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Jonathan Latimer Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays
MSS 133  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jonathan Latimer Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 133
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet (2 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1940 - 1960
    Abstract: Papers of Jonathan Latimer, journalist, screen writer and detective story author. Materials include a small collection of story ideas, outlines, scripts and screenplays arranged alphabetically by title.
    Creator: Latimer, Jonathan, 1906-1983

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains a small collection of story ideas, outlines, scripts and screenplays. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

    Biography

    Jonathan Latimer, journalist, screen writer and detective story author was born October 23, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Mesa Ranch School in Arizona from 1922-1925 and later studied at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1929. In the same year he began his career as a writer at the Chicago Herald Examiner and later wrote for the Chicago Tribune. Working as a police reporter and "rewrite man," Latimer covered stories in the gangster world through the early 1930s, and met notorious crime figures including Al Capone.
    After writing an article about Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, Latimer was hired as a ghost writer for the Department of the Interior. During the time Latimer worked as a ghost writer for Ickes, he began the first of his series of mystery novels. His first novel, Murder in a Madhouse, became a 1935 best-seller and introduced Bill Crane, the hard-drinking detective and hero of five of Latimer's novels.
    After serving in the U.S. Navy between 1942 and 1945, Latimer became a successful Hollywood screenwriter, producing scripts for such movies as "Lady in the Morgue," "Topper Returns," and the "Glass Key," as well as ten films directed by John Farrow. Latimer later wrote television scripts for forty-five episodes of the "Perry Mason" show, 1960-1965. Latimer also wrote ten episodes for the "Markham" series and about twenty television specials.
    Jonathan Latimer retired to La Jolla, California in 1973, where he died on June 23, 1983.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Jonathan Latimer Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays, MSS 133. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Detective and mystery stories
    Detective and mystery television programs