Finding Aid for the Charles Isaacs papers, 1941-1973

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Isaacs papers,
Date (inclusive): 1941-1973
Collection number: 80
Creator: Isaacs, Charles, 1914-2002
Extent: 26 boxes (11.0 linear ft.)
Abstract: Charlie Isaacs's numerous radio and television writing credits include Kraft Music Hall, The Martin and Lewis Show, and The Johnny Carson Show among others. The collection consists primarily of television and radio series scripts and a small amount of photographs and correspondence.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts 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, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Isaacs, 1972, 1985, 1989.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Isaacs papers(Collection 80). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Charles Isaacs was born in Winnipeg, Canada on Sept. 17, 1914. After attending the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in the early 1930's, he became a correspondent for Radio Guide magazine. He moved to Hollywood, CA in 1937 and served in the Coast Guard Seventh Amphibious Force from 1942-1945 before being transferred to Armed Forces Radio. Isaacs wrote for numerous television and radio shows including Kraft Music Hall, The Martin & Lewis Radio Show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, The Texaco Star Theater and The Milton Berle Show. He also worked as the head writer for multiple series including The Jimmy Durante Hours, The Johnny Carson Show , The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dinah Shore Hour, The Real McCoys, and The Red Skelton Show. In addition to writing, Isaacs worked as a script consultant for the series The Thin Man and as the executive story editor for the series Alice . Throughout his career, he wrote for some of the most famous actors and comedians of the day including Jack Benny, John Barrymore, Edgar Bergan, Rudy Vallee, Al Jolson, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Johnny Carson. Isaacs died of cancer December 13 2002 in Santa Monica, CA.

Scope and Content

Collection consists primarily of television and radio series scripts from the career of writer Charles Isaacs. The collection also includes photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. Television script materials include such titles as The Jimmy Durante television show (1950-54), The Johnny Carson show (1955-56), and The Dean Martin show (1971). Radio script materials include such titles as Kraft music hall (1947-49), The Bob Burns show (1946-47), The Rudy Vallee show (1941), and The Martin and Lewis show (1949-50). Includes some bound volumes. The correspondence comprises notes from creative talents such as Fred Allen, Johnny Carson, Betty Davis, Bob Hope, Jack Lemon and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Ephemera
  3. Photographs
  4. Radio script materials
  5. Television script materials

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Isaacs, Charles, 1914-2002 -- Archives.
Radio writers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources.
Television writers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Television scripts
Radio scripts


Container List

 

Correspondence

Box 11

Allen, Fred (1935 June 28)

Box 11

Benchley, Robert (1939 Aug 27)

Box 11

Burns, Bob (envelope only) (1946 Dec 20)

Box 11

Carson, Johnny (1978 Feb)

Box 11

Davis, Bette (1952 April 27)

Box 11

Garroway, Dave (1971 July)

Box 11

Hope, Bob (1963 Feb 11 and no date)

Box 11

Jolson, Mrs. Al (Erle) (1951 Oct 21)

Box 11

Lemmon, Jack (1962 May and 1970 Oct)

Box 11

Leonard, Sheldon (1974 Mar)

Box 11

Sinatra, Frank (1985 Aug)

Box 11

Truman, Margaret (20 Nov 1951)

 

Ephemera

Box 11

Jimmy Durante Show (The) - progams and clipping (1950-1952)

 

Photographs

Box 11

Bob Burns Show (1 item) (no date)

Note

Ray Sinatra's orchestra on the Bob Burns radio show.
Box 11

Chez Pree Club, Chicago (1 item) (no date)

Box 11

Hey, Jeannie (11 items) (no date)

Box 26

It Pays To Be Ignorant - cast photograph (1977)

Box 11

Jimmy Durante Club date in Miami (1 item) (1952)

Box 11

Jimmy Durante Show (19 items) (no date)

Note

Publicity and behind the scenes.
Box 11

Jimmy Durante Special (1 item) (no date)

Note

Isaacs and Jane Powell.
Box 26

Johnny Carson Show (1955)

Note

Carson in toga.
Box 11

Johnny Carson Show (1 item) (1955)

Note

Set shot.
Box 11

Kraft Music Hall (1 item) (no date)

Note

Isaacs, Mannie Manheim, and Jolson.
Box 26

Kraft Music Hall: Al Jolson portrait (no date)

Note

Autographed (faint pencil).
Box 11

Lindy's Restaurant, New York (1 item) (no date)

Box 11

Martin and Lewis Show (1 item) (no date)

Note

Inscribed by Jerry Lewis.
Box 11

Real McCoys (1 item) (no date)

Note

Walter Brenan boarding airplane.
Box 11

Red Skelton Show (1 item) (no date)

Note

Writers.
Box 11

Tycoon (The) (2 items) (no date)

Note

One image inscribed by Brenan.
Box 11

Walgreen's Anniversary Show (3 items) (1947)

Note

One image inscribed by Bob Hope.
Box 26

Walter Brenna (no date)

Note

Portrait sketch.
 

Radio Projects

Box 10

Armed Forces Radio Services (1945)

Note

G.I. Journal. Six episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Al Bobrick, and Bill Morrow.
Box 10

Armed Forces Radio Services (1949)

Note

Command Performance. Five episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Bill Morrow, Frank Galen, and Dick McKnight.
Box 10

Armed Forces Radio Services (1945)

Note

Jubilee. One episode. Written by Charles Isaacst.
Box 7

Bob Burns Show (The) (1946-1947)

Note

Twenty-nine episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Arthur Stander, and Duke Atteberry.
Box 10

Ford Show (The) (1947)

Note

Two episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs.
Box 6

Kraft Music Hall (1949 Mar 3 - May 26)

Note

Bound volume. With Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. Written by Charles Isaacs and Manie Manheim.
Box 5

Kraft Music Hall (1947 Oct 2 - 1948 Jan 8)

Note

Bound volume. With Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. Written by Charles Isaacs and Manie Manheim.
Box 5

Kraft Music Hall (1948 Jan 15 - Mar 3)

Note

Bound volume. With Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. Written by Charles Isaacs and Manie Manheim.
Box 5

Kraft Music Hall (1948 April 1 - June 10)

Note

Bound volume. With Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. Written by Charles Isaacs and Manie Manheim.
Box 6

Kraft Music Hall (1948 Dec 23 - Mar 3 1949)

Note

Bound volume. With Al Jolson and Oscar Levant. Written by Charles Isaacs and Manie Manheim.
Box 9

Martin and Lewis Show (The) (1949-1950)

Note

Nineteen episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Hal Goodman, Jack Douglas, Dick McKnight, Ray Allen, Ben Starr.
Box 10

Milton Berle Show (The) (1942)

Note

Four episodes. Written Charles Isaacs, Arthur Marx, Ray Singer, Elon Packard.
Box 10

Ransom Show (The) (1942 - 1943)

Note

Four episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Arthur Stander, and Hank Garson.
Box 8

Rudy Vallee Show (The) (1941)

Note

Eighteen episodes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Norman Panama, Mel Frank, Paul Henning, Jess Oppenheimer, and Dick Chevillat.
Box 3

Sad Sack Radio Series (The) (1946)

Note

Written by Charles Isaacs and Arthur Stander.
 

Television Projects

Box 4

Ben Blue Show (1952 June 12)

Box 21

Bobby Darin Show (The) (1973 Feb 21-Mar 14)

Box 20

Bobby Darin Show (The) (1972 Dec 30 - 1973 Feb 18)

Box 24

CBS Newcomers (1971 June 9 - 14 July)

Box 23

CBS Newcomers (1971 May 2 - 31)

Box 12

Dean Martin Show (1971 Sep 2 - Oct 14)

Box 14

Dean Martin Show (1971 Nov 11-27)

Box 13

Dean Martin Show (1971 Oct 15 - Nov 5)

Box 4

Duke (The) (1954 May 15)

Box 4

Ed Wynn Show (1951 May 30)

Box 4

Ethel Merman Show (1954 Jan 24)

Box 24

Hollywood Palace (1969 Dec 20-27)

Box 4

How About Freddie! (no date)

Box 17

It Pays To Be Ignorant (1973 Nov 4 - Dec 10)

Box 15

It Pays To Be Ignorant (1973 Jan 21, 1973 Aug 4-26)

Box 16

It Pays To Be Ignorant (1973 Sep 8 - Nov 3)

Box 2

Jimmy Durante Show (1952 Sep 20 - 1953 April 11)

Note

The All Star Revue (The). Written by Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson. Bound volumes, revised final scripts.
Box 2

Jimmy Durante Show (1953 Oct 11 - 1954 Jan 3)

Note

Colgate Comedy Hour (The). Written by Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson. Bound volumes, revised final scripts.
Box 1

Jimmy Durante Show (1951 Oct 6 -1952 April 19)

Note

All Star Revue (The). Written by Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson. Bound volumes, revised final scripts.
Box 1

Jimmy Durante Show (1950 Oct 28 - 1951 May 13)

Note

Four Star Revue (The). Written by Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson. Bound volumes, revised final scripts.
Box 4

Jimmy Durante Show (1954 Feb 7 - May 9)

Note

Colgate Comedy Hour (The). Written by Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson. Bound volumes, revised final scripts.
Box 25

Jimmy Durante Show (1959 Sep 25- Nov 22)

Note

Loose script material.
Box 4

Johnny Carson Show (1956 Jan 12 - 1956 March 29)

Note

Bound volumes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Jack Douglas and Jack Elinson.
Box 4

Johnny Carson Show (1955 Oct 27 - 1956 Jan 1956)

Note

Bound volumes. Written by Charles Isaacs, Jack Douglas and Jack Elinson.
Box 22

Real McCoys (The) (1962 June 22 - 1963 Mar 12)

Box 25

Red Skelton Hour (1967-1968)

Note

Five scripts.
Box 4

Ritz Brothers (1952 May 17)

Box 24

Salute to Stan Laurel (1965 July 9)

Box 24

Shirley Temple Show (1960 Oct 28)

Box 18

Tycoon (The) (1964 May 4 - Sep 21)

Box 19

Tycoon (The) (1964 Oct 21 - 1965 Jan 14)

Box 24

Victor Borge (1961 Sep 27)