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Finding Aid for the Jack Webb Collection of Scripts for Radio and Television, 1949-1975
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Collection consists of scripts related to the career of Jack Webb. Contains various radio and television scripts written, directed, produced, or performed by Webb. Includes "Dragnet" (radio, June 1949-Sept. 1955), "Dragnet" (television, Dec. 1951-Aug. 1959), "The D.A.'s Man" (television, Jan.-July 1959), "Noah's Ark" (television, Sept. 1956-Mar. 1957), "Pat Novak For Hire" (radio, Feb.-June 1949), "The Jack Webb Show" (radio, Mar.-July 1947), "Pete Kelley's Blues" (television, Apr.-July 1959), "77 Sunset Strip" (television, July 1963), "Jack Webb's True" (television, 1961, 1962), and various movies made for television from the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. Some scripts also include stills and production information. Scripts by various writers including, Frank Burt, Richard Breen, James E. Moser, and John Robinson. Finding aid includes alphabetical and chronological list of programs and writer name index.
Webb was born in Santa Monica, CA, Apr. 2, 1920; joined the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet (1943) and served as master of ceremonies for two USO variety shows; began his career for ABC's station KGO where he did an early morning show, "The Coffee Club," and went on to play the lead in "Pat Novak For Hire"; he was heard in a variety of radio programs and was involved in motion pictures such as "The Men," "Pete Kelley's Blues," "And He Walks By Night"; during the filming of "He Walks By Night," Webb got the idea for "Dragnet"; "Dragnet" made its debut on radio as a summer replacement on June 3, 1949; Webb, who directed, also played the role of Sergeant Joe Friday; within two years it was one of radio's most popular shows; the television version debuted Jan. 3, 1952 and ran from 1952-59 and 1967-70; he produced other television dramas including "Adam-12" and "Emergency"; he died in Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 23, 1982.
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