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Description
The Gil Kurland papers span the years 1927-1969 and encompass 4.7 linear feet. The collection contains scripts and production material, including budgets for a number of feature films of the 1950s and 1960s and music recording estimates for several mid-1930s Universal films. Miscellaneous items relating to Kurland, include his passports and documentation of shooting locations in Germany, Mexico, and Spain. Of interest is a 1957 Pacific Coast studios payroll transcript for Universal employees, including musicians in the contract orchestra, a 1954 Universal studio organization chart, and a 1958 personnel directory and organization chart for Hecht-Hill-Lancaster. The collection also contains photographs. The photograph series consists of prints of motion picture production and biography photographs.
Background
Gil Kurland was an American production manager. From 1932 through 1938 he was head of the Sound and Music Departments at Universal. From 1938 through 1945 Kurland was a first assistant director and then a unit production manager at MGM. He returned to Universal as assistant production manager, and in 1951 became the studio production manager. He served as a production manager for Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions from 1957. Kurland's career ended in 1965 with a job as production manager on a Hanna-Barbera television pilot.
Extent
4 linear feet of papers. 0.7 linear feet of photographs.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.