Academy Award for Best Picture: PATTON

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The independent George C. Marshall Museum & Library perpetuates Marshall’s legacy through scholarship, Marshall Legacy Series programs and facilities that offer a wide range of resources and materials for use by the general public, amateur historians, scholars and students of all ages.

Patton Producer Frank McCarthy (1912-1986), VMI Class of 1933, served as an aide to General George C. Marshall during WWII. At age 33 he was the youngest man ever appointed Assistant Secretary of State (1945), and he became personal friends with Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Watch actor Steve McQueen announce the winner of the Best Picture Oscar:

McCarthy also accepted George C. Scott's Oscar for Best Actor, but Scott refused it on personal grounds and McCarthy returned it to the Academy.

Frank McCarthy placed the Oscar on long-term loan to the Marshall Museum in honor of George C. Marshall, George S. Patton and George C. Marshall Foundation President General Omar Bradley.

The George C. Marshall Library Archive contains the Frank McCarthy Collection. The papers cover two aspects of the career of Frank McCarthy (1912-1986), who served as Secretary, General Staff, under George C.Marshall from 1942-1945. These include his War Department years and his Hollywood career. War Department papers include correspondence, material dealing with inspection trips, arrangements and technical planning for Allied Conferences, speeches, maps, and clippings. McCarthy’s Hollywood career is documented by correspondence (1946-1949) and programs, as well as material relating to three of his films: Patton (1970), MacArthur (1977) and Marshall: Man of Peace, Man of War (not released). These records include correspondence, memos, research material, film scripts, production material, publicity information, and clippings. The Patton material is especially rich, providing a study of the making of a motion picture from start to finish, including research, legal matters, script writing, filming, reviews, and the winning of the Academy Award.

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