The papers feature the materials from Noel Behn's career as an author and a producer; and, include manuscripts (by him and
other authors), personal notebooks, appointment books, research materials (clippings, magazines, printouts, off-prints, related
to Hauptman-Lindbergh case and other famous criminal cases, and books by other authors, heavily annotated), annotated texts
and proofs, actors' portfolios, Writers' Guild of America documents, legal and financial papers, and Correspondence.
Noel Behn was a novelist, screenwriter, theatrical producer, and actor who spent his whole creative life in Manhattan. A graduate
of Stanford University, class of 1950, Behn was active in the New York Theater Community for more than 50 years as the producing
director of the Cherry Lane Theater, a pioneer of the off Broadway theater movement. Among the influential works premiered
there under his direction were Sean O’Casey’s "Purple Dust" and Samuel Beckett’s "Endgame". His first novel,
The Kremlin Letter (1966), based on his experiences in the United States Counterintelligence Corps, was made into a popular film by John Huston
in 1970 which starred Orson Welles. He later wrote
The Big Stick-up at Brink’s (1977), a nonfiction account of the 1950 Brink’s Robbery in Boston, subsequently made into the film The Brink’s Job. In 1991
Noel Behn was hired as a consultant for the popular TV series,
Homocide: Life on the Street, for which he periodically wrote scripts. His latest book,
Lindbergh: The Crime (1994) is currently being developed as a feature film.
93.0 Linear feet
(183 manuscript boxes, 1 carton, 2 flat boxes)
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