Finding Aid for the Frank Mitchell papers, ca. 1920s-ca. 1980s

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UCLA Library Special Collections
Performing Arts Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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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.

Container List


Business Files

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, contracts and agreements ca. 1927-1938


With notes from Sid Grauman and Burns and Allen.
Box 1, Folder 12

USO documents and thank you letters ca. 1943-1946

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, contracts and agreements ca. 1946-1988


With notes from Jerry Lewis.


Box 1, Folder 2

Mitchell and Durant clippings scrapbook belonging to Jane Mitchell 1924-1925


For Sim Moore and Frank Mitchell; Mitchell and Durant; and Jane Mitchell.
Box 1, Folder 3

Mitchell and Durant clippings no date

Box 1, Folder 4

Mitchell and Durant clippings ca. 1924-1929

Box 1, Folder 5

Mitchell and Durant clippings ca. 1932-1939

Box 1, Folder 6

Mitchell and Durant clippings ca. 1940s-1950s

Box 1, Folder 7

Mitchell clippings ca. 1960s-1984

Box 1, Folder 8

Mitchell and Durant clippings from magazines and trades ca. 1934-1979

Box 3, Folder 3

Mitchell and Durant scrapbook pages of clippings ca. 1930-1937

Box 3, Folder 4

USO Tour clippings ca. 1944



Box 1, Folder 10

National Vaudeville Artists Fund Thirteenth Annual Benefit Performance Year Book 1929 - program 1929 April 21

Box 1, Folder 11

Billboard Theatrical Index 1931-1932


Billboard Index of the New York Legitimate Stage - Season 1931-1932
Box 1, Folder 14

Mitchell performances or appearances - programs and ephemera ca. 1929-1955

Box 1, Folder 15

Comedians vs. Leading Men: Worlds Greatest Baseball Game - Mitchell appearance no date


See also Box 2 folder 22 for possible related photographs
Box 1, Folder 16

Personal ephemera ca. 1929-1990


Includes identification.
Box 2, Folder 1

Mitchell public appearances - programs ca. 1950-1988


With cast autographs of the Western Film Fair.
Box 2, Folder 2

Golden Boot Awards program 1988 Aug 19, 1989 Aug 5

Box 2, Folder 3

Personal ephemera 1991 Jan 29


County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, In Memoriam to Frank Mitchell.
Box 3, Folder 1

Laff Parade publicity ad for Mitchell and Durant no date

Box 3, Folder 2

Lone Star Vigilantes - lobby cards (11oversize items) ca. 1953


Mostly photoduplications.


Box 2, Folder 4

Newspaper press plate of Mitchell no date

Box 2, Folder 5

Advance to the Rear negatives (4 items) no date

Box 2, Folder 6

Wagon Train (television series) photograph (1 item) no date

Box 2, Folder 7

She Learned About Sailors photographs (1 item) Film released 1934


Mitchell, Lew Ayres and Jack Durant in photograph.
Box 2, Folder 8

Music is Magic photographs (1 item) Film released 1935


Mitchell, Jack Durant, Eddie Dunn, and Alice Faye in photograph.
Box 2, Folder 9

Six Lessons from Madame LaZonga photographs (1 item) ca. 1940

Box 2, Folder 10

Big House Blues photograph (1 item) ca. 1941

Box 2, Folder 11

Land of the Outlaws photographs (1 item) ca. 1941

Box 2, Folder 12

Lone Star Vigilantes photographs (12 items) ca. 1941, 1942


Mitchell, Bill Elliot, Tex Ritter, Budd Buster and Virginia Carpenter in photographs.
Box 2, Folder 13

North of the Rockies photographs (5 items) Film released 1942


Mitchell, Bill Elliot and Tex Ritter in photographs.
Box 2, Folder 14

Scaramouche photographs (1 item) Film released 1952

Box 2, Folder 15

Kismet - photographs (1 item) Film released 1955

Box 2, Folder 16

Advance to the Rear photographs (4 items) ca. 1964

Box 2, Folder 17

Rhythm of the Rio Grande photograph (1 item) Film released 1940

Box 2, Folder 18

Moore and Mitchell; Novello Brothers - photographs (4 items) ca. 1918-1927

Box 2, Folder 19

Jane Mitchell (wife) - photographs (2 items) no date

Box 2, Folder 20

Mitchell and Durant photographs (18 items) ca. 1920-1936

Box 2, Folder 21

Mitchell portraits (36 items) ca. 1920-1965

Box 2, Folder 22

Personal photographs (13 items) ca. 1923; 1934; 1937; 1940; 1944


Includes: Milton Berle, Eddie Quillian, Billy Gilbert and Lionel Stander, among others. Robert Taylor at Comedians v. Leading Men Baseball Game; Lon Chaney Jr. at Comedian vs. Leading Men Football Game.
Box 2, Folder 23

USO Tour photographs (43 items) ca. 1943-1946

Box 2, Folder 24

USO Tour photographs (30 items) ca. 1943-1945

Box 2, Folder 25

Unidentified stills Mitchell performances (5 items) ca. 1940-1964

Box 2, Folder 26

Key Stone Cops photographs (12 items) ca. 1965-1967


Mitchell, Stan Lawson, Tippi Hedron, Mary Pickford in photographs.
Box 2, Folder 27

New Three Stooges photograph (7 items) ca. 1975


Mitchell, Joe De Rita and Paul "Mousie" Garner in photographs.
Box 2, Folder 28

Appearances at reunions and events photographs (19 items) ca. 1980-1990

Box 2, Folder 29

Mitchell personal photographs (4 items) ca. 1934-1988

Box 3

Earl Carroll, Atlantic City Aug 1931 photograph (1 oversize item) 1931 Aug


Appears to be Nixon's Apollo Theater.
Box 3

Mitchell and Durant photograph (I oversize item) - Dead in the Room and Off the Record: The Boys of 36 Hotel Biltmore 1936 Oct 28


James Farley dinner in honor of President Roosevelt.
Box 3, Folder 8

Mitchell and Durant portraits (15 oversize items) ca. 1926-1941


With inscribed photographs from Rubinoff, Maurice Chevalier, Ted Lewis.


Box 3, Folder 5

This is Your Life? by Janie Mitchell - scrapbook pages - 1 of 3 ca. 1927-1966


Photographs and clippings.
Box 3, Folder 6

This is Your Life? by Janie Mitchell - scrapbook pages - 2 of 3 ca. 1928-1950


Photographs and clippings.
Box 3, Folder 7

This is Your Life? by Janie Mitchell - scrapbook pages - 3 of 3 ca. 1929-1966


Photographs and clippings.

Script Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Mitchell and Durant - sketches no date


Mostly Mitchell and Durant. With script titled A Pair of French Heels by Howard Emmett Rogers dated 1931 April 14.