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Finding Aid for the Vic Mizzy Film and Television Music Collection Approximately 1963-2004
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vic Mizzy Film and Television Music Collection,
    Date (inclusive): Approximately 1963-2004
    Collection number: 144-M
    Creator: Mizzy, Vic, 1916-2009.
    Extent: 49 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection consists of Vic Mizzy musical scores written for television shows, most notably the Addams Family and Green Acres. Also, scores for three feature films, and two television movies. Six CD sound recordings are in the collection, including the New Spiderman Theme written for the DVD release of the film Spiderman 2. The collection is in the midst of being processed and the finding aid will be updated periodically.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library. 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 if the Music Library does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vic Mizzy Film and Television Music Collection, 144-M, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to UCLA by the composer.


    Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922, Vic Mizzy is a composer of popular music for television and movies. Two of his most memorable and enduring compositions are the themes for the 1960's CBS television shows The Addams Family and Green Acres. Mizzy's musical education began at the age of four, when he learned to play George Gershwin tunes on a player piano. At 14, he joined with his childhood friend Irving Taylor to write songs and lyrics, eventually winning the Fred Allen Collegiate Amateur Hour contest. Mizzy and Taylor joined the Navy in World War II, but still managed to write hit songs such as Three Little Sisters during the war years. By the early 1960's, Mizzy was living and working in Hollywood, writing for the Richard Boone Show and Kentucky Jones, before being asked to score The Addams Family. The theme for Green Acres followed, along with scores for film and television movies. A Southern California resident, Mizzy's current work includes the CD Songs For The Jogging Crowd (2003), as well as 2004's New Spiderman Theme, written for the DVD release of the film Spiderman 2.

    Scope and Content

    The collection spans Mizzy's Hollywood years of television and film composing from approximately 1963-2004. There are numerous television scores, primarily handwritten, most notably his classic theme for the Addams Family, and for Green Acres. Scores for other television shows such as Quincy, the Secret Life of Henry Phyfe, and Delta House are also in the collection. Mizzy's film scores range from music for The Night Walker starring Barbara Stanwyck (1964), a remake of the Perils of Pauline starring Pat Boone (1967), and the Don Knotts feature, The Reluctant Astronaut (1967). Mizzy's 21st century work includes the 2003 CD recording "Songs for the Jogging Crowd" and 2004's "New Spiderman Theme," written for the DVD release of the film Spiderman 2.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Film Scores
    • Series 2. Television Movie Scores
    • Series 3. Television Show Scores
    • Series 4. Audio Visual Materials, 1957-2008
    • Series 5. Other Scores, 1936-1992
    • Series 6. Photographs
    • Series 7. Personal Papers

    Indexing Terms

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


    Mizzy, Vic, 1922- --Archives.
    Film composers --Archival resources.