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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed contract signed ("F. Scott Fitzgerald") between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and Fitzgerald for his services as a "scenario writer" for the four-week period 26 August through 22 September 1940; Beverly Hills, actually signed 30 August 1940. 4 pages, 4to, original ribbon copy, single-spaced, in original pale blue wrappers, stapled; studio typing and handwritten notes and a stamp on front cover; signed by Fitzgerald, two studio executives, and a notary public on the fourth page.
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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed contract signed ("F. Scott Fitzgerald") between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and Fitzgerald for his services as a "scenario writer" for the four-week period 26 August through 22 September 1940; Beverly Hills, actually signed 30 August 1940. 4 pages, 4to, original ribbon copy, single-spaced, in original pale blue wrappers, stapled; studio typing and handwritten notes and a stamp on front cover; signed by Fitzgerald, two studio executives, and a notary public on the fourth page.

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed contract signed ("F. Scott Fitzgerald") between Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and Fitzgerald for his services as a "scenario writer" for the four-week period 26 August through 22 September 1940; Beverly Hills, actually signed 30 August 1940. 4 pages, 4to, original ribbon copy, single-spaced, in original pale blue wrappers, stapled; studio typing and handwritten notes and a stamp on front cover; signed by Fitzgerald, two studio executives, and a notary public on the fourth page.

THE LAST CONTRACT

This document (the studio's retained copy) is Fitzgerald's final contract for screen writing during his last stay in Hollywood. He undertook the work to finance time to finish his novel about the movie industry, the posthumously published The Last Tycoon (1941). "Fitzgerald's last screenwriting assignment came when Twentieth Century-Fox hired him to prepare a screenplay from The Light of Heart, Emlyn Williams's play about an alcoholic actor. The job paid $1,000 per week from 26 August to 15 October [the four weeks was extended to six]. He submitted three drafts, but his version was rejected as too gloomy. The assignment was turned over to Nunnally Johnson...At Fox he was also involved in a story conference for Everything Happens at Night, a Sonja Henie vehicle, and may have worked briefly on 'Brooklyn Bridge,' a proposed movie about the building of the bridge" (Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur, p. 577). Fitzgerald died in Hollywood on 21 December 1940, the novel which he desperately tried to complete left unfinished.
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