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Louis Pollock papers, 1939-1964
PASC 83  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
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  • Title: Louis Pollock papers
    Collection number: PASC 83
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.4 linear ft. (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1964
    Abstract: Louis Pollock was a writer for motion picture, television, and radio programs, in addition to authoring a number of short stories and articles. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Joe Madison and Louis Benart. The collection consists of script and story files, articles written for magazine publications, and a small amount of correspondence and advertising materials.
    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: Pollock, Louis

    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 David Pollock, 1989.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Louis Pollock Papers (Collection PASC 83). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Louis Pollock was born in Liverpool, England on February 16, 1904. In 1916 Pollock's family moved to the United States, where he finished high school and went on to pursue a career in writing. In 1925 Pollock began his career working as a reporter and re-write man on the staff of the Chicago City News Bureau, the American Weekly, and the Chicago Herald and Examiner. Throughout the 1930s Pollock worked in public relations, and publicized various theatrical ventures, before acquiring the position of Manager of Advertising and Publicity with Universal Studios in 1937. During his association with Universal, Pollock helped publicize actors such as Deanna Durbin and the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, in addition to arranging special promotions to advertise Universal's films. In 1943, he became the director of advertising and publicity for United Artists; however, he resigned the following year to devote all of his time to his writing career.
    Pollock worked on several radio ns2:shows, including Prudential Family Hour and Duffy's Tavern. His motion picture credits include Prison Window (Paramount, 1943), Port Said (Columbia, 1948), Suicide Attack (Classic Pictures, 1951), and The Gamma People (Columbia, 1956), among others. In addition, Pollock authored numerous short stories and articles, as well as the book, Stork Bites Man, which was later adapted for the screen, and starred Jackie Cooper (United Artists, 1947). Pollock's writing career continued to grow until 1954 when studios began to reject his scripts. It was not until five years later that he became aware that a man with a similar name, Louis Pollack, had appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and was subsequently blacklisted by Hollywood. Because Pollock had been mistaken for Pollack, his screenwriting career ultimately ceased. He was able to clear his name when the committee granted a full clearance in 1959, but he was never able to regain his earlier success. Pollock also wrote under the pseudonyms Joe Madison and Louis Benar. His television credits include The Richard Boone Show and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea . Louis Pollock died on August 23, 1964. Biography information based on information from Louis Pollock Papers, Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research .

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of radio, film and television writer Louis Pollock. Included are outlines, treatments and drafts of scripts, for various projects. Additionally included are a number of articles submitted to Modern Screen and Redbook magazines, and a small amount of correspondence and advertising material.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Script and Story Files
    2. Magazine Articles
    3. Correspondence
    4. Advertising

    Related Material

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233598 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pollock, Louis--Archives
    Radio writers--United States--Archives
    Screenwriters--United States--Archives
    Television writers--United States--Archives