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SIX SCREENPLAYS BY ROBERT RISKIN.

McGilligan, Pat. (Ed. & introduction) Riskin, Robert. (Screenplays)

ISBN 10: 0520205251 / ISBN 13: 9780520205253
Published by CALIFORNIA., BERKELEY, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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A trade-size paperback. Fine in pictorial printed wrappers. Features the screenplays for: "Platinum Blonde", "American Madness", "It Happened One night", "Mr. Deeds goes to Town". "Lost Horizon", & "Meet John Doe.". Bookseller Inventory # 311232

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Title: SIX SCREENPLAYS BY ROBERT RISKIN.

Publisher: CALIFORNIA., BERKELEY

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Screenwriter Robert Riskin (1897-1955) was a towering figure even among the giants of Hollywood's Golden Age. Known for his unique blend of humor and romance, wisecracking and idealism, Riskin teamed with director Frank Capra to produce some of his most memorable films. Pat McGilligan has collected six of the best Riskin scripts: Platinum Blonde (1931), American Madness (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), and Meet John Doe (1941). All of them were directed by Capra, and although Capra's work has been amply chronicled and celebrated, Riskin's share in the collaboration has been overlooked since his death. McGilligan provides the "backstory" for the forgotten half of the team, indispensable counterpoint to the director's self-mythologizing autobiography—and incidentally the missing link in any study of Capra's career.

Riskin's own career, although interrupted by patriotic duty and cut short by personal tragedy, produced as consistent, entertaining, thoughtful, and enduring a body of work as any Hollywood writer's. Those who know and love these vintage films will treasure these scripts. McGilligan's introduction offers new information and insights for fans, scholars, and general readers.

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When we hear the titles It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, and Meet John Doe, we think immediately of Frank Capra, their brilliant and much beloved director. But did you know that these and many other Capra films were all written by the same man, the unfairly neglected Robert Riskin? Such films, like all of Capra's best, are wonderfully witty, a delightful marriage of word and image. With Six Screenplays by Robert Riskin, you can read about the lesser-known element of the Capra/Riskin collaboration and treat yourself to six of the best screenplays ever written. Patrick McGilligan has provided good notes to the scripts as well as a fine introduction that describes Riskin's Lower East Side upbringing in New York City, his early career in movies, his collaboration and friendship with Capra, his marriage to Fay Wray, and his sad, untimely death.

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