Friendly Persuasion Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Michael Wilson (Screenplay), Jessamyn West (Novel)

Script Synopsis:The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

The Heiress Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Henry James (Novel), Augustus Goetz (Theatre Play), Ruth Goetz (Screenplay), Augustus Goetz (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance.

Funny Girl Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Isobel Lennart (Novel), Isobel Lennart (Screenplay), Isobel Lennart (Story)

Script Synopsis:The story of the life of comedienne Fanny Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein.

Dead End Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Lillian Hellman (Screenplay), Sidney Kingsley (Theatre Play)

Script Synopsis:Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave, a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Jezebel Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:John Huston (Screenplay), Robert Buckner (Screenplay), Abem Finkel (Screenplay), Clements Ripley (Screenplay), Owen Davis (Theatre Play)

Script Synopsis:In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.

The Letter Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:W. Somerset Maugham (Theatre Play), Howard Koch (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.

Roman Holiday Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Dalton Trumbo (Novel), Ian McLellan Hunter (Screenplay), John Dighton (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Big Country Script

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:Donald Hamilton (Novel), James R. Webb (Screenplay), Sy Bartlett (Screenplay), Robert Wilder (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

The Best Years of Our Lives

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Director:William Wyler
Written by:MacKinlay Kantor (Novel), Robert E. Sherwood (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?