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"Sister Carrie" screenplay collection

Identifier: MS-1388

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The collection contains the screenplay, synopsis and outlines by Clifford Odets for the unproduced motion picture "Sister Carrie" adapted from the novel of the same name by Theodore Dreiser. The novel depicts the life of a young country girl who, after moving to the city, becomes the mistress of older men but eventually makes her own way in the world when she becomes a successful actress. The collection also contains period research conducted by RKO Studios Research Department, including clippings and photographs of items, locations and people of the 1890s. In addition, notes by Odets on character and plot developments, as well as scenes and music are also included. Of note is a "Story Test" conducted by Audience Research Inc. testing the acceptance value of the subject matter with and without Ingrid Bergman starring as the lead.


  • 1931; 1944


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Copyright on this material has not been evaluated. You are free to use this material in any way that is permitted by copyright that applies to your use.


.5 linear ft. (1 box)

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The collection contains the screenplay, synopsis and outlines of "Sister Carrie," by Clifford Odets as well as research clippings and photographs, story test and notes by Odets on character and plot development.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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