|David Hempstead and Ginger Rogers
13th Annual Academy Awards
Lauren Bacall - Marilyn Monroe
|David Hempstead - Nunnally Johnson 1940's award,
described by Time Magazine as an OscarÂ®.
This item was aquired from a collector. It is a statuette
made of plaster, stands 14" and belonged to David
Hempstead. The Statuette is documented in a Time Magazine
article from Feb. 23, 1942 entitled "The New Pictures." Given
the date of the article, Hempstead would have had this award
made somtime prior to Feb 1942. The article mistakenly
identifies the award as being made of wood, but it is clearly
made of plaster. This discrepancy may have been due to the
base being made of wood or a mis-identification by the writer.
I recently had the award restored by the fine folks at Phoenix
Art Restoration in Seattle, WA. As you can see by the photos
they did an Excellent Job! My Thanks to Danny and his staff.
Hempstead became a producer at RKO Radio, and then
moved to 20th Century-Fox as an assistant to Nunnally
Johnson, and then as an Associate Producer on Darryl F.
Johnson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Screenplay in 1940 for "The Grapes of Wrath" and the
Directors Guild of America Best Directors Award in 1956 for
"The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."
Hempstead's credits as an associate producer include
HAPPY LANDING, LITTLE MISS BROADWAY, HOLD THAT
CO-ED, STRAIGHT PLACE AND SHOW and JUST AROUND THE
CORNER (all 1938). Promoted to producer in 1939, his
subsequent credits include IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (1939),
KITTY FOYLE: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A WOMAN (1940),
JOAN OF PARIS (1942), FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, MR. LUCKY, THE
SKY'S THE LIMIT and TENDER COMRADE (all 1943), NONE BUT
THE LONELY HEART (1944), PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (1948), and
THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS (1956). Hempstead also wrote
the story for HELL AND HIGH WATER (1954).
Nominated for Best Picture 1940: KITTY FOYLE - Producer at