Finding Aid for the Charles Wagenheim Scripts PASC.0312

Finding aid prepared by Courtney Dean, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 9.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Charles Wagenheim scripts
Creator: Wagenheim, Charles, 1896-1979
Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0312
Physical Description: 5.25 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1959-1979
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Wagenheim scripts (Collection PASC 312). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing Information

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6112459 

Administrative/Biographical History

Charles Wagenheim was born February 21, 1896 in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1923. During his acting career he was involved in numerous Broadway, television, and motion pictures projects. Among his many television series credits are Bonanza, The big valley, The Doris Day show, Gunsmoke, and Wild wild West among others. He also appeared in numerous made for TV movies including, Frankenstein, part of Wide World Mysteries anthologies and McNaughton's daughter, among others. His motion picture credits include Samson and Delilah, A streetcar named Desire, The diary of Anne Frank, Hail Hero!, and The baby maker, among others. Wagenheim died March 6, 1979 in West Hollywood, California as a result of foul play.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of script material related to the acting career of Charles Wagenheim. Included are scripts for a variety of television and motion picture projects produced between the 1950s and 1970s. The bulk of the collection includes over thirty scripts for the television series Gunsmoke in which Wagenheim had a recurring role as the character Halligan from 1967-1975. Additional television series scripts include writings for Bonanza, The big valley, The Doris Day show, The lawless years show, The life and legend of Wyatt Earp, This is the life and Wild wild West, among other programs. The made-for-TV movies include script material for Frankenstein (part of Wide World Mysteries anthologies), End of the line (released as A cry for help), and McNaughton's daughter, among other projects. Notably absent from the collection are scripts representing his stage work and his motion picture related work, except for films The baby maker and Hail hero. Additionally, there is a very small amount of production information found within selected scripts.


This collection has been arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Made for TV movies
  • Series 2: Motion pictures
  • Series 3: Television series