Finding Aid for the Ben Starr Scripts, 1948-1968

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ben Starr Scripts,
Date (inclusive): 1948-1968
Collection number: 1077
Creator: Starr, Ben
Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Abstract: Ben Starr (b.1921) was president of the Radio Writers Guild, West and Television Writers of America. The collection consists of scripts by Ben Starr and various collaborators for television, radio, film, and a play. Includes scripts for Our man Flint, How to commit marriage, The family way, and My favorite Martian.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ben Starr, 1969.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ben Starr Scripts (Collection 1077). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Starr was born October 18, 1921 in Manhattan, New York; BS, UCLA, 1942; air force navigator in B-17s for 3.5 years; after his release from military service, Starr began writing in 1946; was president of Radio Writers Guild, West and Television Writers of America.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of scripts by Ben Starr and various collaborators for television, radio, film, and a play. Includes scripts for Our man Flint, How to commit marriage, The family way, and My favorite Martian.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Radio material.
  2. Television material.
  3. Feature films.
  4. Broadway play.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Starr, Ben--Archives.
Screenwriters--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Film scripts.
Television plays.
Radio plays.


Container List

 

Radio Material

Box 1

First Nighter Radio Show (Half Hour)

Box 1

“Mama Tells Fortunes.” January 1948

Physical Description: (20pp.)

Note

“My original, typed by me script. First sale of my writing.”
Box 1

First nighter framework for “Mama Tells Fortunes” broadcast. May 20, 1948

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 13pp.)

Note

[Date from] night of the actual broadcast.
Box 1

“The Honest Dope.” Aired December 16, 1948

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 20pp.)

Note

“Second sale of writing. To same radio series.”
Box 1

Curtain Time Radio Show (Half Hour)

Box 1

“Dodie Writes Another Letter” script. March 9, 1949

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 37pp.)
Box 1

Stars Over Hollywood Radio Show (Half Hour)

Box 1

“A Penny Saved” script. May 29, 1950

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 28pp.)

Note

“Starred Jack Paar in first radio dramatic role.”
 

Television Material

Box 1

Climax: Show (One Hour Long)

Box 1

“Thin Air” revised script. September 14, 1955

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 100pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Contains original annotations on p.76.

Note

“Won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award by Mystery Writers of America, April 19, 1956.”
Box 1

“The Pink Cloud” second revision. October 27, 1955

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 83pp.)
Box 1

Studio One Show (One Hour)

Box 1

“The Funny Looking Kid” final revised script. May 19, 1958

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 113pp.)
Box 1

Front Row Center (One Hour)

Box 1

“Uncle Barney” final revised script. February 26, 1956

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 112pp.)
Box 1

The Dick Powell Show (One Hour)

Scope and Content Note

3 original scripts co-written with Robert O'Brien.
Box 1

“No Strings Attached.” January 29, 1962

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 67pp.)
Box 1

“The Senator from Horse-Shoe Bend.” April, 12,1962

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 68pp.)
Box 1

“Special Assignment.” July 9, 1962

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 72pp.)
Boxes 1-2

The Phil Silvers Show (Half Hour)

Scope and Content Note

10 original television scripts.
Box 1

“Harry Today, Gone Tomorrow” production sheet. May 10, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed)

Scope and Content Note

Also, second draft, dated April 5, 1963 (mimeoed, 46pp.).
Box 1

“Moonlight and Dozes:” production sheet. June 26, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 39pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Also, final draft, dated (on production sheet) June 6, 1963.
Box 1

“Beauty and the Least” production sheet. June 27, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 41pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Also, revised draft, dated July 18, 1963.
Box 1

“Stop the Factory, I Wanna Get Off” production sheet and script. July 5, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 38pp.)
Box 1

“Who do Voodo? Harry do!” Production sheet and final draft. July 19, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 40pp.)
Box 1

“Will the Real Harry Grafton Please Stand Up?” Production sheet and final draft. Augist 1. 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 38pp.)
Box 1

“Cyrano De Grafton” production sheet. August 19, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 41pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Also, final draft of script, August 7, 1963.
Box 2

“How to Succeed in Business Without Crying” production sheet and final draft. September 10, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 36pp.)
Box 2

“Las Vegas Was My Mother's Maiden Name” production sheet and final draft. October 1, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 35pp.)

Scope and Content Note

  • Annotations on pp.11, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20.
  • Revised pages typed by me, dated October 4, 1963: 11, 11-A, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 20-A (8pp.).
Box 2

“Take Her. She's Tall” production sheet and final draft. January 27, 1964

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 37pp.)
Box 2

My Favorite Martian Show (Half Hour)

Box 2

“Who Am I?” November 26, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 36pp.)
Box 2

“My Nephew. The Artist.” December 10, 1963

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 40pp.)
Box 2

“Coo Coo.” January 17, 1964

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 35pp.)
Box 2

“Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.” 1966

Physical Description: (35pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“My original typed script with notes and cuts.”

Note

“Show was aired but I don't have a mimeoed copy.”
Box 2

Tugboat Annie Pilot (Half Hour)

Box 2

Script, co-written. February 24, 1956

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 44pp.)

Note

“Series bought off pilot script.”
Box 2

The Thin Man Pilot (Half Hour) January 1957

Physical Description: (40pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“My original pilot script typed by me (Can't find the mimeoed copy).”

Note

I was also co-producer on pilot film.
Starred Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk.
Box 2

Perry Mason Pilot (One Hour)

Note

“Final credits for writing was with Lawrence Marks.”
Box 2

My original outline. February 1956

Physical Description: (8pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Also, my mimeoed second draft script, dated April 25, 1956 (85pp.).

Note

“Typed by me.”
 

Feature Films

Box 2

Sammy

Note

“Unproduced Original; Sold to a Producer”
Box 2

The Elephant Who Couldn't Remember. April-1946

Physical Description: (8pp.)

Note

“Original short story typed by me.”
Box 2

Synopsis entitled Sammy. September 1951

Physical Description: Dittoed. (4 pages.)
Box 2

Screen treatment. November 1952

Physical Description: (20pp.)

Note

“Typed by me.”
Box 2

Original screenplay. 1955

Physical Description: (93pp.)

Scope and Content Note

With notes and cuts etc.

Note

“Typed by me.”
Box 2

Final script. Late 1955

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 97pp.)
Box 2

Our Man Flint

Note

(Produced by 20th Century Fox)
Starred James Coburn, Lee Cobb.
Box 2

Cartel of Evil. Original screenplay by Hal Fimberg. April 24, 1964

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 111pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Includes:
  • Memo from Darry F. Zanuck, dated May 2, 1964 (5pp.).
  • My First Draft, dated November 11, 1964 (Mimeoed, 129pp.).
  • Shooting Final Draft (co-written), March 12, 1965 (Mimeoed, 117pp.).
 

The Pad

Note

(Produced by Universal)
Final credit shared with Tom Ryan.
Starred Brism Bedford, Julie Summers, James Farentino.
Box 3

The Private Ear First Draft screenplay by Tom Ryan. August 4, 1965

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 126pp.)
Box 3

My original screenplay. November 4, 1965

Physical Description: (107pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Typed by me, with notes, cuts etc.”
Box 3

The Pad (And How to Use It). November 10, 1965

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 103pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Final Screenplay by me.”
Box 3

Texas Across the River

Note

(Produced by Universal)
Final screen credits shared with Wells Root and Harold Greene.
Starred Dean Martin, Apin Delon.
Box 3

Original screenplay by Wells Root and Harold Greene. n.d. [1953?]

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 136pp., with blue cover)
Box 3

First draft screenplay by John Gay. April 12,1965

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 134pp.)
Box 3

Second Draft screenplay by John Gay. May 18, 1965

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 126pp.)
Box 3

Revised Second draft screenplay by Ben Starr. January 4, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 123pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Hand notations by me on pp.1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 14, 16, 20-22, 24-26, 31-35, 44, 50, 52, 55, 60, 62, 64, 66, 73, 94, 96, 97, 100, 101, 106.
Box 3

Final Screenplay by me. January 21, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 123pp.)
Box 4

The Spirit is Willing

Note

(Produced by Paramount)
Still entitled Poltergeist, but subsequently changed to The Spirit is Willing.
Starred Sid Caesar.
Box 4

Outline. January 5, 1966

Physical Description: (5pp.)

Note

“My original typed by me.”
Box 4

The Visitors February 24, 1966

Physical Description: (134pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“My first draft screenplay.”

Note

“Typed by my secretary at Paramount studios.”
Box 4

Poltergeist preliminary script. February 24, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 131pp.)
Box 4

Shooting script by me. March 15, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 130pp.)
Box 4

The Busy Body

Note

(Produced by Paramount)
Starred Sid Caesar, Anne Baxter.
Box 4

My original screenplay-with notes and changes. June 6, 1966 (133pp.)

Scope and Content Note

  • My changes on pages: 1, 1-A, 2, 5, 12, 15, 22-27, 34, 35, 37, 38, 38-A, 39, 40-44, 47, 27-A, 47-B, 52-54, 57, 62, 63, 66, 70-A, 71, 78, 78-A, 78-B, 81, 86, 86-A, 87, 91, 97, 101, 106-108, 110-114, 118, 119, 121, 126-A, 127,129.
  • Back yellow sheet with casting suggestions.

Note

“Typed by me.”
Box 4

Preliminary script. July 7, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 141pp.)
Box 4

Shooting script. August 24, 1966

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 135pp.)
Box 5

How to Commit Marriage

Note

(Produced) (Co-written) (Inerama)
Starred Bob Hope, Jackie, Gleason, Jane Wyman.
Box 5

Screen Treatment. April 28, 1965

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 47pp.)
Box 5

Step Outline. September 4, 1967

Physical Description: (7pp.)

Note

“Typed by me.”
Box 5

First draft. January 1968

Scope and Content Note

Annotated by me on pages: 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 23, 37, 37-A, 39, 40, 43, 45, 51, 57, 61, 64, 75, 85-88, 97, 107-110, 112, 117, 121, 122.

Note

“Typed by professional typist.”
Box 5

Second draft. January 1968

Physical Description: (130pp.)

Note

“Typed professionally.”
Box 5

Notes. January 1968

Physical Description: (7pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Written by me after talking with producer Bill Lawrence.”
Box 5

First draft mimeoed by Naho Productions. January 31, 1968

Physical Description: (126pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“With typed changed by Michael Kanin and myself, based on notes dated January 1968.”
Box 5

Rough step outline. February 23, 1968

Physical Description: (12pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Typed by me after learning that Jackie Gleason was hired to co-star with Bob Hope.”

Note

“Outline was collaborative effort.”
Box 5

Revised script. May 10, 1968

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 122pp.)
Box 5

Outline. May 12, 1968

Physical Description: (6pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Typed by me to accomodate more changes. Loose notes and ideas.”
Box 5

Revision. May 20, 1968

Physical Description: (122pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Practically a new version of screenplay.”

Note

“Typed by Michael Kanin and me.”
Box 5

Second Revision reflecting above re-write. May 22, 1968

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 122pp.)
Box 5

Final Draft. June 5, 1968

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 124pp.)
 

Broadway Play

Box 6

The Family Way

Note

(Produced by Leonard Sillman)
Box 6

“It's Better With Two.” 1955

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 124pp.)

Scope and Content Note

First version of play.
Box 6

“The Family Way” (new title). 1957

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 119pp.)
Box 6

Version. early 1964

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, 117pp.)
Box 6

Version. late 1964

Physical Description: (Mimeoed, typed and handwritten, 130pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Reflects numerous changes.”
Box 6

Rehearsal script. December 1964

Physical Description: (124pp.)

Scope and Content Note

“Filled with changes I made by hand during the two weeks run in Philadelphia.”
Box 6

Clean copy of play as presented in New York at Lyceum Theatre. January 13, 1965

Physical Description: (Photocopy, 122pp.)

Scope and Content Note

Includes set, prop and costume breakdowns.

Note

Versions available from Samuel French Company.