Douglas Benton papers, 1941-1996 (bulk 1950-1996)

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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

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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.

Biography

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

Container List

 

Biographical and Personal.

Box 1

Benton Resumes. no dates.

Box 25

Benton's Northwestern University Masters degree diploma. 1950.

Box 1

Benton's University of New Mexico Bachelor of Arts diploma. 1948.

Box 6

Holographic Notes. no dates.

Box 22

Personal letters to Benton. ca. 1975.

Box 22

TV Producer Benton Says Censors Strangling Shows - article clipping. 1972 Sept 30.

Additional Note

From the Columbia Record Entertainment Week publication.
 

Television Projects.

Box 24

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 1979-1980 Entry Cards Emmy Awards. 1977-1980.

Box 5

Memo and Budgets. 1987.

Additional Note

Appears to be for In Search of Eden and Immortal Outcast.
Box 1

Blacke's Magic - script. 1985 Sept 30.

Box 8

Caper - script. no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Dead President, Rare Coin Heist, and Rare Coin Score.
Box 1

Cimarron Strip (Greece) (2 folders). 1987-1989.

Box 1

Columbo - Any Old Port in a Storm script. 1973 Mar 12.

Box 1

Columbo - Any Old Port in a Storm script and shooting schedule. 1973 Mar 2.

Box 1

Columbo - Beauty is as Beauty Dies script and promotional billboard document. 1973 Mar 8.

Box 1

Columbo - Candidate for Murder script and memo. 1973 Feb 7.

Box 1

Columbo - Emmy Award program and well wishes. 1974.

Box 1

Columbo - Mind Over Mayhem script. 1973 Jan 24.

Box 28

Columbo - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The) Nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. 1973-1974.

Box 6

Correspondence to and from Benton. 1969-1973.

Box 6

Cry for Help (A) - production information. ca. 1978.

Box 5

Cry for Help (A) - script and production information. 1978.

Box 1

Dr. Kildare - staff list and schedule. 1961-1966.

Box 11

Drill (The) - script. no dates.

Box 1

Enos - master plot. no dates.

Box 4

Foxfire - script. 1984 Nov and Dec.

Box 6

Gauguin the Savage - production information (fka In Search of Eden). ca. 1979.

Additional Note

See also: In Search of Eden.
Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - character faces memo. 1966 May 18.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Carpathian Affair (The) script. 1966 Nov 23.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Danish Blue Affair (The) script. 1966 July 7.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Faustus Affair (The) script. 1966 Aug 16.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Lethal Eagle Affair (The) script. 1966 Aug 3.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Misused Magic Affair (The) script. 1966 Aug 3.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Season 1966-1967 reader's report. 1966-1967.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Atlantis Affair (The) script. 1966 Jan 13.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Furnace Flats Affair (The)script. 1966 Aug 10.

Box 2

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - Little John Doe s Affair (The) script. 1966 Aug 15.

Box 1

Girl from U.N.C.L.E. and Man from U.N.C.L.E. - schedules. 1966-1967.

Box 2

Hec Ramsey - Blood Money script. 1972 July 17.

Additional Note

Binder labeled Karl Turner
Box 2

Hec Ramsey - Dixie Comin' Through script. 1972 Aug 16.

Box 3

Hec Ramsey - Fly Paper script. 1972 May 23.

Additional Note

Binder labeled Girard and Lane
Box 2

Hec Ramsey - Green Feather (The) script. 1972 July 11.

Box 2

Hec Ramsey - Guerrilleros (The) script. 1972 July 21.

Additional Note

Binder labeled Jim Byrnes
Box 3

Hec Ramsey - Last Battle (The) script. 1972 June 14.

Box 2

Hec Ramsey - Yellow Rose (The) script. 1972 Aug 22.

Box 4

Howling in the Woods (A) - 2 scripts. 1969 and 1970.

Box 5

In Our Hands - script and production information. 1981.

Box 23

In Search of Eden - production information. 1978.

Additional Note

See also: Gauguin the Savage.
Box 5

Inside the KKK (Freedom Fighters) - script and production information. 1978.

Box 3

Ironside - Come In, Come In, Whoever You Are script. no dates.

Box 9

Ironside - Connoisseur of Crime (Old Contract Plus Story Ideas). ca. 1972.

Box 3

Ironside - master television plot. ca. 1970.

Box 27

Ironside - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The) Nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Series. 1968-1969.

Box 27

Ironside - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The) Nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Series. 1969-1970.

Box 27

Ironside - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The) Nomination for Outstanding Series - Drama. 1970-1971.

Box 3

Ironside - production information (from binder labeled Ironside 1968). 1968-1969.

Box 3

Ironside - schedule and cast sheets. 1969-1971.

Box 3

Jake and the Fatman - Lady in Red (The) script. 1989 July 14.

Box 3

Jake and the Fatman - My Heart Belongs to Daddy. 1990 Mar 15.

Box 3

Jake and the Fatman - Untitled script (2 items) and Killing Me Softly story outline. 1989 July 14.

Box 25

Last Cry for Help - Film Advisory Board award. 1979.

Box 25

MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving - American Women in Radio and Television award. 1983.

Box 28

Magnum P.I. - Acdemy of Television Arts and Sciences Nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. 1983-1984.

Box 3

Magnum P.I. - production information. 1980-1983.

Box 5

Mother Against Drunk Driving: The Candy Lightner Story - revised script. 1982 Nov 1.

Box 26

Mounted publication covers and photograph. 1979 and 1980.

Box 28

Murder She Wrote - Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. 1985.

Box 5

Name of the Game - revised promo. 1968 Feb 19 and 23.

Box 24

Photographs and Slides (15 items). 1962, 1966, 1973, and 1981.

Additional Note

Douglas Benton (alone and with others); Eddie Andrews, Richard Boone, Karen Bresler, and Joseph Naar.
Box 24

Police Woman - plaque. no dates.

Box 3

Policewoman - Battered Teachers script. 1977 Nov 23.

Box 3

Policewoman - staff and crew list. 1975 and 1977.

Box 3

Policewoman - Sweet Kathleen script. 1977 Dec 23.

Box 4

Policewoman - Task Force Cop Killer script. 1975 Dec 21.

Box 4

Policewoman - Trick Book (The) (part I) script. 1976 May 28.

Box 7

Presentations. 1960-1962.

Additional Note

Have You Met Miss Jones, White Walls, Sweet Are the Uses of Perversity among others.
Box 5

Punch and Jody - revised script. 1974 Feb 12.

Box 7

Quicksilver - Slay it Again, Sam script. 1984 Oct 8.

Box 7

Reckoning - presentation. 1966-1967.

Box 7

Shake and Baker-script and budget. March 1987.

Box 7

SKAG production information. 1979 Aug 1.

Box 4

Thriller-Fangoria article regarding Douglas Benton. 1996 Aug.

Box 4

Thriller and Fangoria magazine and article. 1996-1997.

Box 7

Transplant-script. 1978 Nov 10.

Box 7

Transplant -production budget. no dates.

Box 4

Wide Country-cast sheets. 1961-1963.

Box 4

Wide Country-My Candle Burns at Both Ends script. 1962 Oct 30.

Box 4

Wide Country-Patrol (The) script. 1962 Aug 2.

Box 4

Wide Country-The Story of the Patrol story idea. no dates.

 

Blackjack Productions.

Box 22

Blackjack Productions Inc. corporate records. 1978.

Additional Note

Article of incorporation Bylaws, certificate, and other documents.
Box 22

Doug Benton, Blackjack Production, Warner Brothers memo. 1979 Nov 5.

Box 22

Joyce Ottum - See the Kid Run correspondence. 1988.

Box 22

Network series development. 1986 Mar 31.

Box 22

Production Status Report. 1989 Feb 9.

Box 6

Status Reports for Blackjack Productions. 1981.

Box 22

Terminated Defined Benefit Pension Plan. 1988 Sept 2.

Box 24

William Morris Agency contract (Clause 9). 1977-1987.

Box 24

William Morris Agency Contracts. 1980 and 1983.

Box 22

William Morris Agency submissions. 1980.

 

Projects in Development.

Box 6

All Gods and Goddesses (O'Brien) - outline and 2 screenplays. no dates.

Box 9

All the Gods and Goddesses - scripts. 1968 June 28.

Box 9

All the Gods and Goddesses - scripts. no dates.

Box 9

All the Gods and Goddesses - scripts. no dates.

Box 6

Apache Flats - 3 treatments. 1980 March and June.

Box 9

Apache Flats - treatment. 1978 and 1980.

Box 6

Big Hitch - 3 reader's reports. 1980 July 11.

Box 8

Black Jack and the Bandit - script. ca. 1985.

Box 8

Black Jack and the Bandit - script. 1979 July 8.

Box 9

Bravos (The) - presentation (2 copies). no dates.

Box 9

Buddy Holly Story - script. 1973 Jan 30.

Box 24

Camera 50 - correspondence. 1989 Mar 1.

Box 9

Catch Me; Kill Me - script. ca. 1981.

Box 10

Comanche Keller - presentation for television series. no dates.

Box 6

Comanche Keller (J. Gillis)- 5 presentations, outline and correspondence. 1981-1982.

Box 10

Condemned to Life - story idea. no dates.

Box 24

Correspondence. 1968-1999.

Box 6

Coward! (Janet Meyers) treatment. 1980 Sept 22.

Box 21

Day Late (A) - script and Carolyn Doty notes. 1980-1981.

Box 21

Day Late (A) - scripts and what appears to be suggested changes. 1980-1981.

Additional Note

4 scripts
Box 8

Dead President - 2 scripts. no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Rare Coin Score, Rare Coin Heist, and Caper.
Box 8

Dead President - annotated script. no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Rare Coin Score, Rare Coin Heist, and Caper.
Box 10

Dead Presidents - script. no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Rare Coin Score, Rare Coin Heist, and Caper.
Box 10

Debut and Finale - project feedback. 1995 Jan 27.

Box 24

Directors Guild 1981 DGA Basic Agreement. 1981.

Box 24

Douglas Benton - Barry Perelman Contract. 1989 Mar 1.

Box 6

Farmer's Hotel (The) - annotated script. no dates.

Box 10

Farmer's Hotel (The) - script. no dates.

Box 6

Farmer's Hotel (The) - script. no dates.

Box 6

Fred C. Dobbs Project (Feigelson/ Benton). no dates.

Box 10

Have you Met Miss Jones? - presentation. 1981 Dec 1.

Box 6

Have You Seen Miss Jones? (Dan Benton)- 4 outlines. 1981.

Box 24

Helix Pictures Inc. - projects and resumes. no dates.

Box 10

Helldorado - concept. 1971 July 30.

Box 10

Hollywood Six - concept. 1981.

Additional Note

See also: The Junkyard.
Box 24

Holographic notes. no dates.

Box 6

Homicide Team: Female Style (Bill Davidson)- treatment. 1981.

Box 12

In This Our Life - script. 1941 Oct 3.

Additional Note

See also: The Serpent's Tooth.
Box 10

Ivy League (The) - presentation. 1980 June 25.

Box 6

Ivy League (The) presentation for television series. 1980 June 25.

Box 6

Jim Fitzpatrick article. 1981 Aug 14.

Box 10

Junkyard (The) - script. ca. 1981.

Additional Note

See also: Hollywood Six.
Box 10

Limousine - story idea. no dates.

Box 22

Looking for Ginger North reader's report. 1980 Mar 25.

Box 23

Madeleine Barrie M.D. - 2 outlines and a presentation. 1980.

Box 10

Me & His Highness - story idea. 1971 Nov 1.

Box 10

Napa Valley - story idea. 1980 May 9.

Box 23

Napa Valley memo. 1980 Mar 4.

Box 24

NBC - Budget Master Summary Report. 1987 Apr 9.

Box 10

Patsy Cline Story (The) - story idea. no dates.

Box 23

Production Budgets. 1979, 1981, and 1982.

Additional Note

Appear to be for SKAG, Victims, Helix, M.A.D.D, In our Hands, and
Box 22

Properties available for production listing. no dates.

Box 23

Psychic Who Helps Police clipping and photocopy. 1980 Mat 11.

Box 8

Rare Coin Heist by Douglas Benton. ca. 1972.

Additional Note

See also: Dead President, Rare Coin Score, and Caper.
Box 23

Rare Coin Score (The) - 2 reader's reports. 1968 Oct 3.

Additional Note

See also: Dead President, Rare Coin Heist, and Caper
Box 8

Rare Coin Score (The) - reader's report and memo from Barbara Schultz. no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Dead President, Rare Coin Heist, and Caper
Box 11

Razor Cut - screenplay. 1981.

Box 11

Razor Cut - screenplay (2 items - 1 annotated). 1981 Nov 23.

Box 11

Razor Cut - screenplay and script pages (2 folders). 1981.

Box 24

Research. 1969-1980.

Box 22

Resumes. no dates.

Additional Note

Talent and production resumes.
Box 22

Rolling Stone - concept. 1964 June 3.

Box 13

S.U.R.F. - 3 scripts and presentation. no dates.

Box 12

Salem's Lot - Preliminary casting suggestions. 1980 Feb 4.

Box 12

Salems Lot -2 series storylines. no dates.

Additional Note

By Daniel Benton
Box 23

Scarecrow (G. M. White) - conversation and 2 scripts. 1972 and 1982.

Box 23

Scrolls of Socrates (The) - script. no dates.

Box 12

Serpent's Tooth - screenplay (3 folders). ca. 1941.

Additional Note

See also: In This Our Life.
Box 12

Slasher - script. 1981.

Box 12

Smart Money - presentation. no dates.

Box 23

Smart Money (R. Van Scoyk) treatment. no dates.

Box 23

Strange Dimensions (J. D. Feigelson) - memo and proposal. ca. 1980.

Box 12

Studs Brannigan - presentation and Barton/ Kurzfeld comments. ca. 1980.

Box 23

Studs Brannigan (Benton/ Gillis) top sheet. 1980 Dec 29.

Box 13

To Die at Happy End - script and 3 photographs. ca. 1972.

Box 22

Unidentified script pages. no dates.

Additional Note

Unspecified.
Box 24

Unidentified story clues. no dates.

Box 22

Universal City Studios reader's reports. 1966, 1970, and 1972.

Box 9

Untitled script pages. no date.

Additional Note

May be for project in development.
Box 13

Verdict Is (The) - presentation. 1975 June 23.

Box 12

Winter and Spring of Madeleine Barry M.D. (The) - 3 scripts. 1978 June 12.

 

Projects in Development.

 

Submissions to Benton.

Box 13

A-B. 1970s-1990s.

Box 14

C-D. 1970s-1990s.

Box 15

E-F. 1970s-1990s.

Box 16

G-I. 1970s-1990s.

Box 17

I, K-M. 1970s-1990s.

Box 18

M, P, R, S. 1970s-1990s.

Box 19

S. 1970s-1990s.

Box 20

T, V, W and Untitled. 1970s-1990s.

Box 22

Correspondence from Benton. 1980-1982.

Additional Note

May be related to submissions
Box 6

Doug Benton Correspondence. 1980-1982.

Box 14

Dragon Lady by Daniel Benton. no dates.

Box 22

Flight of the North Star - script. no dates.

Box 22

Healing of Lia synopsis. 1981 Apr 23.

Box 21

Mackerel Plaza (The) by Peter De Vries (photocopy of publication). 1957-1958.

Box 7

Rare Coin Score (The) - by Richard Stark (photocopy of publication). no dates.

Additional Note

See also: Dead President and Caper.
Box 22

Scorpio script. no dates.

Box 22

Stepping - reader's report and review. no dates.

Box 6

Submission Correspondence from Benton. 1980-1982.

Box 21

Traveling Man (The) by John Reese. 1968.

Box 21

Twilight Zone - 2 scripts. no dates.

Box 21

Virgil (The) by R.C. Reynolds - gallery proof. ca. 1985.