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Douglas Benton papers, 1941-1996 (bulk 1950-1996)
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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Douglas Benton papers
    Collection number: 2216
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.8 linear ft. (28 boxes and 4 flat boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1950-1996
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1996 (bulk 1950-1996)
    Abstract: Douglas Benton was a television writer, director, and producer who was best known his work in detective show genres. The collection consists of script material and production information and material documenting his production company, Blackjack Productions.
    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: Benton, Douglas

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Jacqueline Benton, 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Doublas Benton Papers (Collection 2216). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Douglas Carleton Benton II was born on September 24, 1925 in Hollis, Oklahoma and spent most of his childhood in West Texas. Benton earned a B.A. at the University of New Mexico (1948) and a Master of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University (1950). He began his career making documentary films for General Electric and was later placed in charge of the series General Electric Theater in Hollywood, CA. From there he went on to write and produce television series for Universal, MGM, and other studios. Benton's credits include Dr. Kildare (1961-1966), Hec Ramsey (1972-1974), Columbo, Police Woman, (1974-1978), and Magnum, P.I. (early-1980s), among others. He produced and directed several movies for television, among them A Holwing in the Woods, Undercover with the Ku Klux Klan, and MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Nominated a number of times for an Emmy, Benton earned the award in 1974 for his work on the series, Columbo. Benton died in November 2000.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of television writer, director, and producer Douglas Benton. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts and treatments for television projects. Produced television projects represented include Dr. Kildare, Columbo, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hec Ramsey, and Policewoman, among others. Additionally, there is a small amount of production information, material related to Blackjack Productions, Benton's production company, a small amount of correspondence, both business and personal, script submissions, and a very small number of photographs.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical and Personal information
    2. Television Projects
    3. Black Jack Productions
    4. Projects in Development
    5. Submissions to Benton

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7407396 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Benton, Douglas--Archives
    Television producers and directors--Archives