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Original Screenplay of All the Way Home

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3735

This collection consists of the original 1963 screenplay script of All the Way Home. The screenplay was based on the 1957 James Agee novel A Death in the Family and the dramatic adaptation by Ted Mosel's play All the Way Home. The screenplay was set in a small town in Tennessee and was shot on location in Knoxville in the neighborhood where James Agee grew up.

Dates

  • 1963

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of the original 1963 screenplay script of All the Way Home. The screenplay was based on the 1957 James Agee novel A Death in the Family and the dramatic adaptation by Ted Mosel's play All the Way Home.

Biographical/Historical Note

Philip H. Reisman Jr. was born on November 12, 1916, in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He attended Brown University, after which he worked at RKO-Pathe News as a writer for newsreels and documentaries. He then served in the Marines during World War II as a photographer before returning to RKO-Pathe. He left the company in 1952 to work independently. He died in New Rochelle in 1999. He was 82.

Reisman won five academy awards for his documentary work including This is America. He also wrote for television and film. His most well-known work was All the Way Home (1963), an adaptation of Tad Mosel’s play that was based on James Agee’s A Death in the Family.

James Rufus Agee was born to Hugh James and Laura Whitman (Tyler) Agee in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 27, 1909. Hugh Agee was killed in an automobile accident in 1916, leaving a deep impression on his young son. In 1918, Laura Agee moved James and his younger sister, Emma Farrand, to Sewanee, Tennessee where James attended the St. Andrews School. It was here that he met Father James Harold Flye, who had a profound influence on him. The Agees returned to Knoxville in 1924, and James Agee attended Knoxville High School during the 1924-25 school year. He continued on to Phillips Exeter Academy followed by Harvard University. A parody written for The Harvard Advocate contributed to Agee's employment at Fortune Magazine. His first book (written with photographer Walker Evans), Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, (1940) grew out of an article for Fortune. Agee then wrote book and film reviews for Time before becoming a scriptwriter for television and movies, where he produced such famous works as The African Queen (1951) and The Night of the Hunter (1955). Agee died of heart trouble (exacerbated by his lifelong heavy smoking and drinking) on May 16, 1955 in New York City. At the time of his death, he had been working sporadically on a novel about his father's death for approximately 20 years. His good friend David McDowell completed the work, which was published as A Death in the Family in 1957. The book won Agee a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1958.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections in 2014 from Royal Books.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480