Leonard Gershe papers, 1944-2000

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Title: Leonard Gershe papers
Collection number: PASC 268
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 linear ft. (14 boxes and 1 oversize box.)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1966-1990
Date (inclusive): 1944-2000, (bulk 1966-1990)
Abstract: Leonard Gershe The collection consists of scripts, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and legal and financial clippings, and legal and financial papers for various productions. Also includes a variety of lyrics and music sheets, a small collection of material written or collected by Gershe, legal documents, correspondence, and photographs.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Gershe, Leonard

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leonard Gershe Papers (Collection PASC 268). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2003.

Biography

Leonard Gershe was born in NY,1922. He began his entertainment career writing material for revues. He collaborated with composer Richard Adinsell on A Jabberwocky Song and Sing, for the revue Tuppence Coloured (1947). Gershe moved to Hollywood after forming a close professional relationship with composer-arranger Roger Edens and together they co-wrote Born In A Trunk, performed by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (1954). His numerous credits include Destry Rides Again (1959), Funny Face (1957), Silk Stockings (1957), Butterflies are Free (1969), 40 Carats (1973), That's Entertainment II (1976), T he Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1978), and Snacks (1982). Gershe died in Beverly Hills, CA on March 9, 2002.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of material related to the career of playwright and lyricist, Leonard Gershe. Primarily includes scripts, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and legal and financial papers for various productions of Butterflies Are Free. Other projects include Snacks, Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Destry Rides Again, among others. Also includes a variety of lyrics and music sheets; a small collection of eulogies, speeches, and toasts written or collected by Gershe; legal documents pertaining to Born in a Trunk; correspondence; and photographs.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4859480 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gershe, Leonard--Archives.
Clippings.
Composers--Archives.
Dramatists--Archives.
Film scripts.
Plays.
Song sheets.

Container List

 

40 Carats.

Box 7

40 Carats A screenplay by Leonard Gershe - revised motion picture shooting script - set photographs. 1972 Aug 22.

Box 7

40 Carats publicity reviews - clippings. 1972.

 

According to Jan.

Box 7

According To Jan A teleplay by Leonard Gershe - The Janet Leigh Show teleplay script. no date.

Box 7

According To Jan by Leonard Gershe - The Janet Leigh Show first draft teleplay script. 1967.

 

Boys On Top (The).

Box 8

Boys On Top (The) by Leonard Gershe - synopsis. no date.

 

Broadway Babies.

Box 8

Broadway Babies - contracts. 1978.

Box 8

Broadway Babies A musical comedy, book by Leonard Gershe - synopsis and first draft script (musical). 1978.

Box 8

Broadway Babies by Leonard Gershe - script (musical). no date.

 

Butterflies Are Free.

Box 1

[Butterflies Are Free] - play script. no date.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free - photos by Max Eisen 234 West 44th Street NY, NY 10036. no date.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free "Le Fafalle Sono Libre" Italian - script. no date.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free (1 of 2) - letters and personal ephemera. 1969-1985.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free (2 of 2) - letters and personal ephemera. 1969-1985.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free a Frankovich production - original screenplay and shooting script. 1971.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free A play by Leonard Gershe - annotated play script. no date.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free An original screenplay by Leonard Gershe - shooting script. 1971 Aug 16.

General note

Bound with production information and stills.
Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Australia - production rights, correspondence, and royalty information. 1970-1971.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Austria - production rights agreement. 1989.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Austria English Speaking Theatre of Vienna - reviews and ephemera. 1990.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free bus and truck - clippings. 1971-1972.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Canada - production rights and correspondence. 1971, 1979-1980.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free China - production rights agreement. 2000.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free correspondence pre-Broadway. 1968-1969.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Czechoslovakia - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1973-1990.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free Dutch - production rights, correspondence, financial statements, and agreement. 1970-1980, 2000.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free England (1 of 2) - ephemera and clippings - clippings. 1970, 1982.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free England (2 of 2) - ephemera and clippings - ephemera. 1970, 1982.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free Eric Douglas Dinner Playhouse, Inc. Kansas City, MO - correspondence, clippings, and ephemera. 1986.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free film letters - clippings and correspondence. 1972.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free film reviews and articles (1 of 2) - clippings, ephemera, and correspondence. 1972.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free film reviews and articles (2 of 2) - clippings, ephemera, and correspondence - clippings and ephemera. 1972.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free film stills. 1972.

Box 1

Butterflies Are Free France - production rights, correspondence, and ephemera. 1970-1989.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 15

Butterflies Are Free France - production rights, correspondence, and ephemera - poster removed from Box 1. 1970, 1972.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 1.
Box 2

Butterflies Are Free France, Belgium - clippings and ephemera. 1970, 1972.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Germany - clippings and correspondence. 1971.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Germany - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1969-1997.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free Gloria Swanson NY reviews - clippings and ephemera. 1971.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Greece - production rights, correspondence, and contract. 1970-1994.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Greece, Turkey, So. Africa, Israel, Australia - photos, clippings, and ephemera. 1970-1971.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Holland - scripts, clippings, ephemera, and photos. 1970.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Hungary - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1971-1999.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free India - production rights. 1971.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Ireland - production rights. 1972.

Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Israel - production rights, correspondence, financial statements, and agreement. 1971-2000.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Italy - clippings and ephemera. 1971.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 15

Butterflies Are Free Italy - clippings and ephemera - poster removed from Box 3. 1971.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 3.
Box 2

Butterflies Are Free Italy - production rights and correspondence. 1970-1973, 1995, 1997.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Japan - production rights and agreement. 1980, 1990.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Konzertkirektion Landgraf Neustadt-Schwarzwald - correspondence and clippings. 1973-1975.

General note

German scrapbook.
Box 1

Butterflies Are Free language translations - performing rights documents. 1983, 1985, 1997.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free McGraw-Hill or S. French - correspondence and reprint permissions. 1980.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Mexico - production rights and agreement. 1970-1983.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free Miami Beau Bridges, Ann Southern, Pamela Kingsley - clippings. 1971.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free misc. production correspondence. 1970-1980.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free motion pictures - correspondence and royalty statements. 1969-1982.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free National Company (1 of 3) - ephemera and clippings - ephemera. 1970-1971.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free National Company (2 of 3) - ephemera and clippings - clippings. 1970-1971.

Box 6

Butterflies Are Free National Company (3 of 3) - ephemera and clippings - clippings. 1970-1971.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Poland - clippings and ephemera. 1972-1976.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Poland (1 of 2) - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1971-1977.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Poland (2 of 2) - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1978-1987.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Portugal - production rights. 1971.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Puerto Rico - production rights. 1971.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free quote from Iran-Contra hearings - clippings. 1987.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free Random House - correspondence and royalty statements. 1970-1975.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free reviews - photocopies and ephemera. 1969-1970.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free reviews and clippings. 1969-1970.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free Samuel French (stock and amateur) - correspondence, agreement, and reprint permissions. 1969-1979, 1994-1995.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free Scandinavia - production rights, correspondence, financial statements, and agreement. 1970-1974, 1991.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free So. Africa - production rights, correspondence, and financial statements. 1971, 1985.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free So. America - production rights, correspondence, financial statements, and agreement. 1971-1980, 1994.

Box 3

Butterflies Are Free So. America, Mexico (1 of 2) - script, correspondence, photos, clippings, and ephemera - script, correspondence, photos, and ephemera. 1971.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free So. America, Mexico (2 of 2) - script, correspondence, photos, clippings, and ephemera - clippings and ephemera. 1971.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Spain - correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and photos. 1971.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 15

Butterflies Are Free Spain - correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and photos - poster removed from Box 4. 1970.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 4.
Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Spain - production rights, correspondence, financial statements, and agreement. 1970-1975, 1994.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free stock - clippings and ephemera. 1971-1972, 1976.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free summer stock reviews - clippings, correspondence, and ephemera. 1969.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Sweden, Denmark, Norway - correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and photos. 1971.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 15

Butterflies Are Free Sweden, Denmark, Norway - correspondence, clippings, ephemera, and photos - posters removed from Box 4. 1971.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 4.
Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Turkey - production rights, correspondence, and agreement. 1970, 1988.

Box 5

Butterflies Are Free TV - production rights, correspondence, and agreement. 1977-1979.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free West Indies - production rights. 1972.

Box 4

Butterflies Are Free Yugoslavia - production rights. 1971, 1973.

Box 13

Gershe Butterflies Are Free - cast photo album from New York (Broadway) production. 1970 June 10.

 

Climb Upon My Knee.

Box 8

Climb Upon My Knee A comedy by Leonard Gershe - script and correspondence. 1966.

Box 8

Climb Upon My Knee by Leonard Gershe - script (play). no date.

Box 8

Climb Upon My Knee by Leonard Gershe - script (play). no date.

 

Delicate Outrage (A ).

Box 8

Delicate Outrage (A) by Leonard Gershe, Outline for It Takes A Thief - synopsis and motion picture script. no date.

 

Destry Rides Again.

Box 7

Destry "Fair Warning" lyrics. no date.

Box 9

Destry England, British Production - correspondence, clippings, and ephemera. 1981-1982.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 15

Destry England, British Production - poster removed from Box 9. 1981-1982.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 9.
Box 9

Destry Rides Again by Leonard Gershe - script (musical), ephemera, and set photographs. ca. 1959.

 

Eulogies, Speeches, and Toasts Written or Collected by L. Gershe.

Box 14

Eulogies, Speeches, and Toasts (1 of 3) - scripts, ephemera, and clippings. 1944-1996.

Box 14

Eulogies, Speeches, and Toasts (2 of 3) - scripts, ephemera, and clippings - ephemera. 1944-1996.

Box 14

Eulogies, Speeches, and Toasts (3 of 3) - scripts, ephemera, and clippings - Kennedy clippings and ephemera. 1944-1996.

Box 14

Remembering Connie Salinger cassette tape. no date.

 

Fame and Fortune.

Box 9

Fame and Fortune (The Enchanted Cottage) A screenplay by Leonard Gershe - first draft script. 1977.

Box 9

Fame and Fortune (The Enchanted Cottage) by Leonard Gershe - second draft screenplay. 1977 Dec 2.

General note

Two script copies.
 

Friend of the Family.

Box 9

Friend of the Family by Leonard Gershe - script (play). no date.

 

Funny Face.

Box 9

Funny Face by Leonard Gershe - revised final white motion picture script with set photographs - new print clipping. 1956 Mar 21, 1990.

Box 7

Music and lyrics. 1956.

 

Hand in Hand.

Box 10

Hand in Hand - synopsis. no date.

 

Horse Opera.

Box 15

Horse Opera A musical satire by Enoch Sheraton (book) and Leonard Gershe (music and lyrics) - music for Horse Opera - music and lyrics pulled from Box 10. no date.

General note

Oversized material pulled from Box 10.
Box 10

Horse Opera A musical satire by Enoch Sheraton (book) and Leonard Gershe (music and lyrics) - script. 1947.

General note

Oversized material moved to Box 15.
Box 7

Horse Opera lyrics. no date.

 

I Married A Star.

Box 10

I Married A Star - Outline of a half hour comedy by Leonard Gershe. no date.

 

Jacobowsky and the Colonel.

Box 10

Jacobowsky and the Colonel A musical by Leonard Gershe (book) and Stan Daniels (music and lyrics) - first draft script. 1976 Aug.

 

Lawsuit Gershe v. Haver, et al. (A Star Is Born - Born In A Trunk).

Box 14

[Gershe v. Haver, et al. suit] - request for documents and interrogatories. 1989.

Box 14

Born in a Trunk libel suit - correspondence and clippings. 1985, 1996-1991.

Box 14

Deposition - Gershe v. Haver, Luft, and Knopf, Inc.. 1990.

Box 14

Knopf's requests - correspondence and legal documentation. 1989.

Box 14

Libel settlement, apology statement, Luft dismissal letter - correspondence and legal documentation. 1991.

Box 14

M.S. Luft - correspondence and legal documentation. 1954, 1985.

Box 14

Stein and Kahan contract - correspondence and financial statement. 1989, 1991.

 

Man in the Santa Claus Suit (The).

Box 10

The Man in the Santa Claus Suit A teleplay by George Kirgo, Story by Leonard Gershe - first script after final draft - correspondence. 1979 Oct 11.

Box 10

The Man in the Santa Claus Suit An outline by Leonard Gershe - annotated and revised script pages. 1979 May 23, 1979 Sept 11.

 

Mato Grosso.

Box 10

Mato Grosso by Leonard Gershe - outline for a mystery-adventure series for TV, including synopsis for a feature film. no date.

 

Misc. Correspondence.

Box 13

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Correspondence. 1984, 1989.

Box 7

Gloria Vanderbilt - handwritten note. no date.

Box 13

Letter and photo from Peter Turrini - personal ephemera. no date.

 

Miss Pell Is Missing.

Box 10

Miss Pell Is Missing by Leonard Gershe - corrected script (play) - set photographs and ephemera. ca. 1962.

 

Music Written or Collected by L. Gershe.

Box 7

Addinsell Music. 1954-1959.

Box 7

Alive and Kicking lyrics by Leonard Gershe and music by Irma Jurist. 1947.

Box 7

Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blanc. no date.

Box 14

Marti Stevens - musical numbers list for The American Musical Comedy Script. ca. 1980s.

Box 7

Music by Addinsell. 1948, 1950.

Box 14

Songs of Irving Berlin - songbook and tribute ephemera. 1990.

Box 7

Star Is Born (A) - music and lyrics. 1954.

Box 7

Various lyrics and music sheets. no date.

Box 7

Wedding Day (Ogden Nash and Vernon Duke). no date.

 

No Strings.

Box 10

No Strings (1 of 2) - by Leonard Gershe - A screenplay from the musical play by Richard Rodgers (music and lyrics) and Samuel Taylor (book). no date, 1966.

Box 11

No Strings (2 of 2) - by Leonard Gershe - A synopsis, reviews, and correspondence. no date, 1966.

 

Nutcracker (The).

Box 11

Nutcracker (The ) - synopsis and correspondence. 1966.

Box 11

Nutcracker (The) (1 of 2) - by Leonard Gershe - first draft screenplay. no date, 1967.

Box 11

Nutcracker (The) (2 of 2) - by Leonard Gershe - screenplay drafts and correspondence. no date, 1967.

 

Photographs.

Box 13

Photo album - "Lennys". no date.

Box 13

Unidentified photographs. no date.

 

Rear Window.

Box 11

Rear Window - contract and correspondence. 1982.

Box 11

Rear Window A play by Leonard Gershe from a story by Cornell Woolrich - second draft script (play). no date.

Box 11

The All New.. Rear Window A screenplay by Leonard Gershe from the story Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich. no date.

 

Second Time Around.

Box 11

Second Time Around written by Leonard Gershe - screenplay. 1974 Dec 10.

 

Silk Stockings.

Box 11

Silk Stockings by Leonard Gershe - changes to motion picture script - set photographs. ca. 1956-1957.

 

Snacks.

Box 12

Snacks A play by Leonard Gershe - play script. 1980 June.

Box 12

Snacks - Brisson contract. 1982.

Box 12

Snacks - Brisson correspondence and clippings. 1982.

Box 12

Snacks - clippings, correspondence, photos, and ephemera. 1984, 1987.

Box 12

Snacks - Jim McKenzie (Connecticut Theatre Foundation) contract. 1984.

 

Stone of Chastity (The).

Box 12

The Stone of Chastity - synopsis. no date.

 

Swing Low, Sweet Harriet.

Box 12

Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (1 of 2) - script - revised first draft script. 1967-1968.

Box 12

Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (2 of 2) - script - script outline, ephemera, revised first draft script. 1967-1968.

 

That's Entertainment, Too.

Box 12

That's Entertainment, Too - songwriters sequence. 1975 June.

 

That's Willie for You.

Box 12

That's Willie for You A screen treatment by Leonard Gershe - synopsis. no date.

 

TJB on Tour (The).

Box 13

The TJB on Tour by Leonard Gershe - treatment first draft synopsis. no date.

 

Tuppence Coloured (Europe Trip).

Box 8

Europe (1 of 3) - ephemera, correspondence, and clippings - correspondence and Tuppence Coloured ephemera and clippings. 1947.

Box 8

Europe (2 of 3) - ephemera, correspondence, and clippings - telegrams and travel ephemera. 1947.

Box 8

Europe (3 of 3) - ephemera, correspondence, and clippings - clippings. 1947.

 

Valentine Hatchett.

Box 13

Valentine Hatchett A comedy by Leonard Gershe - play script. no date.

 

Who Is Sylvia.

Box 13

Who Is Sylvia A screenplay by Leonard Gershe - second draft script. 1959 Feb 3.

Box 7

Who Is Sylvia music and lyrics. no date.

 

Wilds of Pasadena (The).

Box 13

Wilds of Pasadena (The) created by Norman Abbott, written by Leonard Gershe - TV script and correspondence. 1969.