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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Model of Dead End
1936
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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 338, Dead End, 1935-1937

Summary: Sidney Kingsley’s play, although directed by Kingsley, was realized entirely under the supervision of Bel Geddes in the guise of his 128 East 37th Street Corporation. It premiered at New York’s Belasco Theatre on 28 October 1935 and ran for 268 performances before touring. There were road productions in Philadelphia, Chicago, and across the United States.

This job consolidates the file of Dead End Company - Chicago (job 339).

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Hunter Code: DR 7
Hunter Guide: page 41


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Box/Location Folder Description
object a 1 Model (box is 28 3/4 x 34 x 22 inches).
flat file b 1-4 Scene Renderings --- 4 Temperas.
theater box 38 c 1 Costume Renderings --- List and specifications.
flat file d 1-8 Drawings --- 8 Details of scenery.
flat file f 1-9 Drawings --- 9 Plans and elevations.
theater box 38 g 1-3 Production Record Book --- Scripts, cues and directions, diagrams, specifications, correspondence, financial records, production photos, reviews.
theater box 39 g 35 Production Record Book --- Scripts, cues and directions, diagrams, specifications, correspondence, financial records, production photos, reviews (continued).
oversize box 19 h 1 Photographs --- Proof prints by Lucas Pritchard and White studios.
theater box 40 h 2-3 Photographs --- Production photos.
oversize box 19 h 4 Photographs --- Production photos (continued).
flat file h 5-6 Photographs --- Production photos (continued).
theater box 40 h 7 Photographs --- Production photos (continued).
oversize box 19 h 8-9 Photographs --- Production photos (continued).
theater box 40 h 10 Photographs --- Portraits.
oversize box 19 h 11 Photographs --- Portraits (continued).
theater box 40 h 12 Photographs --- Model.
theater box 40 h 13 Photographs --- Captions. Photo of billboard advertisement.
flat file h 14-15 Photographs --- Production photos.
negative box 37 h 16 Photographs --- 3 Negatives.
theater box 40 h 17-18 Photographs --- 35mm Prints and filmstrips [by Frances Waite, filmstrips previously cataloged as h.1-3].
theater box 40 h 19 Photographs --- HRC copy prints.
object i 1 Publicity --- Press Book.
theater box 41 i 2 Publicity --- New York reviews.
oversize box 19 i 3 Publicity --- Magazine clippings.
theater box 41 i 4-23 Publicity --- Road show reviews.
theater box 41 i 24, 26 Publicity --- Motion picture publicity.
oversize box 19 i 25 Publicity --- William Steig original cartoon. Elde Garbe advertisement photo.
theater box 41 i 27, 27a Publicity --- Plagiarism suit clippings. Opinion of the Court.
theater box 41 i 28 Publicity --- Clippings.
theater box 42 i 29 Publicity --- Guest Book 1936-1937.
theater box 42 j 1 Correspondence.
damaged box 10 j 2 Correspondence --- Letters sent 1935-1936. Financial statement. Stage manager's report.
theater box 42 k 1a-d Script --- Versions 3 1/2, 4, 5, [NBG Corrected], 'Rec. 9-14-35 Revised Copy'.
theater box 43 k 4-6 Script --- Versions 3 1/2, 4, 5, [NBG Corrected], 'Rec. 9-14-35 Revised Copy' (continued).
theater box 43 l 1 Action chart pattern.
theater box 43 m 1 Program --- The Playbill Feb1936-May1937.
theater box 43 m 2 Program --- 4 Road show programs.
negative box 37 n 1a 11 Negatives for presentation book.
flat box 8 n 3 2 photostats for presentation book.
negative box 37 n 1b 10 Negatives from production MS floor plan and Action Chart.
flat file n 1b 2 photostats from production MS floor plan.
oversize box 19 o 1 Financial reports of Provincial Productions, Inc.
theater box 43 o 2 Contracts 1935-1936.
theater box 43 o 3 Financial correspondence w/ stockholders 1935-1937.
theater box 43 o 4 Cost estimates and receipts New York, Philadelphia, Chicago 1935-1937.
theater box 43 p 1 Production Specifications --- Cast lists. Opening night guest lists.
theater box 43 p 2 Production Specifications --- Stage manager's reports Nov1935-Jan1937.
theater box 43 p 3 Production Specifications --- Chicago production notes.
theater box 43 q 1, 1a Source Material --- Photographs [by Frances Waite?].
flat file r 1-3 Drawings --- Properties.
theater box 44 r 4 Property list.
Sound Recordings s 1.1 Sound --- Sound effects on eight 16 inch discs, tracks 0-19.
Sound Recordings s 1.2 Continued, tracks 20-32, boats and diving sounds, etc.
Sound Recordings s 1.3 Continued, tracks 33-49, motor boat stopping, etc.
Sound Recordings s 1.4 Continued, tracks 50-55, harbor, etc.
Sound Recordings s 1.5 Continued, tracks 56-59, night club, etc.
Sound Recordings s 1.6 Continued, track 100.
Sound Recordings s 1.7 Continued, track 300, fire (?).
Sound Recordings s 1.8 Continued, splashing water.
theater box 44 s 2 Sound --- Specifications. Reviews describing sound effects in production.
Sound Recordings
R 1426
s 3 Sound --- Tape recording of sound effects in s 1.
theater box 44 s 4 Sound --- Description of sound effects in s 1 (s 1.2-1.5, 1.7 only).
Sound Recordings s 5 Sound --- Tape of incidental noise.
Sound Recordings s 6 Sound --- Electronic transcriptions; sound effects.
theater box 44 u 1 Lighting equipment invoice.
theater box 44 x 1 Exhibit --- Captions for photos.
theater box 44 y 1 NBG notes to Sidney Kingsley.

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