Jess Kimmel papers, ca. 1926-1982; bulk ca. 1940s-1950s (Collection PASC.362)

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Title: Jess Kimmel papers
Collection number: PASC.362
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Physical Description: 10.5 linear ft. (21 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-1950
Date (inclusive): ca. 1926-1982, (bulk ca. 1940s-1950s)
Abstract: Jess Kimmel was a director and producer for radio, television and stage from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. The collection consists of script material, occasional notes, production information and/or publicity and materials believed to be related to Kimmel's service in the US Army during World War II.
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.
Creator: Kimmel, Jess

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jess Kimmel papers (Collection PASC 362). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Jess Kimmel was born in March 3, 1915 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated with a B.A. from New York University in 1937. Upon his graduation he worked briefly as a stage actor and then turned to production and direction. During his career he worked on several productions such The Alchemist, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Merry Widow Revue and The Shrike. He served in the US Army from 1940 to 1946. It is unclear what job he performed in the army, but material found in the collection suggests he was involved in the Army Service Forces Special Service Division. In 1954, he became the director for Universal-International's Talent Workshop, a program designed to expand the studio's talent development program. Around 1956 he made the transition to television and was under contract to ABC, CBS, and NBC. His television credits include: The Bob Hope Show, Colgate Comedy Hour, The Red Button's Show, and Your Show of Shows, among others. He died May 1961 in New York.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials related to the career of director and producer Jess Kimmel. The bulk of the collection is script material related to radio, stage, television projects, and unidentified projects. It is not evident if all the projects represented were produced, but it is believed Kimmel was involved with each project in some capacity. Additionally, there are occasional notes, production information and/or publicity. Television projects represent Fireball Fun For All, Omnibus, Pace of Chicago, and Your Show of Shows. The stage project files document The Alchemist, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Merry Widow Revue, among others. Radio material contains scripts and sketches for projects such as The Ghost of Benjamin Sweet and My Client Curley. There is also planning documents and publicity for the Philadelphia Independence Homecoming Celebration, which was part of state and local rallies built around four-day independence homecoming to be held at Philadelphia in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 1951. The printed materials include a small amount of published plays, theatre programs, and publications related to the entertainment industry.
There are materials believed to be related to Kimmel's service in the US Army during World War II including service manuals, many of which pertain to entertainment, morale and recreation. The Soldier Show folios and publications were produced by the Special Service Division, Army Service Forces and used for stage presentations and radio broadcasts in military areas by members of the armed forces and civilians engaged in the war effort, assessment tests, and other training material and notes.
A small portion of the collection was originally filed in unlabeled binders. The processor assigned each binder a number documented in the notes field to distinguish the files originally contained within them and to maintain original order. The binders were removed for preservation purposes. A portion of the unidentified project material found in the binders appears to be have been related to entertainment for the armed forces; it is unknown if these were performed or broadcast.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Armed Forces Entertainment
  2. Film Projects
  3. Radio Projects
  4. Television Projects
  5. Theater Projects
  6. Unidentified Projects
  7. Printed Material

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Jess Kimmel--Archival resources.
Television producers and directors--Archival resources.
Theatrical producers and directors--Archival resources.
United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division--Archival resources.

Container List

 

Armed Forces Entertainment. (ca. 1940 ? 1945)

Physical Description: Boxes 12, 14 ? 20

Scope and Content Note

The Armed Forces Entertainment series consists of script material, sketches, service manuals, and publications produced in connection to the Special Service Division and in which Kimmel was involved in some capacity. The bulk of the series is comprised of folios and guides relating to the production of Soldier Shows. There is no specific arrangement to the series. See also Unidentified Projects for possible additional Armed Forces Entertainment material.
Box 16, Folder 1

Army Assessment tests. no date.

Box 15, Folder 20

Army Editor's manual. no date.

Box 17, Folder 6

Army Service Forces - manuals and training material for morale, recreation and entertainment activities. 1944, 1945.

General note

Materials from unlabeled binder.
Box 15, Folder 18

Classification and Assignment Section Ordnance Training Center memorandum. 1943 Aug 11.

Box 17, Folder 9

Entertainment and recreation material. no date.

General note

Funny stories, bits and recreation ideas. Appears to be generated from Entertainment Section.
Box 20, Folder 14

Games. no date.

Box 16, Folder 6

General Classification test booklet. 1941.

Box 14, Folder 11

Goldsmith's Preferred Sports Equipment - Military training obstacle course chart. c. 1943.

Box 15, Folder 21

Job Instruction Training booklet. no date.

Box 18, Folder 4

Navy On Stage (Vol. 1) (2 copies). no date.

General note

Sketches, radio scripts, quiz shows, one-act plays and minstrel shows.
Box 18, Folder 5

Navy On Stage (Vol. 2) Stagecraft manual. no date.

General note

Elementary guide to stage material and methods.
Box 16, Folder 2

Ordnance School training (folder 1 of 2). ca. 1940s.

General note

Training material and notes.
Box 16, Folder 3

Ordnance School training (folder 2 of 2). ca. 1940s.

Box 15, Folder 17

Ordnance Training material. no date.

General note

Appears to be an orientation packet related to military service.
Box 17, Folder 1

Overseas Soldier Shows Conferences Script and Lecture Material. no date.

Box 18, Folder 3

P.F.C. Mary Brown: A WAC Musical Revue. no date.

Box 17, Folder 3

Redistribution Entertainment Guide No. 1 (A Soldier Show Publication). no date.

Box 12, Folder 5

Silbert Sounds Off - scripts. Sep 2, no date.

General note

Appears to be radio broadcast. Camp Silbert, produced by Special Service Training Group at Camp Silbert, Alabama.
Box 19, Folder 10

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 19). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 20, Folder 4

Soldier Shows - Special Folio of Soldier Show material. no date.

Box 19, Folder 3

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 10). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 4

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 11). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 5

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 12). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 6

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 13). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 7

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 14). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 8

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 15). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 9

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 18). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 11

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 20). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 12

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 22). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 13

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 23). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 19, Folder 14

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 24) - It's the G.I. State Fair (2 copies). no date.

Box 19, Folder 15

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 25) - Thanksgiving, Mock Election. no date.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 19, Folder 16

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 26) - Christmas Special. no date.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 19, Folder 17

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 27) - Murder Mystery Production Numbers. no date.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 19, Folder 18

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 28) - Broadway Special featuring New York's Latest Hit The Hasty Heart. no date.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 20, Folder 1

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 29) - Folio Highlights. 1945 June.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 20, Folder 2

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 30) - Entertainment Grab Bag. 1945 July.

General note

Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, and Crossovers.
Box 20, Folder 3

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 31) - 26-Week Entertainment Program Guide. 1944 Sep.

General note

Sketches, Crossovers, Quizzes, Revues, Blackouts and Parodies.
Box 19, Folder 2

Soldier Shows (Folio No. 9). no date.

General note

Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches.
Box 17, Folder 7

Soldier Shows 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands (Parts 7- 12). c. 1945.

Box 18, Folder 2

Soldier Shows Blueprint Special - About Face. no date.

Box 18, Folder 1

Soldier Shows Blueprint Special - OK, USA. 1945 June.

Box 17, Folder 8

Soldier Shows Blueprint Special no. 2 - Hi Yank!. no date.

Box 20, Folder 5

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 1. no date.

General note

Blackouts, Sketches, Quizzes, Parodies, and Games.
Box 20, Folder 6

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 2. no date.

General note

Games, Puzzles, Quizzes.
Box 20, Folder 7

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 3. no date.

General note

Bedzapoppin, (A Revue) Games, Quizzes.
Box 20, Folder 8

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 4. no date.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 20, Folder 9

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 5. no date.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 20, Folder 10

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 6. 1945 June.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 20, Folder 11

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 7. 1945 Oct.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 20, Folder 12

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 8. 1945 Dec.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 20, Folder 13

Soldier Shows Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 9. 1945 Nov.

General note

Appears to be for Soldier Shows. A Soldier Show Publication.
Box 19, Folder 1

Soldier Shows Production Ideas for G. I. Variety Shows No. 1. no date.

Box 17, Folder 5

Soldier Shows Reception Center Blackouts, Parodies, Revues Entertainment Guide No. 2. no date.

Box 17, Folder 4

Soldier Shows Reception Center: Blackouts, Parodies, Games Entertainment Guide No. 1. no date.

Box 17, Folder 2

Soldier Shows Staging Area and Transport Entertainment Guide Comprising Blackouts, Sketches, Quizzes, Parodies, and Games. no date.

Box 14, Folder 10

Special Service Officer's Notebook. 1944.

General note

Fragile material. School for Special Service course material and notes.
Box 16, Folder 5

Special Services Conference Teams. ca. 1944.

General note

Training material and notes that appear related to Overseas Soldier Shows Conferences.
Box 16, Folder 4

U.S.O. Camp Shows: a guide to the foxhole circuit - booklet. no date.

Box 14, Folder 14

War Department Office of the Chief of Engineers Construction Division Engineering Branch Diagrams and Construction Details for Recreation Facilities. 1942.

Box 15, Folder 19

What the Soldier Thinks report. 1943 Aug.

General note

Quarterly report with charts of research studies indicating the attitudes, prejudices and desires of American troops.
 

Film Projects. (no date)

Physical Description: Box 10

Scope and Content Note

Film Projects series consists of script material for The Squall and a script for The Double-Barreled Detective Story. There is no specific arrangement to the series.
Box 10, Folder 16

Double-Barrelled Detective Story (The) written by Adolfas Mekas - script. c. 1964.

Box 10, Folder 15

Squall (The) - Vitaphone sequences. no date.

 

Radio Projects. (1939-1944)

Physical Description: Boxes 6-8

Scope and Content Note

The Radio Projects series consists of a small amount of sketches and script material for projects in which Kimmel may have been involved. It is unknown whether any of the scripts in the series were produced. The bulk of the series was originally found in an unlabeled loose binder; some may be connected to Armed Forces Entertainment. The series is arranged alphabetically by project titles.
Box 7, Folder 3

Catbird Seat (The) adapted for radio Marian Gordon - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2.
Box 7, Folder 15

Deep in the Heart of Tschaikowsky by Mort Lewis - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be for radio.
Box 8, Folder 2

Ghost of Benjamin Sweet (The) - script. no date.

General note

American Theatre Wing All Veteran production.
Box 7, Folder 12

It Pays to be Ignorant - final script. May 1944.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 7, Folder 9

King Solomon of Kentucky. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be radio project.
Box 7, Folder 33

Man Without a Country (The) adapted for radio by Anne Barley - script. c. 1939.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 7, Folder 20

Martian Invasion (The) - script material. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Typescript pages for what appears to be for War of the Worlds. Appears to be for radio.
Box 8, Folder 1

My Client Curley - scripts. no date.

General note

Four annotated carbon copies. Appears to be for radio; appears to be for Columbia Workshop.
Box 7, Folder 21

My Client Curley by Norman Corwin -script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be for radio; appears to be for American Theatre Wing.
Box 8, Folder 3

Rise and Fall of Lummox Kissell (The) - sketch and scripts. no date.

General note

Six copies of script; four are annotated.
Box 7, Folder 24

Savage Encounter - script. 1944 Mar.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 7, Folder 28

St. Louis Blues - script. c. 1942.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 7, Folder 23

They Burned the Books by Stephen Vincent Benet - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 6, Folder 11

Three-In-One Show (The) by George Hackathorne - scripts. no date.

General note

Second script appears to be related to Three-In-One.
Box 7, Folder 22

Untitled script. 1944 Apr.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be for School for Special and Morale Services, Army Service Forces.
 

Television Projects. (1949-1982; bulk 1949-1953)

Physical Description: Boxes 6, 8-10, 14-15

Scope and Content Note

The Television Projects series consists of sketches, script material, and occasional publicity for projects in which Kimmel appears to have or may have been involved. Among the projects in the series are Cavalcade of Stars, Fireball Fun For All, Omnibus, Pace of Chicago, and Your Show of Shows. The series is arranged alphabetically by project titles.
Box 9, Folder 12

Adventures of Pollyanna - final draft teleplay. 1981 Jan.

General note

With cast list, set list and shooting call.
Box 9, Folder 13

But I Wouldn't Want to Live Here - pilot script for proposed television series. 1966 Aug 12.

General note

Photocopy.
Box 15, Folder 12

Cavalcade of Stars - opening and Pickins Carter spot. 1950 Feb 11.

Box 15, Folder 11

Cavalcade of Stars - Stooper Man sketch. 1950 Feb 4.

Box 9, Folder 14

Elgin-American Thanksgiving Day Show - running order for program. no date.

General note

Two copies.
Box 8, Folder 13

Fireball Fun For All - bits, gags and sketch. 1949 July 19.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 8, Folder 15

Fireball Fun For All - newsreel sketch. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4. Appears to be for Fireball Fun For All.
Box 8, Folder 14

Fireball Fun For All - Western sketch. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4. Appears to be for Fireball Fun For All.
Box 8, Folder 18

Fireball Fun For All (show # 2) - script. 1949 July 5.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 1

Fireball Fun For All (show # 3) - script with annotations. 1949 July 12.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 8, Folder 16

Fireball Fun For All revised Bedlam sketch. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 8, Folder 17

Fireball Fun For All Show # 1 - script. 1949 June 28.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 2

Fireball Fun For All Show # 4 - script with annotations. 1949 July 19.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 3

Fireball Fun For All Show # 5 - script with annotations. 1949 July 26.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 4

Fireball Fun For All Show # 6 - script with annotations. 1949 Aug 2.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 5

Fireball Fun For All Show # 7 - script with annotations. 1949 Aug 9.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 6

Fireball Fun For All Show # 8 - script with annotations. 1949 Sep 22.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 7

Fireball Fun For All Show # 9 - script with annotations. 1949 Sep 29.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 8

Fireball Fun For All Show #10 - script with annotations. 1949 Oct 6.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 9

Fireball Fun For All Show #11 - script with annotations. 1949 Oct 13.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 10

Fireball Fun For All Show #12 - script with annotations. 1949 Oct 20.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 9, Folder 11

Fireball Fun For All Show #13 - script with annotations. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4.
Box 8, Folder 12

Ideas. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 4. Typescript notes of ideas that may be related to Fireball Fun for All.
Box 10, Folder 12

In My Dreams a one hour television special by Jennifer O'Neill. 1979.

Box 9, Folder 15

Masterminds (The) by Robert Condon - pitch presentation. no date.

Box 14, Folder 1

National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Television Comedy - publicity. no date.

General note

Oversize booklet-like item.
Box 9, Folder 16

Oklahoma City Dolls (The) - written by Ann Beckett - final draft script. 1980 June 5.

Box 10, Folder 8

Omnibus - Abracadabra Kid (The) by William Saroyan revised script. 1953 Apr 19.

Box 10, Folder 9

Omnibus - Arms and the Man Bernard Shaw script. 1953 May 5.

General note

Found Act 3 in different box and merged with this folder.
Box 10, Folder 2

Omnibus - Fledermaus- script material. 1953 Feb 1.

Box 10, Folder 4

Omnibus - Happy Journey (The) by Thornton Wilder - script. 1953 Mar 8.

Box 10, Folder 10

Omnibus - Henry the Fifth Act 5, Scene 2 Courtship Scene script material. 1953 Jan 11.

Box 10, Folder 1

Omnibus - Last night of Don Juan (The) - script material. no date.

Box 10, Folder 7

Omnibus - Man in the Cool-Cool Moon (The) by William Saroyan - revised script. 1952 Dec 26.

Box 10, Folder 5

Omnibus - Napoleon The Pen and the Sword - revised script. 1953 Feb 8.

Box 10, Folder 6

Omnibus - The Figgerin' of Aunt Wilma adapted for television by Tad Mosel - script. 1953 Apr 26.

Box 10, Folder 3

Omnibus - Trial by Jury - script. 1953 Apr 19.

Box 8, Folder 4

Pace of Chicago - script. 1952 Mar 6.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. For Marshall Field and Company.
Box 8, Folder 6

Pace of Chicago - script. 1952 Mar 27.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. For Marshall Field and Company.
Box 8, Folder 5

Pace of Chicago - script. 1952 Apr 10.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. For Marshall Field and Company.
Box 8, Folder 8

Pace of Chicago - script. 1952 Apr 10.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. For Marshall Field and Company.
Box 8, Folder 7

Pace of Chicago - script. 1952 Mar 20.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. For Marshall Field and Company.
Box 10, Folder 13

Paper Chase - Second Year Plague of the Locust - second draft script. 1982 Nov.

Box 6, Folder 8

Rut (The) (Cry of the Soul) by George Hackathorne - script. no date.

Box 8, Folder 11

Star Spangled Revue - script. 1950 Apr 9.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. Bob Hope with Beatrice Lillie, Douglas Fairbanks and Dinah Shore.
Box 8, Folder 10

Star Spangled Revue - script. 1950 May 27.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. Bob Hope with Frank Sinatra, Beatrice Lillie and Peggy Lee.
Box 8, Folder 9

Star Spangled Revue - script. 1950 Sep 14.

General note

From unlabeled binder 3. Starring Bob Hope.
Box 10, Folder 14

Starsky and Hutch - Moonshine final draft script. 1978 July.

Box 15, Folder 13

Your Show of Shows - printed programs. 1950 Sep-April 1951.

General note

35 programs for multiple productions of Your Show of Shows.
Box 15, Folder 15

Your Show of Shows address and phone list. 1951, no date.

Box 15, Folder 14

Your Show of Shows sketches. 1949 March, no date.

 

Theater Projects. (1936-1965)

Physical Description: Boxes 1-6, 11-14

Scope and Content Note

The Theater Projects series consists of mainly of script material. It is unknown whether all the projects were produced. Among the projects are The Alchemist, Four Comedies by Chekhov, and The Merry Widow Revue. The Merry Widow Revue includes additional records related to the production. The series is arranged alphabetically by project titles.
Box 1, Folder 1

Alchemist (The). ca. 1948.

General note

Annotated playscript, programs, and stage plan.
Box 1, Folder 10

Alchemist (The) by Ben Jonson - playscript. no date.

Box 6, Folder 1

As We Forgive Our Debtors by Tillman Breiseth - playscript. no date.

Box 1, Folder 3

Beggar's Holiday (The) - playscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 1

Bite the Dust by Leland Reno - playscript. no date.

General note

With theatre program.
Box 1, Folder 4

Bound East for Cardiff a play in one act by Eugene O'Neill. no date.

Box 2, Folder 2

Charley's Aunt a play in three acts by Brandon Thomas. no date.

General note

With stage plans.
Box 1, Folder 5

Chekov one acts. no date.

General note

The Bear, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, The Tragedian, and the Wedding.
Box 2, Folder 3

Coop (The) by Ralph S. Arzoomanian - playscript. no date.

General note

With note from Ann to Severn.
Box 4, Folder 6

Creatures of Impulse by W.S. Gilbert - playscript. 1938 Aug.

Box 12, Folder 1

Cyrano de Bergerac - script and production material. no date.

Box 2, Folder 4

Darling, I'm Yours by Fred and Elaine Shevin - playscript. no date.

Box 12, Folder 2

Denny Malone by Harold Taub (folder 1 of 2) - annotated playscripts and programs. no date.

General note

Two copies of each.
Box 12, Folder 3

Denny Malone by Harold Taub (folder 2 of 2) - annotated playscript and music. no date.

Box 4, Folder 7

Divine Comedy by Owen Dodson - playscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 5

Doctor In Spite of Himself (The) by Moli?re - playscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 6

Electra by Hugo Von Hofmannstahl - playscript. no date.

Box 6, Folder 2

Especially for You - playscript. 1940 Mar.

General note

With theater playbill.
Box 4, Folder 1

Eve of St. Mark (The) by Maxwell Anderson. no date.

General note

Script material, theater programs, and what appears to production notes.
Box 1, Folder 7

Excursion by Victor Wolfson - playscript. 1937 Sep.

Box 1, Folder 6

Four Comedies by Chekhov. no date.

General note

The Bear, On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, The Tragedian, and the Wedding.
Box 2, Folder 8

Geep (The) by Vincent Longhi - playscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 9

God Wants What Men Want by Arthur Sainer - playscript. no date.

Box 3, Folder 1

Green Bird (The) by Carlo Gozzi - playscript. no date.

Box 3, Folder 2

Guest in 701 (The) by James M. Cain - playscript. c. 1956.

Box 1, Folder 8

He and She by Ken Englund - playscript. 1948 Oct.

Box 12, Folder 4

Insect Comedy (The) adapted by Owen Davis - playscript. no date.

General note

With program and set plan
Box 5, Folder 1

It Can't Happen Here a play by John C. Moffit and Sinclair Lewis. 1936 Sep.

Box 3

It's a Small World by Jeremy Gury and William H. Schneider - playscript. no date.

Box 3, Folder 4

Joan of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson - playscript. no date.

General note

With stage plans.
Box 6, Folder 3

Johnny Johnson - playscript. no date.

Box 4, Folder 10

Lace On Her Petticoat by Aimee Stuart - playscript. no date.

Box 5, Folder 3

Liars (The) a comedy in caricature in two parts by Walter Beakel. no date.

Box 5, Folder 5

Margin for Error. no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Special Script for Mulroney.
Box 5, Folder 6

Margin for Error (script 2). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Special Script 2. Cover annotated consul.
Box 5, Folder 7

Margin for Error (script 3). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Script 3. Title page annotated Aidan.
Box 5, Folder 8

Margin for Error (script 4). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Script 4. Cover annotated Cecilia J. Steinegat and Otto Horst.
Box 5, Folder 9

Margin for Error (script 5). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Script 5. Cover annotated Toni Brown.
Box 5, Folder 10

Margin for Error (script 6). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Script 6. Cover annotated Denny; title page annotated Denny, Munro Brown.
Box 5, Folder 11

Margin for Error (script 7). no date.

General note

Binder titled: Margin of Error Script 7. Cover annotated Doctor Jennings.
Box 1, Folder 9

Meet the Girls - master copy and spare copy playscripts. 1941 Mar.

General note

Master copy annotated. With theatre programs.
Box 5, Folder 12

Merry Widow Act I - playscript. no date.

Box 11, Folder 13

Merry Widow Revue - American Guild and Variety Artists. 1951 July.

General note

AGVA letters and weekly booking reports.
Box 13, Folder 3

Merry Widow Revue - American Guild of Variety Artists signed contracts. 1951 June.

Box 13, Folder 11

Merry Widow Revue - Battista agreement. 1951 May, June.

Box 13, Folder 7

Merry Widow Revue - charges for production (paid by Jess Kimmel). 1951 June-July, September.

Box 13, Folder 10

Merry Widow Revue - Colonial Trust Company banking records. 1951.

Box 14, Folder 5

Merry Widow Revue - Conducting Business Certificate and correspondence. 1951 June.

Box 13, Folder 7

Merry Widow Revue - contracts. 1951 May-June.

Box 13, Folder 4

Merry Widow Revue - Desert Inn correspondence. 1951-1952.

Box 14, Folder 15

Merry Widow Revue - employee records. 1951.

Box 13, Folder 9

Merry Widow Revue - Employee Withholding Exemption Certificates. 1951 June.

Box 14, Folder 8

Merry Widow Revue - financial documents. 1951, 1952.

Box 13, Folder 2

Merry Widow Revue - Insurance Tax forms and numbers. 1951 June, Aug.

Box 13, Folder 1

Merry Widow Revue - Jack Vaughn correspondence. 1951 June-July.

Box 14, Folder 6

Merry Widow Revue - Local 802 Claim vs. Jess Kimmel. ca. 1951.

General note

American Federation of Musicians and Shirley Davis.
Box 13, Folder 13

Merry Widow Revue - Madame Berthe Eaves Costume rental payments. 1951 June-July.

Box 13, Folder 6

Merry Widow Revue - New York Workmen's Compensation Board documents. 1951 Oct.

Box 13, Folder 12

Merry Widow Revue - paid vouchers. 1951 June.

Box 14, Folder 4

Merry Widow Revue - Payroll book. 1951 June 18 - July 9 1951.

Box 14, Folder 7

Merry Widow Revue - publicity and lyrics. no date.

General note

Appears to be related to Wilbur Clarks Desert Inn in Las Vegas.
Box 11, Folder 12

Merry Widow Revue - Terms for [MFT] on the Road. ca. 1950s.

Box 14, Folder 3

Merry Widow Revue - Unemployment Insurance Claims. 1951-1952.

Box 13, Folder 14

Merry Widow Revue - Vaughan paid vouchers. 1951 June.

Box 3, Folder 5

No Room for Peter Pan by Harold Jaediker Taub - playscript. no date.

Box 3, Folder 6

Office (The) by Maria Irene Fornes - playscript. 1965 Sep.

Box 5, Folder 13

On the Town by Betty Comden and Adolph Green - playscript. no date.

Box 5, Folder 14

Orpheus Descending (a play) by Tennessee Williams. no date.

Box 3, Folder 7

Over Twenty-One by Ruth Gordon - playscript. 1944 Jan.

Box 6, Folder 5

Plain and Fancy by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman - playscript. no date.

Box 1, Folder 2

Playlets and songs. no date.

Box 4, Folder 5

Servant of Two Masters (The) by Carlo Goldoni - playscript. no date.

Box 3, Folder 9

Shoot the Barzoot - playscript. no date.

General note

With note from Jay Smith to Severn.
Box 6, Folder 4

Shrike (The) by Peter Andress - playscript. c. 1950.

Box 6, Folder 6

Song of Our City. no date.

General note

Annotated script, what appears to be production and costume information and facsimiles of costume design sketches. Presented by Detroit Automotive Golden Jubilee.
Box 3, Folder 8

Strange Bedfellows by Florence Ryerson and Colin Clements - playscript. no date.

Box 4, Folder 9

Three-Penny Opera by Berthold Brect - playscript. no date.

Box 4, Folder 8

Touch and Go (sketches and lyrics by Jean and Walter Kerr) - playscript. no date.

Box 2, Folder 7

Unknown Warrior (The) by Paul Raynal - playscript. no date.

Box 4, Folder 2

Volpone - playscript (2 copies). no date.

Box 6, Folder 7

Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets - playscript. no date.

General note

Cover annotated stage manager's script.
Box 4, Folder 3

Where's Charley? A musical comedy in two acts by George Abbott. no date.

Box 4, Folder 4

Zelda a new comedy by Richard Caroll and Howard Rigsby - playscript. no date.

 

Unidentified Projects. (1923-1956)

Physical Description: Boxes 5-7, 10-15

Scope and Content Note

The Unidentified Projects series consists of what appears to be sketches, sketch ideas, and script material for productions in which Kimmel may have been involved in some capacity. It is unclear if any of the material was produced or which medium the works were intended to be produced. Of note are the script and production materials for the project, The Independence Homecoming Parade. The bulk of the materials were originally found in unlabeled loose binders. The series has no specific arrangement.
Box 10, Folder 17

Act II - III. no date.

General note

Carbon copies of typescript pages. Folder labeled Act II - III Carbon 3.
Box 7, Folder 10

Adapted from Duffy's by Sylvia Dowling. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Nine individual sketches/scripts that appear to adapted from Duffy's Tavern. Appears to be radio format
Box 7, Folder 11

Adapted from Fred Allens Texaco Star Theatre. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be seven sketches/stories adapted from Fred Allen's Texaco Star Theatre.
Box 7, Folder 8

American Playbill - The Story of Fanny Kemble script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be radio format.
Box 15, Folder 1

Beauty Palace scene 3. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 10, Folder 18

Billyboy by William Wood - script. no date.

General note

Appears to be film or TV format.
Box 7, Folder 16

Burlesque of Radio Program #3 - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. For Entertainment of the Armed Forces Overseas.
Box 11, Folder 1

Costumes - Reading, Pennsylvania. 1948.

General note

Facsimiles of costume sketches.
Box 15, Folder 2

Double for Trouble (A) - script material. 1926 Apr 23.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 7, Folder 18

Dynamo Dan The Invincible. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format and part of entertainment for Armed Forces overseas.
Box 7, Folder 2

Ernie Pyle Broadcast. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Typescript manuscript pages. May be related to Armed Forces broadcasts.
Box 7, Folder 17

Eskimo Girl. no date.

General note

Found in unlabeled binder 1. May be part of entertainment for Armed Forces overseas.
Box 7, Folder 5

Glory Machine (The) - script pages. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be radio-like format.
Box 6, Folder 9

Green Pastures by George Hackathorne - story. no date.

General note

Typed manuscript.
Box 15, Folder 3

Horse and Buggy Days - horse scene. 1939 Dec 3.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 7, Folder 29

In the Fog - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format.
Box 11, Folder 8

Independence Homecoming Celebration - 75th Annual Philadelphia Music Festival souvenir magazine. 1951 June 15.

Box 11, Folder 9

Independence Homecoming Celebration - American Heritage Foundation Independence Homecoming Campaign. 1951.

General note

Advertising Council Facts Sheet.
Box 12, Folder 6

Independence Homecoming Celebration - Declaration of Independence leaflets. 1951 July 2.

General note

3 copies.
Box 11, Folder 7

Independence Homecoming Celebration - Independence Hall. no date.

General note

7 booklet publications.
Box 14, Folder 2

Independence Homecoming Celebration - newspaper clippings. 1951 June-July.

Box 12, Folder 8

Independence Homecoming Celebration - Our American Heritage documents of freedom publication. c. 1947.

Box 11, Folder 10

Independence Homecoming Celebration - planning documents. 1951 May-June.

Box 11, Folder 11

Independence Homecoming Celebration - planning documents. 1951 July.

Box 12, Folder 7

Independence Homecoming Celebration- planning documents. 1951.

Box 11, Folder 2

Invitation to a Happening by Gloria Goldsmith - script. no date.

Box 14, Folder 9

Jack Whitney, Roudenko. 1951.

General note

Eugene Douvan v. Jess Kimmel documents. May be related to the Merry Widow Revue.
Box 7, Folder 27

Killer Pleads Guilty (The) revised by Stephen Draper - playscript material. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 11, Folder 3

Last Party (The) by Jesse Lasky Jr. and Barney Slater. no date.

Box 15, Folder 16

Letter to Kimmel from Freda Larsen. 1956 Mar 7.

Box 5, Folder 4

Lighthouse Keepers (The). no date.

General note

Appears to be script pages for scenes. (3 copies)
Box 7, Folder 32

Lincoln Day Program by Private Sam Locke - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format and part of entertainment for Armed Forces overseas.
Box 7, Folder 34

Little Johnny Appleseed by Bernard C. Schoenfeld - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format.
Box 6, Folder 10

Little Minister Speaks (The)by George Hackathorne - article. no date.

General note

Typed manuscript.
Box 7, Folder 1

Lyric sheets. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2.
Box 11, Folder 4

Man from M.E.D.I.C.I. (The) by George Marton and Theodore J. Flicker - story. no date.

General note

Maybe a story outline.
Box 7, Folder 26

Moon Murders (The) revised by Stephen Draper - script material. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1.
Box 15, Folder 7

Motor Cycle scene. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 7, Folder 13

Mr. District Attorney - scripts. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Production note and six scripts which do not appear to have been part of broadcast. The script appears to be in radio format.
Box 11, Folder 5

Music. no date.

General note

Facsimile copies for Pioneer City, Detroit is My Hometown, and Ames on the Land.
Box 15, Folder 4

Pollingbooth scene. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 13, Folder 5

Programs for small theaters. 1940-1941.

General note

With Grossinger Tattler's newsletters, Pinebrook Lodge (Theater)and Chester's veri Little Theatre among others.
Box 7, Folder 30

Radio Primer - script pages. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format.
Box 7, Folder 14

Special Service Division of the War Department (The) presents Who Done It?. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be restricted for Army use only.
Box 7, Folder 25

Tell Tale Heart (The) revised by Stephen Draper - script material. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Based on story by Edgar Allen Poe.
Box 7, Folder 6

Time for Eternity. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be radio-like format.
Box 15, Folder 5

Tin-Can Tourists (The) scene. c. 1923.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 11, Folder 6

Tribute to the Entertainment World - outline for program. no date.

General note

Special events by the Special Services Division, Army Service Forces.
Box 15, Folder 6

Two for Tonight scene. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 10, Folder 11

Untitled script. no date.

General note

Could be Henry the Fifth Act 5, Scene 2 script.
Box 7, Folder 4

Untitled script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be Philomel College in radio-like format.
Box 7, Folder 7

Untitled script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 2. Appears to be radio format.
Box 7, Folder 19

Untitled script pages. no date.

General note

Found in unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be for Armed Forces.
Box 6, Folder 12

Untitled story. no date.

Box 15, Folder 10

Vanguard Audition program. 1939 Sep.

General note

Appears to be a run down.
Box 15, Folder 8

Village School (The) - script material. 1929 Nov 19.

General note

From unlabeled binder 5.
Box 7, Folder 31

We Hold These Truths by Private Sam Locke - script. no date.

General note

From unlabeled binder 1. Appears to be radio format and part of entertainment for Armed Forces overseas.
Box 15, Folder 9

Wine scene. no date.

 

Printed Materials. (ca. 1915-ca. 1960; bulk ca. 1920s-ca. 1930s)

Physical Description: Boxes 7, 14, 20-21

Scope and Content Note

The Printed Materials series consists of a small number of published plays and sketches and magazine publications. The series is arranged alphabetically by publication titles.
Box 21

After Dark by Ronald Jeans - sketches. c. 1934.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 98.
Box 21

Bright Intervals by Ronald Jeans - sketches. c. 1927.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1631
Box 20, Folder 17

Cinema Educational Guild Anti-Communism member recruitment form letter (propaganda). 1954 May.

Box 21, Folder 4

Gillette's Original Community Sing Over CBS Every Sunday Evening - song book. c. 1937.

Box 21, Folder 1

Golden Room (The) by Lord Dunsany - sketch. c. 1914.

Box 20, Folder 20

Harold's Club For Fun - publicity booklet. c. 1960.

Box 21

He Dines Alone And Other Sketches by Harold Simpson. c. 1931.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1304.
Box 20, Folder 18

Los Angeles local theater programs. 1950, 1958, no date.

Box 21

Make Weights: Eleven Sketches For Revue. c. 1934.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1606.
Box 20, Folder 21

Modern Make-Up By Stein - theatrical makeup booklet. c. 1936.

Box 7, Folder 35

Murder of Lidice (poem) tear-out. no date.

Box 21, Folder 5

Musical Instrument Instruction booklets. 1942, 1943.

Box 14, Folder 13

New Theatre magazine. 1936 Oct.

Box 21

Nine O'Clock Revue Book (The) by Harold Simpson and Morris Harvey - sketches. c. 1924.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1746.
Box 21, Folder 2

Parted On Her Wedding Morn: An Old-Fashioned Meller-Drammer In One Act by Leland Price - sketch. c. 1942.

Box 20, Folder 15

Red Treason on Broadway by Myron C. Fagan - book. 1954 Jan.

Box 21

Rescued From Revue by John Hastings Turner - sketches. c. 1924.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 257.
Box 21, Folder 3

Rosalie: A Comedy In One Act by Mark Maurey - sketch. c. 1915.

Box 20, Folder 19

S.M.C. Talent '49 Who's Who - directory. 1949.

Box 21

Silent Prompter And Other Sketches (The) by Fred Rome. c. 1928.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1678.
Box 21

Spread It Abroad by Herbert Farjeon - sketches. c. 1936.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 7.
Box 21

Stage Is Waiting (The) by Ronald Jeans - sketches. c. 1931.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 206.
Box 20, Folder 16

Stage Manager's Club Presents Talent '50 - program. ca. 1950.

Box 21

Sundry Sketches by Ronald Jean. c. 1924.

General note

French's Acting Edition No. 1317.
Box 14, Folder 12

TAC magazine (Vol. 1 No. 1). 1938 July.