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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 VII: Short StoriesSave to your list.
Box 13Save to your list.
Folder 11: "Baby-The Story of a Very Young Man," Richard GoodeSave to your list.
Folder 12: "Bachelor's Dowry," pp. 1-22, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 13: "Bachelor's Dowry," pp. 23-44, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 14: "Bachelor's Dowry," pp. 45-66, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 15: "Bachelor's Dowry," pp. 67-87, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 16: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 1-20, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 17: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 21-40, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 18: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 41-60, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 19: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 61-80, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 20: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 81-100, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 21: "Bazaar," [Version 1], pp. 101-115, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 22: "Bazaar," [Version 2], pp. 1-20, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 23: "Bazaar," [Version 2], pp. 21-40, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 24: "Baazar," [Version 2], pp. 41-60, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 25: "Bazaar," [Version 2], pp. 61-80, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 26: "Bazaar," [Version 2], pp. 81-100, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 27: "Bazaar," [Version 2], pp. 101-115, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 28: "Bazaar," [Version 3], pp. 1-20, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 29: "Bazaar," [Version 3], pp. 21-40, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 30: "Bazaar," [Version 3], pp. 41-60, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 31: "Bazaar," [Version 3], pp. 61-80, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 32: "Baazar," [Version 3], pp. 81-100, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 33: "Bazaar," [Version 4], pp. 1-20, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 34: "Bazaar," [Version 4], pp. 21-40, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 35: "Bazaar," [Version 4], pp. 41-60, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 36: "Bazaar," [Version 4], pp. 61-81, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 37: "Baazar," [Version 4], pp. 81-101, Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 38: "Cheyene," Character BasisSave to your list.
Folder 39: "The Clutch"Save to your list.
Folder 40: "The Day the Kid Come Home," Richard GoodeSave to your list.
Folder 41: "Deirdre Pronounced Daythra"Save to your list.
Folder 42: "A Dr. Kildare Story: The Velvet Sleep," pp. 1-5, 5A, 6-8Save to your list.
Folder 43: "A Dr. Kildare Story: The Velvet Sleep," pp. 1-7, 7A, 8-15, MarkingsSave to your list.
Folder 44: "A Dr. Kildare Story: The Velvet Sleep," pp. 8-14, SlashesSave to your list.
Folder 45: "A Fierce and Fine Contagion"Save to your list.
Folder 46: "For You Are With Me," Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Folder 1: "For You Are With Me," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, MarkingsSave to your list.
Folder 2: "For You Are With Me," p. 112 [3 sheets], Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 3: "Ghost on the High Seas"Save to your list.
Folder 4: "The Great Man Votes," Gordon Malherbe HillmanSave to your list.
Folder 5: "Haunted December," Story OutlineSave to your list.
Folder 6: "Landing at Daybreak"Save to your list.
Folder 7: "Like Father, Like Son"Save to your list.
Folder 8: "The Manifest Destiny Kid," Jerry Brondfield, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 9: "The Misery Mule," Robert Metzler, Co-AuthorSave to your list.
Folder 10: "The Misery Mule," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, BibliographySave to your list.
Folder 11: "Mr. Belvedere Turns to Crime," Robert Metzler, Hunt Stromberg, Jr.Save to your list.
Folder 12: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 1-4, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 13: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 5-8, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 14: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 9-12, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 15: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 13-16, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 16: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 17-20, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 17: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 21-24, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 18: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 25-28, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 19: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, Chapters 29-32, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 20: "Mu-lan," Patricia Davies, pp. 179-245, April 1960Save to your list.
Folder 21: "Open All Night"Save to your list.
Folder 22: "The Story of a Doctor-His Name was Irving Res, M.D." Dorothy GeigerSave to your list.
Folder 23: "Taxi"Save to your list.
Folder 24: "Two Worlds"Save to your list.
Folder 25: Untitled StorySave to your list.
Folder 26: "The Velvet Sleep"Save to your list.
Folder 27: "The Velvet Sleep," With MarkingsSave to your list.
Folder 28: "The Yankee Trail," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Treatment, pp. 1-21Save to your list.
Folder 29: "The Yankee Trail," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Treatment, pp. 22-42Save to your list.
Folder 30: "The Yankee Trail," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Treatment, pp. 43-63Save to your list.
Folder 31: "The Yankee Trial," Robert Metzler, Co-Author, Treatment, pp. 64-83Save to your list.

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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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