Finding Aid for the John Paxton papers, ca. 1944-1971

Processed by Anne Caiger, August 1979; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé; online finding aid edited by Josh Fiala, May 2003.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: John Paxton papers
Date (inclusive): ca. 1944-1971
Collection number: 2082
Creator: Paxton, John, 1911-1985.
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: John Paxton (1911- ) worked as a press agent (1937-38), associate editor for Stage magazine (1937-38) and a publicist for New York Theatre Guild (1941) before coming to Hollywood to work as a scriptwriter with RKO. The collection consists of Paxton's treatments, screenplays, and clippings relating to his films including Farewell my lovely, Crossfire, The cyclists' raid, On the beach, and Kotch.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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.

Administrative Information

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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Paxton papers (Collection 2082). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233561 

Biography/History

Paxton was born in 1911 in Kansas; BJ, University of Missouri, 1934; worked as a press agent, 1937-38; associate editor, Stage magazine, 1937-38; publicist for New York Theatre Guild, 1941; in 1942 he came to Hollywood to work as a scriptwriter with RKO, notably on films directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1945-47; in the 1950s, wrote scripts for various companies, including three for Warwick Films in London and two Stanley Kramer productions; screenplays include Murder my sweet (1945), Cornered (1945), Crossfire (1947), So well remembered (1947), Fourteen hours (1951), The wild one (1953), A prize of gold (1955), The cobweb (1955), and On the Beach (1959).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of treatments, screenplays, and clippings relating to films of screenwriter John Paxton. Includes Farewell my lovely, Crossfire, The cyclists' raid, On the beach, and Kotch.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Paxton, John, 1911- --Archives.
Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Film scripts.


Container List

 

Murder My Sweet

Box 1

Farewell My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler.

Physical Description: Paperback book.
Box 1

Farewell My Lovely, treatment by John Paxton. February 19, 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Original, with notations and revisions penciled in by Producer Adrian Scott.
Box 1

Farewell My Lovely, screenplay by John Paxton. 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Estimating Script (March 14, 1944) and Changes (March 30, 1944).
Box 1

Farewell My Lovely, screenplay by John Paxton. April 21, 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Final Script.
Box 1

Folder of clippings.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 1

Farewell My Lovely, treatment by John Paxton.

Scope and Content Note

Second Revised.
 

Crossfire

Box 1

The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks.

Physical Description: Hardcover book.
Box 1

Cradle of Fear, screenplay by John Paxton. February 19, 1947.

Scope and Content Note

Based on novel, The Brick Foxhold by Richard Brooks.
(Revisions March 6, 7, 10, 14, 17, 20, 1947).
Box 1

Crossfire, screenplay by John Paxton. August 4, 1947.

Note

As Shot.
Box 2

Folder of clippings.

Scope and Content Note

With 8 × 10 print of picture of John Paxton, Adrian Scott, Edward Dmytryk.

Note

[Clippings - missing; Edward Dmytryk - not included].
 

The Wild One

Box 2

The Bridgeport Rebellion, screenplay by John Paxton. October 16, 1952.

Scope and Content Note

Second draft.
Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton. December 3, 1952.

Scope and Content Note

(Estimating) Third Draft.
Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton. December 30, 1952.

Scope and Content Note

Fourth Draft.
Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton. January 21, 1953.

Scope and Content Note

Final Draft (Fifth Draft).
Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton.

Scope and Content Note

Sixth Draft (with revisions).
Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton. February 4, 1953.

Scope and Content Note

(Estimating) Revised Final (Seventh Draft).
Box 2

Miscellaneous revision pages.

Box 2

The Cyclists' Raid, screenplay by John Paxton.

Scope and Content Note

Eighth Draft.
Box 2

Folder of clippings.

 

On the Beach

Note

[Note: Do not have a final script but am trying to obtain one]
Box 3

On the Beach. Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France. 1958.

Scope and Content Note

Working papers and notes.
Box 3

On the Beach. Screenplay by John Paxton. May 28, 1959.

Scope and Content Note

With some change pages but incomplete.
Box 3

Folder of miscellaneous reviews.

Box 3

Box office.

Scope and Content Note

Blue Ribbon Plaque for Best Picture of the Month for the Whole Family.

Note

[Not included]
 

Kotch

Box 4

Kotch, by Katherine Topkins.

Physical Description: Hardcover.
Box 4

Kotch, by Katherine Topkins.

Physical Description: Paperback (after filming).
Box 4

Kotch. 1968.

Physical Description: Steno pad.

Scope and Content Note

Original notes and ideas.
Box 4

Kotch.

Scope and Content Note

Original working copy edited for typing.
Box 4

Kotch. Script by John Paxton. December 8, 1968.

Scope and Content Note

Typed copy no.3 with revisions and editing as prepared for multilithing.
Box 4

Kotch. Screenplay by John Paxton.

Scope and Content Note

Multilith copy no.2.
Box 4

Kotch. November-December 1968.

Scope and Content Note

Revisions.
Box 5

Kotch.

Physical Description: Typed copy.

Scope and Content Note

Revisions.
Box 5

Kotch. Dated July 1, 1969.

Scope and Content Note

Work copy for revisions.
Box 5

Kotch. Dated August 3, 1970.

Scope and Content Note

Rough copy, revisions.
Box 5

Kotch. Dated August 3, 1970.

Scope and Content Note

Additional revisions.
Box 5

Kotch.

Scope and Content Note

Last working script (pages missing).
Box 5

Kotch. 1970.

Scope and Content Note

Last working script & notes before final revisions.
Box 5

Kotch, screenplay by John Paxton.

Scope and Content Note

With revisions to August 1970.
Box 5

Kotch. January 4, 1971.

Scope and Content Note

Screenplay with revisions.
 

Screenwriters' Annual Award. 1971. Writers Guild of America.

Scope and Content Note

A Brass Plaque to John Paxton for Kotch. Best Written Comedy Adapted from Another Medium

Note

[Not included]
 

Screenwriters' Annual Award. 1971.

Scope and Content Note

Certificate of Nomination for Writing Achievement, etc.

Note

[Not included]
 

Certificate of Award from Southern California Motion Picture Council. September 28, 1971.

Scope and Content Note

[Not included]
Box 5

Kotch.

Scope and Content Note

Folder of miscellaneous clippings, ads, etc.