Mississippi Matinee an Exhibition of the State and the Silver Screen
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Young did not participate in much of the planning and execution of the movie. He wrote to a friend "Although -- Should I Say ‘Because'? -- I had nothing to do with the film of my book, it has been a great success." Changes in the script included the almost complete removal of the McGehee family and a diminished role for the character of Sally Bedford. Originally slated for that part, Pauline Lord departed the picture during production over the matter. Janet Beecher stepped into the role and performed an admirable job in the eyes of the author. All in all, Young was happy with the film, musing that it was "much changed, but often very beautiful."  On display are two scripts from the movie signed by Randolph Scott, Margaret Sullivan, Stark Young, Walter Connally and King Vidor, the movie's director. There is a facsimile of the film's three-sheet poster. Also included is an outline drafted by Young describing his ideas for the movie. He writes on the draft "I thought of [doing] it into a film -- this was a draft of my plan. Paramount never saw it." 

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