glory, released as When Thief Meets Thief (1937).