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George A. Custer in film collection

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: DeGolyer Library
Title: George A. Custer in film collection
Inclusive Dates: 1923-1976
Abstract: This collection contains motion picture posters, film stills, lobby cards, pressbooks, flyers, programs, scripts, and soundtrack recordings from various western films related to George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) and the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876).
Accession No: Ag1986.0565 and Ag1986.0565x
Extent: 3 boxes, 1 flat oversize box, 82 posters (568 items)
Language: Material is predominantly in English (additional languages: Danish, Finnish, Flemish, French, Japanese).
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) was a cavalry officer during the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Appointed to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1866, Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry in an attack on Chief Black Kettle’s Cheyenne camp on the banks of the Washita River in Kansas in 1868. He also led an expedition into the Black Hills in Dakota Territory in 1874, shortly before the Black Hills Gold Rush that triggered the federal government’s aggressive efforts to force the region’s tribes off of newly valuable land into smaller reservations. In the ensuing conflict known as the Indian Wars, Custer’s unit was scheduled to take part in the military campaign to defeat Native American tribes under the leadership of the Lakota chief Crazy Horse and the Hunkpapa medicine man Sitting Bull. However, in one of the greatest debacles of the U.S. Army, Custer’s entire unit was wiped out at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 by a coalition of Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors.

Ironically, propaganda and popular imagination quickly turned the military fiasco into a heroic legend. Custer’s widow, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, effectively suppressed any criticism of her deceased husband’s actions, while the idea of a cavalry officer’s valiant stand against overwhelming savage force captured the imagination of journalists and artists alike. So, despite historical evidence of Custer’s vainglorious attitude and his major strategic errors leading up to the crushing defeat, the image of "Custer’s Last Stand"as a heroic effort was popularized in countless paintings, dime novels, and motion pictures. Many motion pictures portraying Custer or the events at the Little Bighorn thus opted to forego historical accuracy for spectacle by idealizing Custer as a fallen hero. Others, however, pointed out Custer’s pompous personality, contempt for Indian military power, and flawed leadership as the culprits for his unit’s demise. Overall, more than forty motion pictures addressed the subject of Custer and the Little Bighorn in one way or another, testifying to the lasting impact of this controversial western legend.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

This assembled collection features 568 different items related to 30 motion pictures, released between 1923 and 1976, which directly or indirectly comment on the figure of George Armstrong Custer and his final defeat at the Little Bighorn. Various other Western historical figures, such as Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, and Wild Bill Hickok, also appear in the films. The collection includes at least one item from 29 of 42 bibliographically cited motion pictures based on a journal article by historian Paul A. Hutton ("Custer of the Movies: A Filmography,"in Custer Research Review, Vol. XIII, No.3 (March 1979), pp. 14-20), as well as one item from a European production not mentioned in Hutton’s article.

The 30 motion pictures represented in the collection are (in alphabetical order):

Badlands of Dakota (1941)

Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976)

Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)

Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

Custer of the West (1968)

Custer’s Last Stand (1936)

The Flaming Frontier (1926)

Fort Apache (1948)

The Glory Guys (1965)

Gold, Glory and Custer Requiem (ca. 1960)

The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

The Legend of Custer (1967)

Little Big Horn (1951)

Little Big Man (1970)

The Oregon Trail (1939)

The Plainsman (1937)

The Plainsman (1966)

Red Tomahawk (1966)

Santa Fe Trail (1940)

The Savage (1952)

The Scarlet West (1925)

Seventh Cavalry (1956)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Sitting Bull (1954)

They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

Tonka (1958)

Touche Pas La Femme Blanche (1974)

Warpath (1951)

Wild Bill Hickok (1923)

Wyoming (1940)

The collection is arranged by type of material and organized into 6 series. It includes a large number of posters in various sizes, lobby cards, black & white and color stills, pressbooks, advertising supplements, flyers, and theater programs. These are predominantly from the first U.S. release of each film, with several items from various foreign releases. The collection also includes a few original scripts and soundtrack recordings.

Detailed inventory of the collection and a copy of the Custer filmography by Paul A. Hutton are available upon request.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized by type of material into 6 series:
Series 1: Stills
Series 2: Scripts
Series 3: Lobby cards
Series 4: Soundtracks
Series 5: Pressbooks & publicity
Series 6: Posters

Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.


Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876 -- In motion pictures
Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876 -- Legends.
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876 -- In motion pictures.
Western films -- United States.
West (U.S.) -- In motion pictures.
Motion picture posters.
Film stills.
Film scripts.
Sound recordings.
Lobby cards.

Related Material

Paul A. Hutton, "Custer of the Movies: A Filmography" in Custer Research Review, Vol. XIII, No.3 (March 1979), pp. 14-20. Copy available upon request.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George A. Custer in film collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1986.

Finding aid written by

Anna Banhegyi, 2008.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2009.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Stills
1 box

This series contains film stills, arranged in folders alphabetically by film title. Most items are black and white 8 x 10"publicity stills, though there are a few color prints as well. Some stills also have captions printed on the front or taped to the back. The majority of the stills are originals from the initial U.S. release of the film.
Box Folder
1 1 Badlands of Dakota (1941)
19 black and white 8 x 10" stills
2 Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
6 black and white 8 x 10" stills
3 Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
29 black and white 8 x 10" stills
4 Custer of the West (1968)
8 color 8 x 10" stills
5 Fort Apache (1948)
2 black and white 8 x 10" stills
4 color stills cut out from a lobby card
6 The Glory Guys (1965)
23 black and white 8 x 10" stills, some with captions taped to the back
7 The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
23 black and white 8 x 10" stills
8 Little Big Man (1970)
12 black and white 8 x 10" stills
7 color 8 x 10" stills
8 color 8 x 10" British stills
9 The Plainsman (1937)
4 black and white 8 x 10" stills
10 The Plainsman (1966)
11 black and white 8 x 10" stills
8 color 8 x 10"stills
11 Red Tomahawk (1966)
13 black and white 8 x 10" stills
2 black and white studio key stills
12 Santa Fe Trail (1940)
9 black and white 8 x 10" stills, some with captions on back
13 The Savage (1952)
19 black and white 8 x 10" stills
14 The Scarlet West (1925)
3 black and white 8 x 10" stills
15 7th Cavalry (1956)
20 black and white 8 x 10" stills
16 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
3 black and white 8 x 10" stills
17 Sitting Bull (1954)
22 black and white 8 x 10" stills
18 Tonka (1958)
17 black and white 8 x 10" stills, some from the subsequent television release under the title "A Horse Called Comanche"
8 color 8 x 10" stills
19 Warpath (1951)
21 black and white 8 x 10" stills
20 Wild Bill Hickok (1923)
5 black and white 8 x 10" stills



 

Series 2:
Scripts
1 box

This series contains four original motion picture screenplays in various stages of production, arranged by title. Some items are annotated.
Box Folder
2 1 Badlands of Dakota (1941)
2 Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Final screenplay, dated May 22, 1954
3 Little Big Man (1970)
Production draft
4 Wyoming (1940)
Script clerk’s script, dated 5/24/1940, heavily annotated



 

Series 3:
Lobby cards
1 box

This series contains lobby cards, arranged alphabetically by title. Lobby cards are typically photomechanically reproduced 11x14"color prints, in series of six or eight different images (stills), designed to be displayed at theatres showing the film; most have the title printed on the front, and some have printed production credits or captions as well.
Box Folder
3 1 Badlands of Dakota (1941)
2 Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
3 Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
4 Custer of the West (1968)
5 Custer’s Last Stand (1936)
6 The Glory Guys (1965)
7 The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
8 Little Big Horn (1951)
9 Little Big Man (1970)
10 Oregon Trail (1939)
11 The Plainsman (1937)
12 The Plainsman (1966)
13 The Savage (1952)
14 The Scarlet West (1925)
15 Sitting Bull (1954)
16 They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
17 Tonka (1958)
18 Warpath (1951)
19 Wyoming (1940)



 

Series 4:
Soundtracks
2 items

These two items are original motion picture soundtracks on vinyl records.
Box Folder
3 20 Custer of the West (1968)
21 The Glory Guys (1965)



 

Series 5:
Pressbooks & publicity
1 box

This series, housed in an oversize box, contains promotional material such as pressbooks, advertising supplements, flyers, and theater programs. Acid-free and mylar folders are arranged separately by title. Most folders contain a U.S.-release pressbook or advertising supplement, any other items are noted.
Box Folder
4 1 Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
Spanish flyer
2 Custer of the West (1968)
Japanese theater program
Spanish flyer
Radio spots on 45rpm vinyl record
3 The Flaming Frontier (1926)
Theater program
4 Fort Apache (1948)
Spanish flyers (2)
British cigarette card
5 The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
Danish theater program
6 The Glory Guys (1965)
Japanese theater program
Spanish pressbook
7 Little Big Man (1970)
British pressbook & synopsis
Spanish pressbook
Japanese theater program
8 The Plainsman (1937)
Danish theater program
Spanish flyer
9 The Plainsman (1966)
Spanish pressbook
Danish theater program
10 Santa Fe Trail (1940)
French pressbook
Spanish flyers (2)
11 7th Cavalry (1956)
German theater program
12 Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
13 Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Spanish flyer
14 The Glory Guys (1965)
15 The Plainsman (1966)
16 Red Tomahawk (1966)
17 Sitting Bull (1954)
Spanish flyer
18 Tonka (1958)



 

Series 6:
Posters
82 items

This series contains motion picture posters of various sizes, housed in the oversize shelving area. Some posters are in mylar covers arranged by title and size, and others are in 4 oversize archival folders, arranged within the folders by title.
Folder
1 One-sheet sizes, miscellaneous:
Gold, Glory and Custer Requiem (ca. 1960)
The Plainsman (1937) – 2 posters
The Savage (1952)
Sitting Bull (1954) – 3 posters
They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
Touche pas la Femme Blanche (1974) – 2 posters
Warpath (1951) – 5 posters
Wyoming (1940)
Folder
2 One-sheet sizes, miscellaneous:
Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), 30 x 40" poster
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965), 47 x 63" poster
The Savage (1952)
Sitting Bull (1954)
Folder
3 Large posters and billboards (three-sheet and six-sheet sizes):
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952): 41 x 81" (2 sheets)
Custer of the West (1968): 41 x 81"
The Glory Guys (1965): 41 x 81" (2 sheets); 81 x 81" (4 sheets)
The Plainsman (1966): 41 x 78"; 81 x 81" (4 sheets)
Red Tomahawk (1966): 41 x 81" (2 sheets)
They Died With Their Boots On (1941): 39 x 55" Italian poster
Warpath (1951): 81 x 81" (4 sheets)
Folder
4 Little Big Man (1970) 47 x 63" French poster
Folder
5-19 (mylar folders) by title:
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952) – 2 posters
Chief Crazy Horse (1955) – 3 posters
Custer of the West (1968) – 5 posters
Custer’s Last Stand (1936) – 3 posters
The Glory Guys (1965) – 4 posters
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) – 4 posters
The Legend of Custer (1967) – 2 posters
Little Big Horn (1951) – 4 posters
Little Big Man (1970) – 10 posters
The Plainsman (1966) – 4 posters
Red Tomahawk (1966) – 4 posters
Tonka (1958) – 4 posters
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) – 1 poster
Fort Apache (1948) – 1 poster
7th Cavalry (1956) – 2 posters



 

Listing of items by film title

BADLANDS OF DAKOTA (1941)
1-2. (2) 11 x 14" lobby cards (nighttime fire scene; scene with Robert Stack at left, Ann Rutherford in center, Broderick Crawford at right) – [Box 3, Folder 6]
3– 20. (18) 8 x 10" black and white stills. (#1166-2, 8, 10, 13, 45, 55, 66, 87, 92, 95, 106, 119, 139, 162AD, 163AD, 176, 177) – [Box 1, Folder 1]
21. 8 x 10" black and white still, unnumbered, of Indians on horseback looking towards the sky, from an undated rerelease distributed by Film Classics, Inc., ca. 1950 – [Box 1, Folder 1]
22. Script, 134 pp., mimeographed. Probably belonged to the actor who played Custer, as all his lines (and only his) are circled in pencil – [Box 2, Folder 1]
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS (1976)
1. Advance 30 x 40" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 2]
BUGLES IN THE AFTERNOON (1952)
1. 41 x 81" poster (2 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
2. Pressbook, 17 x 11", 16 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 12]
3. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 5]
4–11. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 2]
12. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 5]
13. Spanish flyer, 5 ¼ x 3 ¼" – [Box 4, Folder 1]
14-19. (6) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#374-5, 19, 21, 38, 324, 613) – [Box 1, Folder 2]
CHIEF CRAZY HORSE (1955)
1. Pressbook ("Showman’s Manual"), 18 x 12", 10pp. – [Box 4, Folder 13]
2. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 6]
3. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 6]
4-10. (7) 11 x 14" lobby cards (#1-4, 6-8) – [Box 3, Folder 3]
11. 14 x 17 ½" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 6]
12. Spanish Flyer, 4 x 5 ½" – [Box 4, Folder 13]
13– 41. (29) 8 x 10" black and white stills (# 1775-2, 5, AD, 5 AD, 10, 11, 12, 17AD, 18AD, 19AD, 20, 21, 23, 25, 28, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 63, 70) – [Box 1, Folder 3]
43. Script: "Final Screenplay," dated May 22, 1954, 105 pp. Notes concerning the action sequences on the title page – [Box 2, Folder 2]
CUSTER OF THE WEST (1968)
1-8. Set of (8) 8 x 10" color stills – [Box 1, Folder 4]
9. 27 x 41" poster, style A. Stamped on the verso as "regular." At the bottom right, the letter "R" precedes the numbers 68/24, in which "68" indicates the year of release, and "24" was the number assigned to the film by the National Screen Service. The letter "R" was normally used to designate a rerelease, which this film never received – [Oversize shelving, mylar 7]
10. 41 x 81" poster. Also stamped "regular" on the verso. (Perhaps it was meant to distinguish these posters from others planned for reserved-seat "roadshow" engagements) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
11. Original Soundtrack with sleeve. ABC Records, # Stereo ABCS-OC-5 – [Box 3, Folder 20]
12. Australian 13 x 31" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 7]
13. 22 x 28 poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 7]
14. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 7]
15. Pressbook, 13 7/8 x 8 7/8" – [Box 4, Folder 2]
16–23. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 4]
25. Japanese theatre program, octavo, 32 pp. (note: this is one of three such pieces in the collection; there are also Japanese programs for The Glory Guys and Little Big Man) – [Box 4, Folder 2]
26. Spanish flyer, 5 1/4 x 3 7/8" – [Box 4, Folder 2]
27. Set of radio spots on 45rpm record – [Box 4, Folder 2]
28. 15 x 21" Belgian poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 7]
CUSTER’S LAST STAND (1936)
1-2. Two completely different 22 x 28" posters meant to advertise the entire serial: one showing color photos of fifteen principal actors, the other emphasizing artwork about Custer’s Last Stand. Printed by Weiss Exploitation Series – [Oversize shelving, mylar 8]
3. "Chapter One, Perils of the Plains," 27 x 41" poster. This poster, unlike the above, was meant to only advertise the serial’s first chapter. Printed by Morgan Litho Corp. – [Oversize shelving, mylar 8]
4-11. "Episode Four, The Ghost Dancers." Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 5]
FLAMING FRONTIER, THE (1926)
1. Theater program (booklet), octavo, 4 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 3]
FORT APACHE (1948)
1. Belgian 14 x 21" poster (rerelease, ca. 1965, distributed by Standard Films) – [Oversize shelving, mylar 18]
2-5. (4) 7 x 9 ½" color stills cut out of 11 x 14" lobby cards. The lobby cards for this film contained central sections with 7 x 9" color stills portraying scenes from the film. Apparently, at the time of the film’s release, someone at the theatre trimmed down 3 lobby cards in this manner, so the pieces are fragments of the lobby cards (lacking the surrounding border art and credits), but intact stills. They are housed with the stills in Series 1. – [Box 1, Folder 5]
6. British cigarette card. "Turf Cigarettes, A series of 50, No. 41." Henry Fonda in Fort Apache. 2 ½ x 1 ½" – [Box 4, Folder 4]
7. Spanish flyer (1966 rerelease), 5 ½ x 3 ¾" (red and black) – [Box 4, Folder 4]
8. Spanish flyer (orig. release), 6 x 4 ¼" (full color) – [Box 4, Folder 4]
9-10. (2) black and white 8 x 10" stills (#WP-P-12, 21), one with production notes on a folded sheet of paper – [Box 1, Folder 5]
GLORY GUYS, THE (1965)
1. 41 x 81" poster (2 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
2. 81 x 81" poster (4 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
3. 27 x 41" poster, style B – [Oversize shelving, mylar 9]
4. Original soundtrack (monoaural), music by Riz Ortolani. Vinyl record in sleeve. United Artists #UAL 4126 – [Box 3, Folder 21]
5-12. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 6]
13. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 9]
14. Pressbook, 18 x 13 ¼‘’ 12pp. – [Box 4, Folder 14]
15. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 9]
16. Japanese theater program, octavo, 16 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 6]
17. Spanish pressbook, 10 ¾ x 7 ¾‘’ 4 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 6]
18. 22 x 28" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 9]
19-41. (23) 8 x 10" black and white stills (# GG-3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 43, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, L-5, L-3, 29(?)). Most of these stills at one time had brief press releases taped to their versos, some of which are loose but still present – [Box 1, Folder 6]
GOLD, GLORY AND CUSTER REQUIEM (ca. 1960)
1. Belgian 14 x 21" poster (not included in Paul Hutton’s filmography of Custer). This was a European theatrical release of a 2- or 3-part segment of the Clint Walker TV series "Cheyenne." – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
GREAT SIOUX MASSACRE, THE (1965)
1. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 10]
2-9. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 7]
10. French poster, 47 x 63". Art by the famed Roger Soubie (see also #6 for They Died With Their Boots On) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 2]
11. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 10]
12. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 10]
13. Danish theater program, 6 x 4 ½", 8 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 5]
14. 22 x 28" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 10]
15. Spanish Flyer, 5 ¼ x 3 ½" – [Box 4, Folder 5]
16-38. (23) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#FSM- 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 17, 18-20, 21, 25, 30, 31, 38, (?0, 41, 45, 47, 48, 54, 57, 62) – [Box 1, Folder 7]
LEGEND OF CUSTER, THE (1967)
1. Belgian 14 x 21" poster. Since the film was an American made-for-TV movie (or, to be more exact, three episodes of a TV series edited together), there were no posters made for domestic use. The film did, apparently, receive some limited foreign theatrical release, documented by this poster.) – [Oversize shelving, mylar 11]
2. 27 x 41" poster. This power was printed in America for overseas distribution (primarily in small foreign countries which did not produce their own posters) – [Oversize shelving, mylar 11]
LITTLE BIG HORN (1951)
1-8. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 8]
9. 41 x 81" poster (3 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, mylar 12]
10. 22 x 28" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 12]
11. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 12]
12. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 12]
LITTLE BIG MAN (1970)
1. British synopsis, 2pp., 8 x 10" – [Box 4, Folder 7]
2. Finnish poster, 23 ½ x 15 ¼" – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
3. French poster, 47 x 63" – [Oversize shelving, Folder 4]
4. Australian poster, 13 x 30" – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
5. Spanish poster, 39 x 27" – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
6-17. Set of (12) Spanish lobby cards, 9 ¼ x 13 ¼" – [Box 3, Folder 9]
18. Spanish pressbook, 10pp., 7 ½ x 13", + (4) 7 ½ x 4 ¼" extra pages – [Box 4, Folder 7]
19. 30 x 40" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
20-24. (4) 26 x 38" posters on thick glossy paper, similar to some of the Italian sets of large posters, often called "photobusters" (e.g. see below #2 for Touche Pas La Femme Blanche). Title and the credits are in English. Printed in Italy (see "Printed in Italy by Rotograph-Roma" at bottom right), but probably intended for limited U.S. use in a small number of metropolitan first run theaters. The film’s pressbook makes no mention of these pieces. There may have been as many as eight different such posters, all printed in Italy, for this film – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
22-28. (7) 8 ½ x 14" color stills, some laid on heavy paper – [Box 1, Folder 8]
29. Pressbook, 8 ½ x 14", 20 pp. + 4 pp. supplement – [Box 4, Folder 7]
30-37. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 9]
38. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
39-46. Set of (8) British 8 x 10" color stills – [Box 1, Folder 8]
47. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 13]
48. Japanese theater program, octavo, 24 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 7]
49. British pressbook, 11 x 8 ½" 7 pp., laid loosely in folder – [Box 4, Folder 7]
50-61. (12) 8 x 10" black and white stills (# 5041-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20) – [Box 1, Folder 8]
62. Script: "Production Draft," 166pp. Front wrapper has printed title and the number 8 written in ink at the upper right-hand corner, as circulating numbered copies to specific members of the production company was customary in Hollywood. This is a photocopy, but by the time the film was made it was not uncommon for first-generation copies of a script to be circulated in this manner. (Note: the normal rule of thumb is that 1 page of script equals 90 seconds of screentime. Following that rule, this script would have taken up 249 minutes instead of the 150 minutes of the released version, which means much of the material in this script was either never shot or else wound up on the cutting-room floor.) – [Box 2, Folder 3]
OREGON TRAIL, THE (1939)
1. "Chapter Six, Indian Vengeance." 11 x 14" lobby card showing John Mack Brown in center with his left arm around heroine. Seven other unidentified actors are next to and behind Brown – [Box 3, Folder 10]
PLAINSMAN, THE (1937)
1. 11 x 14" lobby card (#8: Gary Cooper), from the 1946 rerelease – [Box 3, Folder 11]
2. 22 x 28" poster, 1946 rerelease, style A – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
3. Belgian 14 x 21" poster (rerelease, ca. early 1950’s) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
4. Danish theater program (original release), 8 ¾ x 6 ¾", 8 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 8]
5. Spanish flyer, 5 ¼ x 3 ½" (original release) – [Box 4, Folder 8]
6-9. (4) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#1639R-6, 8, 21, 37(?)) – [Box 1, Folder 9]
PLAINSMAN, THE (1966)
1. 41 x 78" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
2. Pressbook, 14 ¼ x 11 ½", 8 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 15]
3-10. Set of (8) 8 x 10" color stills – [Box 1, Folder 10]
11-18. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 12]
19. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 14]
20. 81 x 81" poster (4 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
21. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 14]
22. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 14]
23. Spanish pressbook, 12 ½ x 9 ½", 4 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 9]
24. Danish theater program, 6 x 4 ½", 8 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 9]
25-35. (11) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#00002-2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 26) – [Box 1, Folder 10]
36. 22 x 28" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 14]
RED TOMAHAWK (1966)
1. 41 x 81" poster (2 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
2. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 15]
3. 22 x 28" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 15]
4. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 15]
5. Pressbook, 15 x 12 ¼", 6 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 16]
6. Belgian 14 x 21" poster. Printed by Edicolor – Bruxelles – [Oversize shelving, mylar]
7-8. (2) 8 x 10" black and white studio key stills, from the studio’s private archives of stills, which were kept in a three-ring binder. (#25c, 25d) – [Box 1, Folder 11]
9-21. (13) 8 x 10" black and white stills. (#10431-36, 38, 44, 49, 58, 60, 61, 64, 90, 91, 92, 99, 102,) – [Box 1, Folder 11]
SANTA FE TRAIL (1940)
1. French pressbook, 12 ½ x 9 ¼", 8 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 10]
2. Spanish flyer (original release), 5 ¼ x 3 ½" – [Box 4, Folder 10]
3. Spanish flyer (1965 release), 5 ¼ x 3 ½" – [Box 4, Folder 10]
4-12. (9) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#SF-208, 197, 196, 165, 136, 43, + 3 unnumbered). 3 photos bear the stamp on verso of noted and important Hollywood portrait photographer Mac Julian. One of the photos is linen-mounted and was almost certainly originally part of the studio’s own archival set (this studio was in the habit of linen-mounting their "key set" at the time.) – [Box 1, Folder 12]
SAVAGE, THE (1952)
1-8. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 13]
9. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 2]
10. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
11-29. (19) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#11479-1(?), 6, 8, 12, 17, 21, 22, 24, 26, 30, 51, 52, 65, 70, 71, 76, 88, 110, plus one, maybe from a later TV release, where the numbering is illegible – [Box 1, Folder 13]
SCARLET WEST, THE (1925)
1. 11 x 14" lobby card, beautifully tinted, of Custer’s Last Stand – [Box 3, Folder 14]
2-4. (3) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#5, 19, 115) – [Box 1, Folder 14]
SEVENTH CAVALRY (1956)
1. 14 x 22" poster. Theatre sticker affixed in blank top margin.
2. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 19]
3. German theater program, 10 ½ x 7 ¼", 4 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 11]
2-23. (20) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#CD 8344-R2, R3, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 24, 25, 29, 33, 36, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 50, 53, 56) – [Box 1, Folder 15]
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949)
1. Belgian 14 x 21" poster (rerelease ca. 1965, distributed by Belga Films) – [Oversize shelving, mylar 17]
2-4. (3) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#SWY-30, 232, 236) – [Box 1, Folder 16]
SITTING BULL (1954)
1. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 2]
2. 22 x 28" poster, style B – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
3-10. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards. At the lower right, each card is lightly stamped with the numbers "60/164" over the printed numbers "54/438." This simply means that these cards, printed for the film’s original 1954 release, were recycled for the film’s 1960 release – [Box 3, Folder 15]
11-18. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards from the film’s 1960 rerelease. Except for #1, all the images chosen are completely different from those of the original set of 1954, and the typography and layout are completely redone as well – [Box 3, Folder 15]
19. Pressbook, 17 x 11", 20 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 17]
20. 14X36" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
21. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
22. Spanish flyer, 4 ¼ x 5 ¾" – [Box 4, Folder 17]
23-44. (22) 8 x 10" black and white stills (54/438 or R54/438: #SB-4, 9, 13, 16, 30, 47, 48, 52, 57, 62, 67, 70, 71, 85; R60/164: #SB-14, 32, 34, 39, 42, 64, 80, 84) (Note: there appear to be 3 issues of the 8 x 10" black and white stills: (1) original release of 1954, with the number 54/438 at bottom right-hand corner; (2) the second printing of #1, with the letter R (for reissue) added to the 54/438, suggesting that these stills were printed for the rerelease of 1960; (3) the 1960 stills with the number R 60/164 at the bottom right-hand corner) – [Box 1, Folder 17]
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (1941)
1-2. (2) 11 x 14" lobby cards. One card shows Errol Flynn (Custer) at the right of the bar in a brawl with another man whom he is about to lift over the bar – [Box 3, Folder 16]
3. Italian poster, 39 x 55", art signed in the plate by Stefano, from an undated reissue (ca.1960?) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
4. 14 x 36" poster (1956 rerelease, reads "R 56" at bottom right-hand corner) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
TONKA (1958)
1. Pressbook, 15 x 11 ½", 20 pp. – [Box 4, Folder 18]
2. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 16]
3-10. Set of (8) British 8 x 10" color stills – [Box 1, Folder 18]
11-18. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 17]
19. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 16]
20. Belgian 14 x 20" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 16]
21. 14 x 17 ¾" poster – [Oversize shelving, mylar 16]
22-25. Set of (3) 11 x 14" black and white publicity stills (#ton-prod-711, 131D(?), 153H), in 11 x 28" fold-out wrappers with credits and images from the film’s ad campaign – [Box 3, Folder 17]
26-41. (16) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#ton-pub-27, prod-81, pub-122, prod-136b, pub-138, prod-190, prod-317, prod-326, prod-349, p-486, prod-697, prod-770, prod-852, prod-1133, prod-1317, p-1466) – [Box 1, Folder 18]
42. 8 x 10" black and white still (#ton-prod-778), from TV rerelease under the title "A Horse Called Comanche," ca. 1970 – [Box 1, Folder 18]
TOUCHE PAS LA FEMME BLANCHE (1974)
1. Italian poster, 18 x 25 ½". This was apparently one of a series of 8 or 12 posters. All had the same layout, typography, border art, and six captioned photos of the six stars (including Marcello Mastroianni), but the inset color photos at top right (in this case, Custer and various members of his cavalry on horseback) were different on each poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
2. French poster, 23 x 33". Art by Tito Topin shows Custer with blood-drenched sword surrounded by soldiers fighting off Indians – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
WARPATH (1951)
1-8. Set of (8) 11 x 14" lobby cards – [Box 3, Folder 18]
9. 14 x 36" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
10. 27 x 41" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
11. 81 x 81" poster (4 sheets) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 3]
12. 22 x 28" poster (style A) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
13. 22 x 28" poster (style B) – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
14. Belgian 14 x 21" poster – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
15-35. (21) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#6902-2, 53, 56, 61, 65, 67, 74, 83, 101, 117, 120, 132, 139, 140, 142, 156, 158, 168, 170, 172, 174) – [Box 1, Folder 19]
WILD BILL HICKOK (1923)
1-5. (5) 8 x 10" black and white stills (#497-107, 109, 112, 113, 125). Even though Custer appears only briefly in the film, he is in 4 of the 5 photos: 3 with Hickok (William S. Hart), one by himself. The fifth still is of Hickok with Abraham Lincoln – [Box 1, Folder 24]
WYOMING (1940)
1. 11 x 14" lobby card (caption: "Miss Lucy I’d like the job of protecting you…for life") – [Box 3, Folder 19]
2. 14 x 22" poster. Theater imprint at top margin – [Oversize shelving, Folder 1]
3. 11 x 14" title lobby card – [Box 3, Folder 24]
4. Script, "Script clerk’s script," dated 5/24/40, 140 pp. This copy belonged to the script clerk and is heavily annotated in pencil, reflecting changes made in the dialogue, props, cues, costumes, camera movements, etc. – [Box 2, Folder 4]