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Milton Geiger Papers

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Correspondence

Legal Documents

Motion Picture Plays

Musical Theater

Radio Plays

Research

Short Stories

Sound Recording Transcripts

Television Plays

Theater



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Milton Geiger Papers, 1932-1973 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Milton Geiger Papers, 1932-1973Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1938-1973

ID: SC/MG

Primary Creator: Geiger, Milton (1907-1971)

Extent: 10.84 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1973

Series II: Legal Documents, 1939-1963

Series III: Motion Picture Plays, 1961-1966

Series IV: Musical Theater, 1943

Series V: Radio plays, 1938-1971

Series VI: Research, 1932-1962

Series VII: Short Stories, 1960

Series VIII: Sound Recordings, 1966-1969

Series IX: Television Plays, 1949-1967

Series X: Theater, 1957-1966

Date Acquired: 00/00/1983. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Geiger, Milton, Motion picture plays, Musical theater, Radio plays, American, Short stories, American - 20th century, Television plays, American

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

Milton Geiger wrote radio and television scripts as well as motion picture plays, theater plays, and short stories, some of which were performed or directed by Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Lorne Greene, and Richard Dreyfuss. The collection documents Geiger's writing career from 1938, particularly the creative development and research behind his scripts. The collection also documents the business workings of the radio and television industries through correspondence and legal documents between Mr. Geiger, the networks, studios, and his agents.

Biographical Note

Milton Geiger (December 29, 1907 -September 28, 1971) was born in New York City, but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he received his first significant exposure to theater at the Cleveland Play House. He married the author Dorothy Rubenstein (pen name Dorothy English), and the couple moved to New York City so Geiger could pursue his writing career. They later moved to Southern California to work in the entertainment industry.

Geiger wrote radio and television scripts, as well as motion picture plays, theater plays, and short stories. His first commercial success was written for the radio's "The Rudy Vallee Hour" (One Special for Doc in his correspondence files), about a small town pharmacist. The CBS network hired him in the late 1930s as the script writer for the radio show "County Seat" launching his radio career. This series also featured a pharmacist, a vocation familiar to Geiger who was a licensed pharmacist in Ohio and California. During the 1950s he wrote for the CBS Lux Radio Theater show based in Hollywood. He also began writing for television, scripting episodes for Climax (1954) and Tales of Wells Fargo (1957). In 1958 Geiger wrote the highly acclaimed play Edwin Booth which opened in New York starring Jose Ferrer. Some well know personalities who performed or directed Geiger scripts were Orson Welles , Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Lorne Greene, and Richard Dreyfuss. Milton Geiger passed away while sailing to England in 1971.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Milton Geiger Papers document Geiger's writing career from 1938, particularly the creative development and research behind his scripts. The collection also documents the business workings of the radio and television industries through correspondence and legal documents between Mr. Geiger, the networks, studios, and his agents. Several of the scripts, especially the movie scripts, were probably never produced. Unless indicated otherwise by the Series heading, the documents in this collection are scripts. The collection has been divided into ten series: Correspondence (1938-1973), Legal Documents (1939-1963), Motion Picture Plays (1961-1966), Musical Theater (1943), Radio Plays (1938-1971), Research (1932-1962), Short Stories (1960), Sound Recordings (1966-1969), Television Plays (1949-1967), and Theater (1957-1966).

Series I, Correspondence, includes documentation of Geiger's professional relationships in the early radio and television industries. With the exception of the first three files which are arranged chronologically, the remaining file folders are interfiled alphabetically by creator or addressee. When known, the agency, person, show title and subject are included in the file heading. Personal names are listed last name, first name and filed by last name. Some significant correspondence groupings are "Edwin Booth," "Fan Mail," and "One Special for Doc." The series is filed alphabetically by correspondent.

Series II, Legal Documents, includes such legal documents as box office statements, contracts, and financial data. Of particular note are the box office statements for the California productions of Edwin Booth. The series is filed alphabetically.

Series III, Motion Picture Plays, consists of movie scripts and related materials. It includes multiple drafts and versions of some scripts, as well as co-authored scripts. The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Series IV, Musical Theater, consists of musical theater scripts. The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Series V, Radio Plays, includes Geiger's commercial scripts for County Seat, ABC Presents, Clap Hands, the Four Star Playhouse, Lux Radio Theater, Show Globes, and others. There are also his scripts for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, Federal Civil Defense Administration, the New York War Fund, and a chapter on writing for radio entitled "How Do They Get That Way." The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Series VI, Research, includes background articles, news clippings, and notes on Geiger's particular interests. There is extensive material on the Octopus. Research materials directly associated with a script are grouped next to that script. The series is filed alphabetically.

Series VII, Short Stories, includes short stories penned by Geiger, some of which also appear as scripts in other parts of the collection. His co-authored stories with Dorothy Geiger and Robert Metzler are also included. The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Series VIII, Sound Recording Transcripts, includes transcriptions from a series of works Geiger wrote to accompany programs on the history of American popular music, "Hear the USA," which were narrated by Lorne Greene.

Series IX, Television Plays, documents Milton Geiger's involvement with the early television industry on the west coast. Scripts which exist in other media versions such as "The Misery Mule" and "The Highlander" are included. The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Series X, Theater, primarily consists of Geiger's records and scripts for Airport and Edwin Booth. Edwin Booth was widely produced with performances at California State University, Northridge (1964), Cleveland Play House (1965), and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs (1971). A young Richard Dreyfuss appeared in the 1965 production at the CBS Repertoire Theatre. The series is filed alphabetically by title.

Subject/Index Terms

Geiger, Milton
Motion picture plays
Musical theater
Radio plays, American
Short stories, American - 20th century
Television plays, American

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 1990

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Dorothy Geiger

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Tony Gardner and Allan Gilbert, 2005


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[Series I: Correspondence]
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[Series III: Motion Picture Plays]
[Series IV: Musical Theater]
[Series V: Radio Plays]
[Series VI: Research]
[Series VII: Short Stories]
[Series VIII: Sound Recording Transcripts]
[Series IX: Television Plays]
[Series X: Theater],
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Series I: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: 1939-1942, 1945, 1947-1951Save to your list.
Folder 2: 1952-1955Save to your list.
Folder 3: 1956-1960, 1963, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 4: ABC Television, "General Hospital", September 1963Save to your list.
Folder 5: "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe", April 1947, September 1947, April 1948, July 1948, September 1948Save to your list.
Folder 6: Antrim Short Agency, George Seaman, Contract Negotiations, 1954 October 21Save to your list.
Folder 7: Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, Milt, April-November 1966, 1967 March 20Save to your list.
Folder 8: Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, "When the West was Young: Booth-The Fiery Star", January 1966Save to your list.
Folder 9: Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osburn, Inc. Edward B. Roberts, "Match Point and "The Velvet Sleep", 1953 August 14, 1954 January 11Save to your list.
Folder 10: "The Bimbo from Limbo", 1953-1955Save to your list.
Folder 11: The Biow Company Incorporated, Lucille Webster, Contract Negotiations, November 1951Save to your list.
Folder 12: The Biow Company Incorporated, Roy Winsor, "Search for Tomorrow", 1951 September 26Save to your list.
Folder 13: Bob, "Stoney Burke No. 11: The Wanderer," Other Title: "Babash", July 1962Save to your list.
Folder 14: Brandt and Brandt Inc. Harold Freedman, "Cream of the Jest" and "A Wonderful Disposition", June 1952, May-June 1954, July 1956Save to your list.
Folder 15: Butler, Douglas P. "Bed Rock", February 1946Save to your list.
Folder 16: CBS Television, Harry Ackerman, 1948-1949, 1955Save to your list.
Folder 17: CBS Television, Ben Brady, June 1958Save to your list.
Folder 18: CBS Television, Ben Brady, "The Ken Murray Show", May 1952Save to your list.
Folder 19: CBS Television, Ben Brady, "Perry Mason: The Case of the Crimson Kiss", 1957 November 4Save to your list.
Folder 20: CBS Television, James Fonda, "You Are There: The Bank Holiday of 1933", 1956 February 17Save to your list.
Folder 21: CBS Television, James Fonda, "You Are There: Benjamin Franklin Flies His Kite", June-July 1956Save to your list.
Folder 22: CBS Television, James Fonda, "You Are There: The Fall of Fort Sumter", 1956Save to your list.
Folder 23: CBS Television, James Fonda, "You Are There: The Final Hours of Joan D'Arc", October-November 1955Save to your list.
Folder 24: Cosmopolitan Magazine, Story Adaptions, 1949-1950Save to your list.
Folder 25: "County Seat," Letters from Listeners, December 1938, January 1939, March-April 1939, August-SeptemberSave to your list.
Folder 26: "County Seat," Letters from Listeners, Postcards, September 1939Save to your list.
Folder 27: Davies, Patricia, "Mu-lan", April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 28: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, J. L. Fay, Wage Inquiry, April-May 1958Save to your list.
Folder 29: The Dramatists Guild of the Authors League of America, Inc. Mills Ten Eyck Jr., Membership Dues, April-May 1954Save to your list.
Folder 30: Duerr, Edwin, "Double Disaster Clause" and "In the Fog", July 1948Save to your list.
Folder 31: Eddie, Testimonial Speech Revision, 1969 May 3Save to your list.
Folder 32: "Edwin Booth", ca. March 1964, October-November 1964Save to your list.
Folder 33: "Edwin Booth", December 1964-January 1965Save to your list.
Folder 34: "Edwin Booth", July 1965-February 1973Save to your list.
Folder 35: "Edwin Booth," CBS Repetoire Theatre, Leon Drew, February-March 1965Save to your list.
Folder 36: "Edwin Booth," The Cleveland Playhouse, October-December 1965, January-March 1966Save to your list.
Folder 37: "Edwin Booth," The Cleveland Playhouse, Elmo K. Lowe, April 1965, June-August 1965, October-November 1965, January-February 1966Save to your list.
Folder 38: "Edwin Booth," The Dramatist Guild of the Authors League of America, Inc., August-September 1958, December 1958, February 1959Save to your list.
Folder 39: "Edwin Booth," Jose Ferrer, ca. November 1964, January 1965, March 1965Save to your list.
Folder 40: "Edwin Booth," Furness Enterprise, August 1964, December 1964, 1965 March 9Save to your list.
Folder 41: "Edwin Booth," Caroline Kenner, February-March 1969Save to your list.
Folder 42: "Edwin Booth," Leah Salisbury, Inc., April-June 1958Save to your list.
Folder 43: "Edwin Booth," Leah Salisbury, Inc., July-December 1958, February 1959, March 1960Save to your list.
Folder 44: "Edwin Booth," Leah Salisbury, Inc., September 1964-December 1966Save to your list.
Folder 45: "Edwin Booth," Leah Salisbury, Inc. Lois Berman, February 1960, October 1964, August 1965, October 1965, January 1966Save to your list.
Folder 46: "Edwin Booth," MCA, Audrey Wood, March-April 1958Save to your list.
Folder 47: "Edwin Booth," National Performing Arts, Inc. Julian Olney, November-December 1964, January 1965, March 1965, June 1965Save to your list.
Folder 48: "Edwin Booth," National Performing Arts, Inc. Julian Olney, July-October 1965Save to your list.
Folder 49: "Edwin Booth," National Performing Arts, Inc. Julian Olney, January-March 1966, May-June 1966Save to your list.
Folder 50: "Edwin Booth," National Performing Arts, Inc. Julian Olney, July-October 1966, December 1966Save to your list.
Folder 51: "Edwin Booth," National Performing Arts, Inc. Julian Olney, January 1967-August 1972Save to your list.
Folder 52: "Edwin Booth," San Fernando Valley State College, William E. Schlosser, February 1965, October 1965Save to your list.
Folder 53: "Edwin Booth," Theatre Eleven Repertory Company, November-December 1969, February 1970Save to your list.
Folder 54: Entertainment Properties, Inc. Warren Lewis, "The Boy and the Shark", June-October 1962Save to your list.
Folder 55: "Everywhere A Chick Chick", January-February 1959Save to your list.
Folder 56: "Everywhere A Chick Chick," Franchot Productions, January-February 1959Save to your list.
Folder 57: "Everywhere A Chick Chick," Max Wylie, 1957-1959Save to your list.
Folder 58: Fan Mail, 1939, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 59: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", May 1966, 1967 April 19-23Save to your list.
Folder 60: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 April 24-30Save to your list.
Folder 61: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 May 2-20Save to your list.
Folder 62: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 May 21-24Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 May 25Save to your list.
Folder 2: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 May 26-31Save to your list.
Folder 3: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 June 1-5Save to your list.
Folder 4: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1967 June 6-20, July 1967, October 1967Save to your list.
Folder 5: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer", 1968Save to your list.
Folder 6: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: The Dreamer"Save to your list.
Folder 7: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: A Prayer for Little Children", 1967-1968Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fan Mail, Answered, "Hollywood Palace: This Is It", 1965, 1967-1968Save to your list.
Folder 9: Foote, Cone, and Belding Advertising, Robert Ballin, "The Hallmark Show: Cimarron", September 1948Save to your list.
Folder 10: Frank Cooper Associates Agency, Robert Goldfarb, "Who is Murietta?", 1958 July 15Save to your list.
Folder 11: General Amusement Corporation, Frank Cooper, July-August 1940, July 1941, MaySave to your list.
Folder 12: General Amusement Corporation, James Parks, 1939-1941Save to your list.
Folder 13: Greene, Lorne, "Hear the U.S.A.", March 1966Save to your list.
Folder 14: Gregory, Paul, "The Gray Command", 1956 January 22Save to your list.
Folder 15: Harold Ober Agency, "Bed Rock" and "Granite", 1941 May 29Save to your list.
Folder 16: Harold Ober, Dorothy Olding, "Diedre Pronounced Daythra", 1949 May 25Save to your list.
Folder 17: Hoffman, Al, "One Tune Girl in a Two Tone Car", June 1955Save to your list.
Folder 18: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. Margaret P. Ballard, "You Are There: Benjamin Franklin Flies His Kite", March 1962, June 1962, January 1963Save to your list.
Folder 19: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. Kathleen F. Breen, "You Are There: Benjamin Franklin Flies His Kite", 1962 June 11, 1963 January 11Save to your list.
Folder 20: "If My Love Leaves Me", 1954 January 17Save to your list.
Folder 21: The Jaffe Agency, Hal Ross, "You Are There", March 1956, June 1956, October 1956Save to your list.
Folder 22: The Jaffe Agency, Evarts Zeigler, Amish Story, 1948 April 29Save to your list.
Folder 23: James Park Co. Park, January-February 1941, May 1941Save to your list.
Folder 24: Johnstone, Jack, "Who Knows?", 1946 February 28Save to your list.
Folder 25: J. Walter Thompson Company, Bob, TV Station Start Up, August 1940Save to your list.
Folder 26: J. Walter Thompson Company, Cornwell Jackson, Music for Lux, 1956 November 20Save to your list.
Folder 27: Kaplan, Milton, "Moonlight", April-May 1948Save to your list.
Folder 28: Leah Salisbury, Inc. "Crime of the Century: Cardinal Mindszenty", January-March 1962Save to your list.
Folder 29: Leo Burnett Co., Inc. Myron Golden, "Search for Tomorrow", July-August 1957, October-NovemberSave to your list.
Folder 30: The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Milton E. Krents, "The Eternal Light", January 1954, September 1954, June 1955Save to your list.
Folder 31: Levitt, Max, 1947 Federal Tax ReturnsSave to your list.
Folder 32: Lewis and Cowan Company, James Park, December 1940, January 1941Save to your list.
Folder 33: MacGregor, C.P. "Salvation Army Heartbreak Theater", May-December 1966Save to your list.
Folder 34: MCA Artist, Ltd. Bertha Case, "Present Danger", February 1957Save to your list.
Folder 35: McCarthy, Fifield Merrick, "The Meeting", October 1942, December 1942Save to your list.
Folder 36: McMorrow, Will, "County Seat", April-May 1939, February 1940Save to your list.
Folder 37: McMorrow, Will, "County Seat," Old Ideas, December 1938, 1939Save to your list.
Folder 38: "The Misery Mule", July-August 1962Save to your list.
Folder 39: The Nat Goldstone Agency, Inc. "Front and Center", August-September 1947, December 1947Save to your list.
Folder 40: NBC Radio, Stockton Helffrick, "The Big Store", July-August 1939Save to your list.
Folder 41: NBC Radio, WBEN, Inc. Edward Cullen, May-August 1939Save to your list.
Folder 42: "One Special for Doc," American Book Company, Frances McQuiston, January-February 1961, April 1961Save to your list.
Folder 43: "One Special for Doc," D.C. Heath and Company, George W. Norvell, August-September 1945, 1946 February 5, 1947 June 21Save to your list.
Folder 44: "One Special for Doc," Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc. Marian Lovrien, 1954-1955, 1959, 1961Save to your list.
Folder 45: "One Special for Doc," Houghton Mifflin Company, Mary Robertson, October-November 1956, February-March 1957Save to your list.
Folder 46: "One Special for Doc," McClatchy Broadcasting Company, Frances Frater, 1946 December 4Save to your list.
Folder 47: "One Special for Doc," Northwestern University, School of Speech, David R. Mackey, March-April 1950Save to your list.
Folder 48: "One Special for Doc," Oneonta State Teachers College, Florence Weiss, October 1951Save to your list.
Folder 49: "One Special for Doc," Various Requests for Use, February 1956Save to your list.
Folder 50: Palestine Resistance Committee, Envelope (Empty), 1947 April 19Save to your list.
Folder 51: Parke-Davis and Co., Inc., Justin Gates, "Covered Wagon Druggist", 1953 March 12Save to your list.
Folder 52: Peter, Muffet, "Search for Tomorrow"Save to your list.
Folder 53: Phillips H. Lord, Inc., Call for Scripts, March 1940Save to your list.
Folder 54: Production Center, Inc. Himan Brown, Call for ScriptsSave to your list.
Folder 55: "Recall, A Study of Mary Todd Lincoln," Other Titles: "Flashback," and "Shadow Cast," H.N. Swanson, Inc. For Pilot "Profiles: Mary Todd Lincoln", May-June 1961Save to your list.
Folder 56: "Recall, A Study of Mary Todd Lincoln," Other Titles: "Flashback," and "Shadow Cast," Richard McDonagh, For Pilot "Profiles: Mary Todd Lincoln", May-June 1961Save to your list.
Folder 57: Rice, D. Fulton, "Sanctuary", June 1939, August 1939, April 1941Save to your list.
Folder 58: Ross, Jacob M. "In the Fog", April-May 1946, June 1947, July 1950Save to your list.
Folder 59: Roy Winsor Productions, Inc. "Doc Hackett's Place" and "Hotel Cosmopolitan", 1957Save to your list.
Folder 60: Salisbury, Leah, "Of Kindlie Death", 1952 October 29, 1954 October 29Save to your list.
Folder 61: Scholastic Magazines, Eric Berger, "In the Fog", 1954 December 29, 1955 January 7Save to your list.
Folder 62: Scholastic Magazines, Eric Berger, "One Special for Doc", 1948 July 20, 1956 October 8Save to your list.
Folder 63: Smith, Charles, "The Hollywood Workshop", December 1952Save to your list.
Folder 64: "Tales of Wells Fargo: Treasure Coach", 1961 June 1, 1961 August 28Save to your list.
Folder 65: Ted Ashley Associates, Barry Lee Cohen, "Afternoon of a Nymph", January 1953Save to your list.
Folder 66: Ted Ashley Associates, Herbert Gottlieb, Termination of Relationship, 1953 July 29Save to your list.
Folder 67: Ted Ashley Associates, "The Marriage", December 1952, January 1953Save to your list.
Folder 68: Useloff, Elaine, "Search for Tomorrow", October-November 1957Save to your list.
Folder 69: Walter E. Kline and Associates, Inc. Ann Geary, Client Dialogue List, 1959 February 25Save to your list.
Folder 70: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Charles Hoffman, "Bourbon Street Beat: Portrait of Lenore", July 1959, September 1959Save to your list.
Folder 71: Warner Bros. Studios, Jerry Wald, "Venom," 1st Draft, 1945 August 6Save to your list.
Folder 72: Warner Bros. Studios, Jerry Wald, "Venom," 2nd Draft, 1945 August 6Save to your list.
Folder 73: Warner Bros. Studios, Jerry Wald, "Venom," 3rd Draft, 1945 August 6Save to your list.
Folder 74: Warner Bros. Studios, Jerry Wald, "Venom," 4th Draft, 1945 August 6Save to your list.
Folder 75: "The Wave", August 1951Save to your list.
Folder 76: William Morris Agency, Inc, Contract and Representation Issues, June 1940, June 1954Save to your list.
Folder 77: William Morris Agency, Inc. Bud Meyers, "The Twilight Shore, 1954, 1959Save to your list.
Folder 78: William Morris Agency, Inc. Eileen Siegel, Release Forms, January 1955Save to your list.
Folder 79: Writers Guild of America, West, Milton Orman, "Crime of the Century" Cardinal Mindszenty", January 1962Save to your list.
Folder 80: Wylie, Max, December 1946, June 1952, October 1955, January 1957Save to your list.
Folder 81: Young and Rubicam, Inc., 1940 February 15Save to your list.

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[Series V: Radio Plays]
[Series VI: Research]
[Series VII: Short Stories]
[Series VIII: Sound Recording Transcripts]
[Series IX: Television Plays]
[Series X: Theater],
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