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BYU exhibit to feature materials from 1940 film ‘Brigham Young’

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PROVO, Utah — During July and August, the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU will present an exhibit of materials related to the second president of the Church.

The materials are connected with the 20th Century-Fox motion picture "Brigham Young," the film that dramatized for a worldwide audience the trek of members of the Church from Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley in 1846-47.

The exhibit, "The Fox and the Lion: Darryl F. Zanuck's Brigham Young," contains publicity material, behind-the-scenes photographs, documents, scripts and premiere programs connected with the making and release of the 1940 film. The original presentation scripts along with still photographs in the exhibit were given to Church authorities J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and George D. Pyper.

Also included in the exhibit is correspondence from novelist Vardis Fisher, whose book "Children of God" was the basis for the screenplay. Pages from the personal scrapbook of Dean Jagger, who played the title role, from the library's extensive holdings documenting this film round out the exhibit.