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Walter Bernhardt Bullock papers

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Walter Bernhardt Bullock papers MSD.1928.007

Class of 1928

Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
11 E. Larabee Street
Greencastle, IN


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Repository: Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
Title: Walter Bernhardt Bullock papers
Dates: 1927-1952
Quantity: 0.215 Cubic feet, 1 file folder
Identification: MSD.1928.007

Collection Statement

The collection contains biographical information from the alumni office, a notice of a play he wrote and items relating to the movie, Moon Over Her Shoulder, for which he wrote the screenplay.

The movie, Moon Over Her Shoulder, was produced by Twentieth Century Fox in 1941. The screenplay was written by Mr. Bullock as “Detour to Love." This copy of the screenplay is bound in beige cloth and gilt-stamped brown leather. Quarto. Mimeographed sheets printed on the rectos only; 131 pp. This is the Final Script dated June 18, 1941, with inserted blue revision pages dated June 20, 1941, June 23, 1941, and June 24, 1941 [the film was in production between July 8 and August 1, 1941, and had a U.S. release date on October 24, 1941]. The production included the song “The Girl With The Sugar Brown Hair” (with music by Alfred Newman and lyrics by Walter Bullock). Screenplay by Walter Bullock, based on a story by Eve Golden and Helen Vreeland Smith. Produced by Walter Morosco and directed by Alfred L. Werker, the cast included Lynn Bari, John Sutton, Dan Dailey, Alan Mowbray, Leonard Carey, Irving Bacon, Joyce Compton, Lillian Yarbo, Eula Guy, Shirley Hill, and Sylvia Arslan. Lyricist and screenwriter Walter Bullock was born in Shelburn, Indiana on May 6, 1907. After graduating from DePauw University, Bullock started writing for Hollywood in 1936 and was to collaborate with many film composers. In 1936, he had two successes with “Magnolias in the Moonlight” with music by Victor Schertzinger, and “When Did You Leave Heaven?” with composer Richard A. Whiting. Bullock was nominated for two Academy Awards, and he died in Los Angeles in 1953. This is Dan Dailey’s personal copy of the script. Covers scuffed; internally near fine. [reprinted in part from the dealer's catalog, Clouds Hill Books]

Biographical Sketch

Born May 6, 1907 in Shelburn, Ind., Walter Bernhardt Bullock was a songwriter ("Someday You'll Find Your Bluebird"), composer, author and playwright, educated at DePauw University (BA 1928). As a student, Mr. Bullock was a Rector scholar; a member of Tusitala, The DePauw newspaper staff, the DePauw Magazine staff, the Yellow Crab staff, Glee Club and Press Club; author of the 1927 Old Gold play, The Golden Girl; winner of the Ed Hamilton Poetry Prize; judge for the Association of Women Students, Show-Down; in the cast and crew of several plays and directed one, Dust of the Road.

He joined ASCAP in 1936, and his chief musical collaborators included Harold Spina, Alfred Newman, Richard Whiting, and Abraham Ellstein. His song compositions include "I Still Love to Kiss You Goodnight," "I'd Like to See Samoa of Samoa," "This Is Where I Came In," "This Is a Happy Little Ditty," "I Love to Walk in the Rain," "Song of the Musketeers," "The You and Me that Used to Be," "The Girl with the Sugar-Brown Hair" and "When Did You Leave Heaven?" He died August 19, 1953 in Los Angeles. [reprinted in part from]

Bullock, Walter Bernhardt, class of 1928
DePauw alumni
Manuscripts of alumni. Class of 1928.


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