Finding Aid for the Anne Morrison Chapin papers, 1922- ca.1980s, bulk dates 1940s-1950s

Finding aid prepared by Lauren Jung with assistance from Julie L. Graham; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Anne Morrison Chapin papers
Collection number: 2134
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.6 linear ft. (22 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-1950
Date (inclusive): 1922-ca. 1980s (bulk 1940s-1950s)
Abstract: Anne Morrison Chapin was a playwright, and screenwriter. The collection consists of motion picture, television, and stage scripts and story material, with a small mount of clippings, correspondence, and contracts related to Chapin's career.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
Creator: Chapin, Anne Morrison

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Anne Morrison Chapin (Collection 2134). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7123439 

Biography/History

Mary Hazel Hawkins, later changed to Anne Morrison Chapin, was born on January 5, 1892 in Indiana. She started her career as a Broadway stage actress in 1918 and performed in such plays as The Bat within Four Walls, Dear Brutus, A Proud Woman, and Why Marry? From 1923 to 1934 Chapin wrote Jonsey, No Questions Asked, Pigs, This Man is Mine, and The Wild Westcotts, all of which were produced on Broadway. In 1934, her story This Man is Mine was produced by RKO. She was a screenwriter for the next 14 years. Among her screen credits are Big City (1948), Dangerous Corner (1934), Listen, Darling (1938), Sailor Takes a Wife (1946), and This Man Is Mine (1934). Her television credits include Child of the Wind, an episode from the series Climax! and The Saint and the Senorita from the series Fireside Theatre. Chapin died in West Hollywood, California on April 7, 1967.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of script material written by Anne Morrison Chapin for motion picture, television, and stage projects. Among the known produced projects represented are the films Big City, Dangerous Corner, The Sailor Takes a Wife, the stage production This Man is Mine, also known as Love Flies in the Window, and the episode Child of the Wind from the television series Climax! Also included are story pages, treatments, outlines, synopses, and holographic notes. Additionally, there is a small amount of clippings, business contracts and correspondence, what appear to be short stories, and a very small amount of personal documents and correspondence. Among the files are writings by others; it is not apparent whether these items were submitted to Chapin for her consideration or if she was in any way involved with these projects. The processor was unable to determine if all the projects represented in the collection were produced.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by file titles.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chapin, Anne Morrison, 1892-1967 -- Archives
Women dramatists--United States-Archival resources
Women screenwriters--United States - Archival resources

Container List

Box 21

A-H correspondence (1951-1952)

Box 21

I-Z correspondence (1949-1952)

Box 1

1919 On - research notes (no date)

Box 2

After the Verdict - clippings and typed Time Magazine excerpt (1943, 1953)

Box 2

Amos 'N' Andy - television script (1951)

General note

Episode: Fur Coat.
Box 2

Anemone - scene outline (no date)

Box 1

Anne Morrison Chapin - autobiography (no date, 1947)

Box 2

Auction Bride - story pages (no date)

Box 2

Auction Bride - story pages (no date)

Box 22

Barbara Challis photographs (MGM actress) (no date, 1946)

Box 2

Bargain Day, A Comedy in One Act - play script (no date)

Box 2

Bee Sharp, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (1922)

Box 2

Bee Sharp, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script pages (no date)

Box 2

Behind the Verdict, A Drama in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 2

Benjamin Pullrod treatment (no date)

Box 2

Best Man That Ever Did It (The) - short story (no date)

Box 2

Biff Baker, U.S.A - outline (no date)

Box 2

Biff Baker, U.S.A. - outline (no date)

Box 2

Big City - data (1946-1947, 1952)

Box 2

Big City (The) (Brothers of the East Side) - treatment (1946)

Box 2

Blue Poppy (The) - typescript story pages (1957)

Box 2

Born to Headlines - scene outline (no date)

Box 2

Born to Headlines - scene outline (no date)

Box 2

Born to Headlines - short story (no date)

Box 3

Born Trader - short story (no date)

Box 3

Born Trader - short story (no date, 1932)

Box 3

Born Trader - short story (3 copies) (no date)

Box 3

Born Trader - story pages (no date)

Box 3

Born Trader - story pages (no date)

Box 3

Bride with Family - basis for a television series (1956)

Box 3

Broken Doll - outline and script pages (no date)

Box 3

Broken Doll - play script (1934)

Box 3

Broken Doll - play script (no date)

Box 3

Broken Doll - play script (no date)

Box 3

Broken Doll - script pages (no date)

General note

May be related to Broken Doll.
Box 3

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script with clippings and playbill (1933)

Box 3

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script (1932)

Box 4

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script (1933)

Box 4

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 4

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script (2 copies) (no date)

Box 4

Broken Doll, A Play in Three Acts - play script pages (1932)

Box 4

Built Upon the Rocks - short story (1953)

Box 4

Candidates Wife (The) - outline for a screen play (no date)

Box 5

Candidates Wife (The) - outline for a screen play (10 copies) (1958)

Box 4

Candidates Wife (The) - outline for a screen play (3 copies) (no date)

Box 5

Candidates Wife (The) - story pages (no date)

Box 5

Candidates Wife (The) by Ruth Comfort Mitchell - short story pages (no date)

Box 5

Career Girl story - holographic notes (no date)

Box 5

Casablanca - television script (1955)

General note

Episode: How Long This Night.
Box 4

Certain Events Leading Up To a Tragedy, A Play in Three Acts - play script (no date)

General note

May be related to Broken Doll.
Box 5

Charred Outside - short story (no date)

Box 5

Charred Outside corrected versions from which retyped (no date, 1951)

Box 6

Charred Outside set typed by Suzanne (no date)

Box 6

Charred Outside three original typings (no date)

Box 6

Child of the [?] - script pages (no date)

Box 21

Child of the Wind - contracts, short story, and television script (1954, 1956-1957)

Box 1

Child of the Wind - holographic notes (no date)

General note

Appears to be for Child of the Wind.
Box 6

Child of the Wind - motion picture script (1956)

General note

Chrysler Corporation Presents Climax!
Box 6

Child of the Wind - motion picture script pages (no date, 1956)

General note

With membership certificate for Writers Guild of America.
Box 6

Child of the Wind - motion picture script pages (no date, 1956)

Box 6

Child of the Wind - script (1956)

General note

Chrysler Corporation Presents Climax!
Box 7

Children of the Wind - adaptation (4 copies) (no date)

Box 7

Children of the Wind - adaptation (8 copies) (no date)

Box 7

Children of the Wind- short story with copies of contract (no date, 1954)

Box 1

Clippings (possible research on crime) (1964)

Box 16

Contracts (no date, 1951, 1955, 1958)

General note

A Question of Wills, The Education of Jane Talbot, The Myerling Story, Pink Cloud, The Saint and the Senorita, and The Wise Bamboo.
Box 16

Contracts (1951-1952)

General note

A Question of Wills, The Education of Jane Talbot, Pigs, The Saint and the Senorita, and Vanity and Mrs. Fair.
Box 21

Correspondence and letters (ca. 1950s-1960s)

Box 7

Cross Currents - play script pages (no date)

Box 7

Cross Currents, A Drama in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 7

Cross Currents, A Drama in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 7

Curtain Rises (The) by Fritz Rotter (4 copies) (no date, 1955)

General note

With correspondence and contract.
Box 8

Dangerous Corner - motion picture script pages (1933)

Box 8

Dangerous Corner, A Play in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 8

Denise - short story (no date)

Box 8

Denise - story pages (no date)

Box 8

Doing Life - cast list (ca. 1980s)

Box 8

Education of Jane Talbot (The) - scene outline (2 copies) (1951)

Box 8

Education of Janet Talbot (The) - scripts (2 copies) (1951)

Box 8

Education of Sandra Lansing (The) - episode outlines for proposed television series (no date)

Box 8

Ellie - play script pages (no date)

Box 8

Evil Is the Woman - story pages and act synopses (1957)

Box 8

Fable of an Unhappy Stenographer (The) - short story (no date)

Box 8

For Better or Worse - script (1951)

Box 8

For Better, For Worse - motion picture script (1945)

Box 8

Forsaken Beliefs - scene outline (1951)

Box 8

Forsaken Beliefs - script (5 copies) (1951)

Box 1

Frail Hands - holographic notes and story pages (1950)

Box 8

Frail Hands - short story (1950)

Box 8

Frail Hands - short story (1950)

Box 9

Frail Hands - short story (no date)

Box 13

Funeral Piece/A Nice Funeral - story pages (no date, 1962)

Box 9

Galley Slave - play script pages (no date)

Box 9

Happy Ending, A Play in Three Acts - play script (2 copies) (no date)

Box 9

Happy Ending, A Play in Three Acts - play script (2 copies) (no date)

Box 9

Heart Song by Charles S. Gardner - play script (1955)

Box 9

Her Favorite Baritone - proposal and episode synopses (1953)

Box 9

Her Perfect Baritone -treatment (1950)

Box 9

Horses (Records and Standings) - vignette (no date)

Box 9

Hot Walker - corrected first draft (no date, 1960-1961)

Box 1

Hot Walker - holographic notes (no date)

General note

Appears to be for Hot Walker.
Box 1

Hot Walker - holographic notes and typed story pages (no date)

General note

Appears to be for Hot Walker.
Box 10

Hot Walker - outline (1 copies) (1961)

Box 9

Hot Walker - outline (4 copies) (1961)

Box 10

Hot Walker - outline pages (1961)

Box 10

Hot Walker - short story (1960)

Box 10

Hot Walker - short story (1960)

Box 10

Hot Walker - short story (2 copies) (1960)

Box 10

Hot Walker - short story (6 copies) (1960-1961)

Box 11

Hot Walker - story pages (no date)

Box 11

Hot Walker - story pages (no date, 1961)

Box 11

Hucksters (The) - motion picture script (1946)

Box 11

Idled Hands - story pages and outline (1953)

Box 1

Indian Story - holographic and typed notes and story pages (no date, 1961)

Box 11

Jack Patrick - story pages (no date)

Box 1

Jack Patrick Story (The) - outline and holographic notes (no date, 1961)

Box 19

JG check Untitled treatment (Traveling Sales Persons - outline) (1947)

Box 11

Kings Row - pitch for television series (no date)

Box 11

Loom-Up - television script (1955)

Box 11

Loom-Up - television script pages (1955)

Box 11

Loom-Up - television script pages (1955)

Box 1

Loom-Up - television scripts, holographic notes, and clippings (no date, 1955)

Box 11

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 13

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (1 copy) (no date)

Box 12

Love and Learn, A Comedy in Three Acts - play script (2 copies) (no date)

Box 13

Love Flies in the Window - script pages (no date)

Box 13

Love Flies in the Window - play script (no date)

Box 13

Love Flies in the Window, A Play in Three Acts - play script (1933)

Box 13

Magic Lady (The) by Thelma Robinson - synopsis (no date)

Box 13

Man Most Likely by Charles Faber - script (no date)

Box 13

Marriage - story pages (no date)

Box 13

Million (The) - motion picture script (1946)

Box 13

Million (The) - new opening for script (1946)

Box 13

Mohawk by Milton Krims - script (no date)

Box 13

Mother's Blessing - holographic story notes ( no date)

Box 13

Mother's Blessing - short story (no date, 1932)

Box 13

Next Time Go By Train - television script (1951)

Box 13

Nice Funeral (A) - story pages (no date, 1962)

Box 13

Nine Graces (The) - television script (1951)

Box 1

Papa is a Bachelor/ Her Perfect Baritone - story pages (no date, 1949, 1954)

Box 13

Paper Moon, A Play in Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 14

Peg O' My Heart - motion picture script (1947)

Box 14

Peg O' My Heart - short story (1947)

Box 14

Peg O' My Heart - script pages (1948)

Box 14

Penny's Worth, A Comedy Drama in Prologue and Three Acts - play script (no date)

Box 22

Personal documents (ca. 1930s - 1960s)

General note

Postcards, Commonwealth bank statements (1949-1955), Christmas gift lists, correspondence related to car accident, and other assorted items.
Box 16

Pink Cloud (The) - scene outline pages (no date)

Box 14

Pink Cloud (The) - television script (1955)

Box 14

Planter, What Tree? - poem (1940)

Box 14

Private Confusion - first draft motion picture script (1941)

Box 14

Private Confusion - treatment (no date)

Box 14

Pushers (The) by Denver D. Pyle - outline (no date)

Box 14

Question of Wills (A) - scripts (2 copies) (no date, 1954)

Box 14

Question of Wills (A) - scripts (2 copies) (no date, 1954)

Box 15

Question of Wills (A) - short story (4 copies) (no date, 1951)

Box 15

Question of Wills (A) by Alice Brown - story pages (no date)

Box 15

Reluctant Debutante - story pages (no date)

Box 15

Reluctant Debutante - story pages (no date)

Box 15

Reno-Vated, A One Act Play - play script (3 copies) (no date)

Box 16

Reverse Angle - treatment and story pages with clippings and holographic notes (no date, 1949-1950)

Box 15

Rich, Full Life (The) - motion picture script (1946)

Box 15

Ring of Deception - a story treatment (1952)

Box 15

Root of All Evil (The) - television script by Leonard Gershe (1955)

Box 15

Saint and the Senorita (The) - television script (no date)

Box 15

Say It With Flowers - story and scene outlines (1950, 1952)

Box 15

Secret Heart (The) - motion picture script (1946)

Box 15

Secret Heart (The) - retakes script (1946)

Box 15

Shanghai Express - synopsis (no date)

Box 15

Sing Your Heart Out -typescript notes and story pages (no date, 1947)

General note

May be related to Papa is a Bachelor/Her Perfect Baritone.
Box 17

Solitaire - television script (1951)

Box 17

Somewhat Married - play script (1925)

Box 17

Strange Journey - scene outline (no date)

Box 17

Stray Man - treatment (no date)

Box 17

Street of Women - scene outline (no date)

Box 17

Tadpole poem (no date)

Box 17

Talk on Playwriting (A) by Howard Lindsay - lecture (1942)

Box 17

Teacher's Story (The) - script (1953)

Box 17

Telephones to Spain - short story (no date)

Box 17

Telephones to Spain - story pages (no date)

Box 17

Their First Anniversary, A One Act Play - play script (no date)

Box 17

Their First Anniversary, A One Act Play - play script (2 copies) (no date)

Box 17

They All Sing - treatment (1950)

Box 17

This Man Is Mine - mimeographed script (no date)

Box 17

This Man Is Mine - play script (no date)

Box 17

This Man Is Mine - play script pages (no date)

Box 17

Threat - outline for teleplay and teleplay script pages (1956-1957)

Box 17

Threat - short story (1957)

Box 22

Time Magazine Man of the Year issue (featuring John F. Kennedy) (1962)

Box 17

Tintypes, A Play in Three Acts - play script ( 1 copy) (1933)

Box 17

Tintypes, A Plan in Three Acts - play script pages (no date, 1933)

Box 18

Tintypes, A Plan in Three Acts - play script pages (no date)

Box 18

Tintypes, A Play in Three Acts - play script pages (no date)

Box 18

Tintypes, A Play in Three Acts - play script pages (no date)

Box 18

Tombstone - letter and clipping (1959)

Box 18

Too Much Slush, A One Act Farce by Jack Newton - play script (no date,)

Box 18

Top of the Hill (The) - synopsis (no date)

Box 18

Treasure Island - film production information (no date)

Box 18

True Life Adventure (A): In Beaver Valley - synopsis and production story (no date)

Box 18

Two in a Tower - press release, photographs, letters, and clippings (1952)

Box 18

Unfinished Flight - short story (no date)

Box 18

Unfinished Flight - short story (2 copies) (no date)

Box 16

Unidentified projects - holographic notes (no date)

Box 18

Unidentified projects - typed script pages and story pages (no date)

Box 18

Unidentified projects - typed script pages and story pages (no date)

Box 19

Unmarried Couple - motion picture script (no date)

Box 19

Unmarried Couple - motion picture script (4 copies) (no date)

Box 19

Untitled Three Acts -play script pages (no date)

General note

May be related to Love Flies in the Window.
Box 19

Vanity and Mrs. Fair by Frank Galen - script (no date)

Box 19

Violet - motion picture script (1948)

Box 19

Violet - treatment (1948)

Box 20

Violet -script pages (1948)

Box 16

Weddings Unlimited - holographic notes and typed script pages (no date)

Box 20

Weddings Unlimited - television script (2 copies) (1954)

Box 20

Weddings Unlimited - television script (5 copies) (1954)

Box 20

Weddings Unlimited - television script pages (1954)

Box 20

Weddings Unlimited - television script pages (1953-1954)

Box 16

Wise Bamboo (The) - story pages and holographic notes (no date, 1958)

Box 20

Wise Bamboo (The) - treatment pages and script notes (no date, 1958)

Box 16

Wise Bamboo (The) - holographic notes and typed story pages (no date, 1956)

Box 20

Wise Bamboo (The) - script pages (no date)

Box 20

Wise Bamboo (The) - short story (2 copies) (no date)

Box 21

Wise Bamboo (The) - short story (5 copies) (no date)

Box 20

Wise Bamboo (The) - short story and script pages (no date, 1958)

Box 20

Wise Bamboo (The) - telegram, clipping, and bulletin (1958)

Box 21

Without a Horse - story pages (1960)

General note

May be related to Hot Walker.
Box 21

You Wont Be a Father to Me - newspaper clippings and letters (no date, 1955-1957, 1959)