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John Twist Screenplay: The Great Man Votes

Collection Number
SC 101/13

OCLC Number

John Twist, 1898-1976

Under review

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
Mimeographed manuscript of The Great Man Votes by John Twist. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay from a story by Gordon Malherbe Hillman. This manuscript was a presentation  copy to Whitney Bolton and includes autograph signatures of most of the principals involved in the 1939 production of the motion picture including John Barrymore, Garson Kanin, and Pandro S. Berman.

Arrangement and Processing Note
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in August 2019.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

John Twist Manuscript, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
John Twist (July 14, 1898 -February 11, 1976) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned four decades. Born John Stuart Twist in Albany, Missouri, he began his career in the silent film era, providing the story for such films as  Breed of CourageBlockade, and  The Big Diamond Robbery. He earned his first screenwriting credit for  The Yellowback in 1929. Twist died in Beverly Hills, California.

Film abstract: The Great Man Votes is a 1939 American drama film starring John Barrymore as a widowed professor down on his luck who has the deciding vote in an election for mayor. It was based on the short story of the same name by Gordon Malherbe Hillman published in the November 1933 issue of  American Magazine. (Source: Wikipedia)

Twist, John.
Bolton, Whitney.
Barrymore, John.
Kanin, Garson.
Berman, Pandro S.
RKO Radio Pictures.