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Titles in Search of a Script: from the Stanley Kubrick Archives

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2012 at 1:53PM

During their 34-year relationship, Stanley Kubrick and his personal assistant Tony Frewin developed a collection of potential movie titles under the headline: "Titles in search of a script." Lists of Note selected several of their wittiest ideas, with commentary from Frewin following each idea. Some of their most droll titles include:
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Stanley Kubrick

During their 34-year relationship, Stanley Kubrick and his personal assistant Tony Frewin developed a collection of potential movie titles under the headline: "Titles in search of a script."  Lists of Note selected several of their wittiest ideas, with commentary from Frewin following each idea.

Some of their most droll titles include:


COFFIN NOT INCLUDED
(A 1940s noir thriller. When I was researching props for the morgue scene in 'Eyes Wide Shut' I had a catalogue from a company that supplied funeral parlour equipment. One of the illustrations showed a bier with a coffin on it. The caption read: "The Excelsior Bier (coffin not included).")

DR STRANGLE-GLOVE
(Stanley's title misunderstood by a switchboard operator at Shepperton Studios while he was making the film.)

NIGHTCLUBS, MORGUES, HOSPITALS
(A comedy with Steve Martin.)

ONE BAG, ONE NOTEBOOK
(Art house angst, Oskar Werner again.)

SOME LIKE IT COLD
JACK THE SNIFFER
(An intriguing double-bill for forensic science buffs.)


In "The Stanley Kubrick Archives," Frewin writes that the pair toyed with opening an agency that operated only in selling title ideas, noting: "There had to be a market for them as the studios were doing such a poor job themselves."

For more, visit Lists of Note or peruse through the always fascinating tome, The Stanley Kubrick Archives.


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.