Finding Aid for the Phil Karlson Papers, 1954-1969

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Finding Aid for the Phil Karlson Papers, 1954-1969

Collection number: 345

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Phil Karlson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1954-1969
Collection number: 345
Creator: Karlson, Phil, 1908-
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Phil Karlson (1908- ) was born Philip N. Karlstein. He worked in many positions at Universal Studios, including propman, film editor, associate producer, and finally as feature editor in 1944. He was known for directing realistic crime films. The collection consists of screenplays and related materials of motion pictures directed byKarlson. Most screenplays are heavily annotated, and some contain drawings, timing notes, schedules, memos, and cast lists.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Phil Karlson.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phil Karlson Papers (Collection 345). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1972958 

Biography

Karlson was born Philip N. Karlstein on July 2, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois; studied law at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; worked in many positions at Universal Studios, including propman, film editor, associate producer, and finally as feature editor in 1944; became known for directing realistic crime films, including Scandal sheet (1952), 99 River street (1953), Tight spot, Five against the house, and the Phenix city story (all 1955), The brothers Rico (1957), and Walking tall (1973).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of screenplays and related materials of motion pictures directed by Phil Karlson. Most screenplays are heavily annotated, and some contain drawings, timing notes, schedules, memos, and cast lists. Also includes a television script for the final draft pilot of The untouchables.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Tight spot, Five against the house, Gunman's walk, Key witness (Box 1).
  2. The young doctors, Kid Galahad, Rampage, The silencers (Box 2).
  3. The hornet's nest, The untouchables (final draft pilot screenplay for television) (Box 3).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Karlson, Phil, 1908- --Archives.
Motion picture producers and directors--California, Southern--Archives.
Screenplays.


Container List

 

Motion Picture Manuscripts

Box 1

Tight Spot. 1955. “Dead Pigeon.”

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, revised, September 7, 1954, bound in full red leather with gold stamping.

Scope and Content Note

  • A Columbia Pictures film production
  • Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by William Bowers
  • Starring Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Lorne Greene
Box 1

Five Against The House. 1955.

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, November 2, 1954, bound in full red leather and signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • A Columbia Pictures film production
  • Produced by Stirling Silliphant, John Barnwell
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Stirling Silliphant, William Bowers, John Barnwell
  • Starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith
Box 1

Gunman's Walk. 1958.

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, November 4, 1957, heavily annotated throughout and signed. This also includes the location and shooting schedules.

Scope and Content Note

  • A Columbia Pictures film production
  • Produced by Fred Kohlmar
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Frank Nugent
  • Starring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant
Box 1

Key Witness . 1961.

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, August 18, 1959. Mr. Karlson's working copy, heavily annotated throughout with all inter-office. memos, all schedules and cast lists. Signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • An MGM film production
  • Produced by Kathryn Buckman
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Sidney Michaels
  • Starring Jeff Hunter, Pat Crowley, Dennis Hopper
Box 2

The Young Doctors. 1961.

Physical Description: Final shooting script, December 5, 1960, Mr. Karlson's working copy, heavily annotated throughout, includes location schedules, signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • A United Artists film production
  • Produced by Stuart Millar, Lawrence Turman
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Joseph Hayes
  • Starring Ben Gazzara, Frederic March, Ina Balin
Box 2

Kid Galahad. 1962.

Physical Description: Copy of the final shooting script, October 4, 1961. Mr. Karlson's working copy, heavily annotated throughout and signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • A United Artists film production
  • Produced by David Weisbart
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by William Fay
  • Starring Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright
Box 2

Rampage. 1963.

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, August 22, 1962. Mr. Karlson's working copy, heavily annotated throughout. This includes an English-Malay vocabulary and all revised schedules. Signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • A Seven Arts film production
  • Produced by William Fadiman
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Robert L. Holt
  • Starring Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli, Sabu
Box 2

The Silencers. 1966.

Physical Description: Final draft's creenplay, revised, June 17, 1965, signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • A Columbia Pictures film production
  • Produced by Irving Allen
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Oscar Soul
  • Starring Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi
Box 3

The Silencers. 1966.

Physical Description: Storyboard with the layout of every shot as directed by Mr. Karlson, 145 drawings and a summary of all timing notes.
Box 3

The Hornet's Nest.

Physical Description: Final draft screenplay, January 15, 1969, heavily annotated throughout and signed.
Box 3

The Untouchables. March 1959.

Physical Description: Final draft pilot screenplay, in two parts, heavily annotated throughout and signed.

Scope and Content Note

  • TV
  • Produced by Desilu Productions
  • Directed by Phil Karlson
  • Written by Paul Monash
  • Starring Robert Stack, Neville Brand, Pat Crowley