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Anne Heywood and Raymond Stross Film Collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 1613

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials documenting the professional activities of British actress Anne Heywood and British film producer Raymond Stross.

The collection features materials relating to three early English-language films addressing LGBTQ experience. Stross produced the three films, Leather boys (1964), The Fox (1967) and I want what I want (1972), and Heywood stars in the latter two. The bulk of the collection relates to The Fox (1967), which was based on the story of the same title by D. H. Lawrence. The film was shot in Canada and directed by Mark Rydell. Materials include production files, photographs, publicity, a treatment by Lewis John Carlino, and a screenplay by Howard Koch. Production files consist chiefly of correspondence and financial and legal records, though other materials can also be found. There are approximately 130 contact sheets containing hundreds if not thousands of images with stars Anne Heywood, Sandy Dennis, and Keir Dullea.

Other materials in the collection include photographs and a draft of a screenplay by Gillian Freeman for Leather boys (1964), based on the novel of the same title by Freeman about British rocker subculture, and production files for I want what I want (1972). Photographs relating to Leather boys include 56 contact sheets and an album containing approximately 153 black-and-white prints. Prints and contact sheets feature the film's three stars, Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, and Dudley Sutton.

Material relating to Peter Pan includes Anne Heywood's copy, signed and dated "1959/60" of the script, typescript mimeograph, corrected and annotated, and printed ephemera for the 1961-1962 stage production of the play at Scala Theatre in London.


  • 1959 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Anne Heywood and Raymond Stross Film Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Walter Reuben, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2020.


Arranged alphabetically first by project title and then, within each project, by folder heading.


8.3 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection contains materials documenting the professional activities of British actress Anne Heywood and British film producer Raymond Stross.

Anne Heywood (1931-) and Raymond Stross (1915-1988)

Anne Heywood (1931-), born Violet Joan Pretty, is a British actress who was professionally active from the early 1950s through late 1980s. During the 1960s and 1970s, Heywood appeared in several films produced by her first husband, British film producer Raymond Stross (1915-1988). Their film collaborations include: A Terrible beauty (1960), The Brain (1962), The Very edge (1963), 90 degress in the shade (1965), The Fox (1967), Midas run (1969), I want what I want (1972), and Good luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979). Stross produced several films in England during the 1950s before first collaborating with Heywood on A Terrible beauty, also known as The Night fighters (1960).
Guide to the Anne Heywood and Raymond Stross Film Collection
by Michael L. Forstrom
October 9, 2020
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Finding aid written in English.

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