Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Frank Mitchell papers, ca. 1920s-ca. 1980s
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (85.50 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Mitchell papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920s-ca. 1980s
    Collection number: 279
    Creator: Mitchell, Frank.
    Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) and 1 flat box
    Abstract: Frank Mitchell was a vaudeville and film actor. The collection consists clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, business contracts and agreements, correspondence, souvenir programs, awards, and ephemera.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts 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 the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Special Collections Librarian, Performing Arts Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of B. Clouid, 1993.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank Mitchell papers (Collection 279). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Mitchell Freundlich was born in NY, NY on May 13, 1905. As a child he trained with the acrobatic team of the Novello Brothers. He began his career in vaudeville with Sim Moore, as Moore and Mitchell, performing acrobatic comics around the country (1924-25). Mitchell married a well-known singer in Chicago, Jeane Fields (ca. 1924). He headlined his next partner, Jack Durant, at the London Palladium (1929). The two appeared on Broadway in George White's comedy series of sketches Scandals and Earl Carroll's Vanities (1932-33). The team went on to appear in films including 365 Nights in Hollywood (1934), and She Learned About Sailors (1934). Mitchell appeared in numerous western films, often appearing as Canonball, the sidekick to Tex Ritter and Bill Elliott (1930s-40s). He performed in U.S.O Tours during WWII and enjoyed a television career including a recurring role in the television series Wagon Train (1960s). Mitchell received an honorary plaque for his roles in western films at the 1990 Golden Boot Awards. He died of a cardiac arrest in North Hollywood, CA on January 21, 1991.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the career of actor Frank Mitchell. Includes clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, business records, souvenir programs, and ephemera. Also includes sketches for Mitchell and Durant. The scrapbooks and clippings cover both Mitchell's individual career and his association with and Jack Durant. Photographs include personal snapshots and motion pictures stills including Lone Star Vigilantes (1934) and North of the Rockies (1942).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Business Files
    2. Clippings
    3. Memorabilia
    4. Photographs
    5. Scrapbooks
    6. Script Material

    Indexing Terms

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


    Mitchell, Frank--Archives.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--Archival resources.