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Finding Aid for the Richard Alan Wilson Papers, ca. 1945-1967
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Description
Richard Alan Wilson (1915- ) was a actor, stage manager, and assistant producer at the Mercury Theatre under Orson Welles. Wilson worked on all Welles' films and radio shows until 1948 when he began work as an associate producer on Lady from Shanghai and Macbeth. He later became a producer at Universal-International and directed movies including Man with the gun (1955), Night in Havana (1957), Al Capone (1959), Invitation to a gunfighter (1964), and Three in the attic (1968). The collection consists of general correspondence, miscellanea, U.S. government and United Nations publications, and production files for film, radio, and stage productions. The production files contain correspondence, photographs, press clippings, screenplays, shooting scripts, material on research, budget and publicity, and interviews, articles and addresses by Wilson. There is also material relating to Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater production of Macbeth.
Background
Wilson was born in 1915 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; attended Denver University; became an announcer and actor for radio in Denver and New York; in 1937, became an actor, stage manager, and assistant producer for Orson Welles at the Mercury Theatre; worked on all Welles' films and radio shows to 1948; was associate producer on Lady from Shanghai (in collaboration with William Castle), and Macbeth; became associate producer, then producer at Universal-International; directed the following films: Man with the gun (1955), Trouble-shooter (1955), The big boodle (1957), Night in Havana (1957), Raw wind in Eden (1958), Al Capone (1959), Pay or die (1960), Wall of noise (1963), Invitation to a gunfighter (1964), and Three in the attic (1968).
Extent
25 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.