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Arthur Mann and Lawrence Taylor. The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950. Screenplay. Arthur Mann Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (028.00.00)
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The Jackie Robinson Story

In an unusual bit of casting, Jackie Robinson played himself in his own biopic, The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), a low-budget film quickly shot before spring training. Sportswriter Arthur Mann’s episodic screenplay scampers through Robinson’s eventful life in just seventy-six minutes. This copy of the script bears the signatures of Robinson and co-star Ruby Dee, along with Mann’s drawings of Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (top) and coach Clyde Sukeforth, whose characters challenge Robinson in the film’s most dramatic scene.

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