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Guide to the "Winged Victory" Playbill MSS.3148

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

November 2010

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Winged Victory Playbill

Unit ID:

MSS.3148

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1945 January 7

Abstract:

A playbill for a Chicago production of Moss Hart's 1945 play, Winged Victory.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Scope and Contents note

A playbill for a production of Moss Hart's Winged Victory, performed in the Opera House on Wacker Drive at Madison in Chicago, Illinois, in January, 1945. According to the playbill, the company of Winged Victory consisted entirely of Army Air Forces personnel - 319 service personnel (cast, orchestra, choral group, and production staff) and 39 civilians (cast and production staff).

Biographical/Historical note

Winged Victory was a play written by Moss hart and produced by the United States Army Air Forces in order to boost morale and raise funds for the Army Emergency Relief Fund. The play depicts a group of young trainees from a cross-section of American young men as they work together through pilot training. The play opened in Boston in the fall of 1943, and in New York at the 44th Street Theater in November that same year, playing before 350,000 people in 226 performances there. In 1944, Twentieth Century Fox bought the rights to the film and produced it using a few of the play's actors. Following the film's release, the play toured the country to a combined audience of over 800,000.

Access Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

Winged Victory Playbill, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

James N. Gilbreath, 2010

Source(s)

World War, 1939-1945 (lcsh)

Playbill Box SC0052 Folder 3148.1