Donn’s Notes on the 1930s

Here is another sample of Donn’s handwriting. I’m getting better at interpreting it mainly by virtue of knowing a lot of the subjects already and being able to piece it together. I decided to actually type up my interpretation of this page. Maybe I know something the next person won’t and I can give insight.

It is interesting to see the bare notes on the Marlene Dietrich story here. It’s sad to know how many notes I have and they never got finished like the Dietrich story…

So here is the original document and my text. Feel free to chime in where I may be wrong and where I note via italics that I am not sure what it says.

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And my interpretation:

TROPICAL GARDENS, BLDG TO RESEMBLE

50 YRS, RAIN, THUNDER, Garden light

Sound system at coconut base GRID pipxxx

From back of kitchen: Lawrence + I design

FOG. SCREAMS – TRIALS, ABANDON IDEA.

1937 – Crowds, Rope at gate. Mary

Pickford, Pat Odai, New Drinks –

Flaming Kona Coffee Grog. Zombie

Navy Grog, Mai Tai, Sell Trader Vic all his

tropical. Relate Sale – Buy Rhum

West Indies, Bautista, Cuba, Cigar MFG.

Daiquiris. Technical director. “Moon of

Manakoora,” “The Beachcomber.” Chas Laughton

Bottle DtheB Jamaican Rhum.

Marlene Dietrich, Open at Grumman’s

In Epic. – Drinks at bar, crowd,

Gold Cup, Low cut gold lame gown

Tip in bosom. Hot toilet. Pull down strapps

She insists dry her off. Laffs much later

1938 Start build Encino Tropical Paradise

Special effect. Ed Lawrence. Rain on

Roof. Night XXXXX. Black lights, pool, gardenia

Navel orange, drink from trees, tree house.

Red Skelton. Girls – Luaus. Movie Stars

Tony + Vinton, Dinners. Coco xxxx, rain

Down pour over Gardens + Pool, huts

Banana grove, Galapagos turtle

Dinner Lanai, John Ford, Walter Huston

Coconut Wind xxxxx.. Parties Bing Crosby

Girl – 4 AM – Singing

Mexico safari – Swamsey Austin. Africa

Saxxxx Caxxxx, Swaxxxx shark

Saw Fish, Gnats, Bourbon, Birth of baby

Sawfish. Portagas. Bring complete film

To Jack Warner as short subject

Mrs Warner presents our sxxx

We xxx rancher. Good pieces

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