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Milton Geiger Papers

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

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]
[Series II: Legal Documents]
[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 III: Motion Picture PlaysSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 8: "Bachelor's Diary," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, An Original Screen StorySave to your list.
Folder 9: "Bachelor's Diary," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Original ScreenplaySave to your list.
Folder 10: "Bachelor's Diary," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Original Screenplay, Famous Artists Corporation VersionSave to your list.
Folder 11: "The Boy and the Shark," pp. 1-25Save to your list.
Folder 12: "The Boy and the Shark," pp. 26-50Save to your list.
Folder 13: "The Boy and the Shark," pp. 51-75Save to your list.
Folder 14: "The Boy and the Shark," pp. 76-100Save to your list.
Folder 15: "The Boy and the Shark," pp. 101-131Save to your list.
Folder 16: "The Boy and the Shark," Draft 2, pp. 1-25, 1963 July 3Save to your list.
Folder 17: "The Boy and the Shark," Draft 2, pp. 26-50, 1963 July 3Save to your list.
Folder 18: "The Boy and the Shark," Draft 2, pp. 51-75, 1963 July 3Save to your list.
Folder 19: "The Boy and the Shark," Draft 2, pp. 76-100, 1963 July 3Save to your list.
Folder 20: "The Boy and the Shark," Draft 2, pp. 101-122, 1963 July 3Save to your list.
Folder 21: "The Boy and the Shark," Old, pp. 1-25Save to your list.
Folder 22: "The Boy and the Shark," Old, pp. 26-50Save to your list.
Folder 23: "The Boy and the Shark," Old, pp. 51-75Save to your list.
Folder 24: "The Boy and the Shark," Old, pp. 76-100Save to your list.
Folder 25: "The Boy and the Shark," Articles, Map, Notes, 1963, 1966Save to your list.
Folder 26: "The Boy and the Shark," Music-"The Song for the Wind"Save to your list.
Folder 27: "The Boy and the Shark," OutlineSave to your list.
Folder 28: "The Boy and the Shark," Ted Sherdeman, 1961 August 16Save to your list.
Folder 29: "The Boy and the Shark," SynopsisSave to your list.
Folder 30: "The Boy and the Shark," Treatment for a Screenplay, pp. 1-25Save to your list.
Folder 31: "The Boy and the Shark," Treatment for a Screenplay, pp. 26-50Save to your list.
Folder 32: "The Boy and the Shark," Treatment for a Screenplay, pp. 51-75Save to your list.
Folder 33: "Energy-The Big Hoe," Treatment for a Film on Energy for "Tomorrowland", 1958 July 14Save to your list.
Folder 34: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 1-20, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 35: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 21-40, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 36: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 41-60, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
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Folder 1: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 61-80, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 2: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 81-100, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 3: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 101-120, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 4: "The Great Man Votes," John Twist, pp. 121-149, 1966 August 5Save to your list.
Folder 5: "Jughead," pp. 1-24Save to your list.
Folder 6: "Jughead," pp. 25-50Save to your list.
Folder 7: "Jughead," pp. 51-84Save to your list.
Folder 8: "Jughead," Final Draft, pp. 1-25, 1965 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 9: "Jughead," Final Draft, pp. 26-50, 1965 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 10: "Jughead," Final Draft, pp. 51-75, 1965 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 11: "Jughead," Final Draft, pp. 76-100, 1965 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 12: "Jughead," Final Draft, pp. 101-112, 1965 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 13: "Jughead," Newsclipping, 1965 April 5Save to your list.
Folder 14: "Naked in the Parlor," Max Wylie, Co-Author, pp. 1-15Save to your list.
Folder 15: "Naked in the Parlor," Max Wylie, Co-Author, pp. 16-30Save to your list.
Folder 16: "Naked in the Parlor," Max Wylie, Co-Author, pp. 31-45Save to your list.
Folder 17: "Naked in the Parlor," Max Wylie, Co-Author, pp. 46-60Save to your list.
Folder 18: "Naked in the Parlor," Max Wylie, Co-Author, pp. 61-70Save to your list.
Folder 19: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 1-25Save to your list.
Folder 20: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 26-50Save to your list.
Folder 21: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 51-79Save to your list.
Folder 22: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 1-25, CorrectionsSave to your list.
Folder 23: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 26-50, CorrectionsSave to your list.
Folder 24: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, pp. 51-71, CorrectionsSave to your list.
Folder 25: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Corrections ListSave to your list.
Folder 26: "This, That and the Others," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, NewsclippingSave to your list.
Folder 27: Untitled Screenplay, pp. 22-50Save to your list.
Folder 28: Untitled Screenplay, pp. 51-75Save to your list.
Folder 29: Untitled Screenplay, pp. 76-100Save to your list.
Folder 30: Untitled Screenplay, pp. 101-125Save to your list.
Folder 31: Untitled Screenplay, pp. 126-158Save to your list.
Folder 32: "Violent Sunday," Jerome Brondfield, pp. 1-15Save to your list.
Folder 33: "Violent Sunday," Jerome Brondfield, pp. 16-30Save to your list.
Folder 34: "Violent Sunday," Jerome Brondfield, pp. 31-45Save to your list.
Folder 35: "Violent Sunday," Jerome Brondfield, pp. 46-57Save to your list.

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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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