Louis Pollock papers, 1939-1964

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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

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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.

Biography

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

Container List

 

Script and Story Files

Box 6

21 A.R.

Additional Note

Outline (5 pages); novel, two chapters.
Box 1

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Additional Note

Breakdown, first draft of teleplay.
Box 1

American Mother

Additional Note

Story (12 pages).
Box 5

An Armful of Libby

Additional Note

Also known as The Ways of Libby Dowling, Ted Loves Libby, and Ricochet. Outlines (4 pages and 11 pages).
Box 1

Angry Harvest

Additional Note

Synoptic treatment of the novel by Hermann Field and Stanislaw Mierzenski (21 pages). (Joe Madison).
Box 1

Another Buffalo Bill

Additional Note

Outline (4 pages) and opening teleplay.
Box 1

Another Way Out

Additional Note

Original screenplay (rough).
Box 1

Another Way Out

Additional Note

Outline and treatment.
Box 1

Any Wife Can Sing While the Maid is Doing the Dishes

Additional Note

Story (Louis Benart).
Box 1

Bad Boy

Additional Note

Story.
Box 1

Big He (The)

Additional Note

Original screen treatment. (Louis Benart and Bert Lawrence)
Box 1

Birth of an Aryan

Additional Note

Rough outlines (Joe Madison).
Box 1

Bone Handled Dagger

Additional Note

Also known as Wilheim. Story (8 pages).
Box 1

Boy and the Law (The)

Additional Note

Outline for TV western (rough).
Box 1

Breakdown

Additional Note

Preliminary cost estimate for motion picture version.
Box 1

Breakdown

Additional Note

Screen treatment (65 pages).
Box 2

Dakota Bride

Additional Note

Original half hour teleplay.
Box 3

Dam on the Colorado (The)

Additional Note

Screen treatment (78 pages) (Louis Benart).
Box 3

Dam on the Colorado (The)

Additional Note

Screen treatment with corrections, rough (89 pages) (Louis Benart).
Box 1

Deputy (The)

Additional Note

The Boy and the Law, outline
Box 2

DesertionFor Damn Good Cause

Additional Note

Story (9 pages).
Box 1

Dick Powells Zane Grey Theater

Additional Note

The Ambush Draw, outline (11 pages).
Box 2

Dinner for Sybil (A)

Additional Note

Original half hour teleplay.
Box 4

Dr. Kildare

Additional Note

One for Two, outline (5 pages) (Louis Benart).
Box 2

Earth Attacked!

Additional Note

Outline (17 pages).
Box 7

Face of China (The)

Additional Note

Exploitation documentary, proposal (3 pages).
Box 2

Falleth Like Gentle Death

Additional Note

Please Stand By, outline (3 pages). (Joe Madison).
Box 2

Fixer (The)

Additional Note

Biography of The Life of Billy Skidmore, outline (with Irving Yergin) (24 pages).
Box 2

Fixer (The)

Additional Note

Biography of The Life of Billy Skidmore, outline (with Irving Yergin) (34 pages).
Box 5

Fugitive (The)

Additional Note

Schizo, outline (3 pages).
Box 8

Gamma People (The)

Additional Note

Features script. Release script.
Box 2

Gamma People (The)

Additional Note

Screen treatment (59 pages).
Box 2

Gamma People (The)

Additional Note

Screenplay by Robert Aldrich based on a story by Louis Pollock.
Box 3

Group (The)

Additional Note

Also known as The Dam on the Colorado. Screenplay (46 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 3

Hark, the Cherubs!

Additional Note

One hour TV play, outline (12 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 2

Have Gun Will Travel

Additional Note

Outline (1 page).
Box 4

Hong Kong

Additional Note

Lady With Nutmeg Shaker, outline (18 pages; also includes 5 page outline version plus roughs).
Box 2

Hot Snow in Pergola

Additional Note

Synoptic outline (7 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 3

I Was Hanged

Additional Note

Screen treatment based on The Clock and the Rope (73 pages)
Box 1

I Was Hanged

Additional Note

The Clock and the Rope, screen treatment (63 pages)
Box 2

Imperfect Solution

Additional Note

Outline (29 pages) (with Dave Duncan).
Box 3

Into the Mist

Additional Note

Story (22 pages).
Box 3

Into the Mist

Additional Note

Half hour teleplay based on original Phillip Morris Playhouse radio version.
Box 3

Into the Mist

Additional Note

Half hour teleplay based on radio version, rough with corrections.
Box 3

Italian (The)

Additional Note

First draft screenplay, rough (183 pages).
Box 6

Its All in Your Mind

Additional Note

Original three-act play.
Box 3

Joan of Arkansas

Additional Note

Outline, rough (18 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 3

Lady and the Button (The)

Additional Note

Original comedy romance for radio (radio script) (22 pages).
Box 2

Laramie

Additional Note

Guest of Honor, outlines (2 pages and 13 pages).
Box 1

Lassie

Additional Note

The Clock outline (3 pages).
Box 4

Latigo Randy

Additional Note

Screenplay based on short story by Dorothy M. Johnson (Joe Madison).
Box 4

Latigo Randy

Additional Note

Screenplay based on short story by Dorothy M. Johnson.
Box 4

Lead Kindly Male

Additional Note

Synoptic treatment of the novel, Angry Harvest, by Herman Field and Stanislaw Mierzenski (21 pages).
Box 6

Leave it to Beaver

Additional Note

Also known as Swing a Dead Cat. The Wart, outline (3 pages).
Box 4

Lebensraum 1942

Additional Note

Treatment (44 pages).
Box 3

Lineup (The)

Additional Note

The Hot Shot Robbery Case.
Box 4

Man Who Was Fired (The)

Additional Note

Half hour television comedy drama outline (10 pages).
Box 4

Markham

Additional Note

The Mahl-Stick, story outline (8 pages).
Box 4

Marriage and Survival

Additional Note

Proposal for television series (11 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 4

Message From a Female Immigrant to the USA

Additional Note

Story, sent to Red Book magazine (3 pages).
Box 1

Millionaire (The)

Additional Note

A Bet for Charlie, outline (4 pages).
Box 2

Mr. Novak

Additional Note

The Challenge, hour teleplay, mimeo with revisions (Joe Madison).
Box 2

Mr. Novak

Additional Note

Two Strikes on Arch, hour teleplay, rough (Joe Madison).
Box 5

My 3 Sons

Additional Note

Also known as The Wart. Swing a Dead Cat, outline (2 pages).
Box 2

Naked to the Bomb

Additional Note

Two chapters for a novel.
Box 4

Night Ride

Additional Note

Television outline (3 pages).
Box 4

Night the Bank Went Boom (The)

Additional Note

Outline (32 pages) (Joe Madison and Bert Lawrence).
Box 4

No Deal Deal (The)

Additional Note

Story outline (6 pages).
Box 4

Not For Hire

Additional Note

Outline (4 pages).
Box 2

Nurses (The)

Additional Note

Everyday I Bleed to Death a Little, outline (2 pages) (Joe Madison and Bert Lawrence).
Box 4

Once Around the Tiger

Additional Note

Original screenplay (Joe Madison).
Box 4

Only the Strong Shall Survive

Additional Note

Original screenplay (Joe Madison).
Box 4

Only the Strong Shall Survive

Additional Note

Original screenplay.
Box 4

Orville

Additional Note

Half hour comedy, outline (17 pages) (With Bert Lawrence).
Box 3

Outlaws (The)

Additional Note

Quiet Day in Guthrie, outline (16 pages).
Box 5

Outlaws (The)

Additional Note

Quiet Day in Guthrie, teleplay (72 pages) (Louis Benart).
Box 5

Pergola Girls (The)

Additional Note

Outline for a novel (12 pages).
Box 3

Phillip Morris Playhouse

Additional Note

Into the Mist, original radio script.
Box 7

Port Said

Additional Note

Screenplay, first draft.
Box 7

Port Said

Additional Note

Screenplay, mimeo.
Box 5

Prison Window

Additional Note

Screen treatment (70 pages).
Box 1

Prudential Family Hour of the Stars

Additional Note

Breakdown, first and final drafts for radio version.
Box 5

Psalms, 144

Additional Note

Original half hour teleplay.
Box 5

Pusher (The)

Additional Note

Also known as The Craving. Story (23 pages); treatment plus chapters (43 pages).
Box 2

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

First Sermon, ,mimeo teleplay (Joe Madison).
Box 2

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

First Sermon, first draft, rough (53 pages).
Box 2

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

First Sermon, mimeo revisions (incomplete).
Box 2

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

First Sermon, outline, notes, and suggestions (3 pages).
Box 5

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Sorofinos Treasure, first draft teleplay.
Box 5

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Sorofinos Treasure, miscellaneous revisions (mimeo) for teleplay.
Box 5

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Sorofinos Treasure, story for screen, outline (19 pages).
Box 5

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Sorofinos Treasure, treatment (24 pages).
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, revised teleplay. (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, screen treatment (67 pages). (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, screen treatment (69 pages).
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, teleplay, mimeo draft with revisions. (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, teleplay, mimeo with revisions.
Box 6

Richard Boone Show (The)

Additional Note

Vote No On 11, teleplay, rough. (Joe Madison)
Box 5

Richochet

Additional Note

Also known as The Ways of Libby Dowling. Television Western series, outline and proposal (2 pages). Television drama, outline (22 pages).
Box 5

Ring for Maria (A)

Additional Note

Outline, based on radio version (7 pages).
Box 3

Ripper (The)

Additional Note

English murder mystery, screen outline, rough (35 pages).
Box 5

Rise and Fall of Plato McGee (The)

Additional Note

Television series, outline, with Bert Lawrence (4 pages) (Joe Madison).
Box 5

Setup in Jive

Additional Note

Half hour teleplay.
Box 5

Small Still Voice (A)

Additional Note

Television drama, outline (7 pages).
Box 5

Still World (The)

Additional Note

Also known as Dark World Cometh. Outline (17 pages).
Box 1

Stork Bites Man

Additional Note

Screen treatment (70 pages).
Box 1

Suspense

Additional Note

The Clock and the Rope, final draft (mimeo) of radio version.
Box 1

Suspense

Additional Note

The Clock and the Rope, half hour teleplay adapted from radio version.
Box 5

Talkin and the Laughin (The)

Additional Note

Screen outline (16 pages).
Box 5

Talking and the Laughing (The)

Additional Note

Treatment (16 pages). (Joe Madison)
Box 2

The 51st Star

Additional Note

Proposal for TV series (6 pages). (Joe Madison).
Box 3

The Italian

Additional Note

Also known as The Dam on the Colorado. Screen outline (27 pages).
Box 5

Torpedos (The)

Additional Note

Mickey Spillane series, outline (6 pages).
Box 5

Triangle

Additional Note

Mickey Spillane series, outline (3 pages).
Box 6

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Additional Note

The Blizzard Makers, outline (2 pages). (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Whats Biting Walt?

Additional Note

Half hour drama, outline (6 pages).
Box 6

Whats it All About

Additional Note

Story (5 pages).
Box 1

Whispering Smith

Additional Note

The Auctioneer, outline and story.
Box 5

Whistler (The)

Additional Note

A Ring for Marya, radio drama.
Box 6

Who Kissed Cock Robin?

Additional Note

90 minute television drama. (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Who Kissed Cock Robin?

Additional Note

Original screenplay. (Joe Madison)
Box 7

Who Kissed Cock Robin?

Additional Note

Screen treatment (53 pages).
Box 7

Who Kissed Cock Robin?

Additional Note

Three-act play.
Box 7

Whod Marry Me?

Additional Note

Television panel show, proposal (8 pages). (Joe Madison)
Box 6

Wilheim

Additional Note

(10 pages).
Box 6

Wind Off the River

Additional Note

Also known as Whats Biting Walt? Anthology series, outline (11 pages).
 

Magazine Articles

Box 7

Alice Faye - Phil Harris (2) - magazine article

Box 7

Believing Heart (The) (Guy Madison) - magazine article

Box 7

Betty Huttons Rebellion - magazine article

Box 7

Come Out of Your Shell (Barbara Stanwyck) - magazine article

Box 7

Dancing Doll (Vera-Ellen) - magazine article

Box 7

Do I Know Homer (Kirk Douglas) - magazine article

Box 7

Featurette (Esther Williams) - magazine article

Box 7

Free Blonde and 21 (Joyce Holden) - magazine article

Box 7

Handsomest Man in the World (Robert Taylor) - magazine article

Box 7

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (Rita Hayworth) - magazine article

Box 7

Hollywoods Worst Bugaboo - magazine article

Box 7

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts - magazine article

Box 7

Merry Wives of Hollywood (The) - magazine article

Box 7

Mother Didnt Allow Make-up (Arlene Dahl) - magazine article

Box 7

Next Time I Live (Barbara Stanwyck) - magazine article

Box 7

On Going Hollywood (Burt Lancaster) - magazine article

Box 7

Outsider (The) (Robert Logan) - magazine article

Box 7

Pray Ill be Lucky in Love (Pier Angeli) - magazine article

Box 7

Private Life of an Underdog (Jimmy Stewart) - magazine article

Box 7

Reborn Beauty (Jane Greer) - magazine article

Box 7

Rock Away! (Rock Hudson) - magazine article

Box 7

Say Goodbye to Your Neighborhood Movie - magazine article

Box 7

She Wants a Big Tall SomebodySoon (Debra Paget) - magazine article

Box 7

She Waved Her Own Wand (Elaine Stewart) - magazine article

Box 7

Shellys Little Dividend (Shelly Winters) - magazine article

Box 7

Shoo, Wolf! (Kim Novak) - magazine article

Box 7

Special Formula for Stardom (Nick Adams) - magazine article

Box 7

Take It From Me (Gene Tierney) - magazine article

Box 7

Take It From Me (Jane Russell) - magazine article

Box 7

Take It From Me (Janet Leigh) - magazine article

Box 7

Take It From Me (Lana Turner) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (Ann Blyth) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (Ava Gardner) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (Corinne Calvet) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (Joan Crawford) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (June Allyson) - magazine article

Box 7

Take My Word For It (Peggy Lee) - magazine article

Box 7

Trouble With Love, The (Zsa Zsa Gabor) - magazine article

Box 7

Way For Me (The) (Gregory Peck) - magazine article

Additional Note

Rough and final draft.
Box 7

Ways of Rock Hudson (The) - magazine article

Box 7

Wellborn Kelly (The) (Grace Kelly) - magazine article

Box 7

What to do Till the Minister Comes (Piper Laurie) - magazine article

Box 7

When I Hated My Mirror (Jan Sterling) - magazine article

Additional Note

Rough and final draft.
Box 7

Why Must it Always be Bergman? - magazine article

 

Correspondence

Box 7

Breakdown correspondence

Additional Note

9 letters regarding project; one letter from Alfred Hitchcock.
Box 7

Correspondence file

Additional Note

John Edmondson, Alexandra Whitney, Allen Rivkin, Max Youngstein, Hall Kanter
Box 7

Latigo Randy and A Man Called Horse correspondence

Additional Note

33 letters between Louis Pollock, Dorothy Johnson, and Lucille Sullivan regarding the two projects.
Box 7

Redbook/Modern Screen Magazine correspondence

Additional Note

21 letters and 3 telegrams between Louis Pollock and Redbook. 10 letters between Louis Pollock and Modern Screen. 4 letters between Louis Pollock and Constance Smith (agent).
Box 7

Richard Boone Show (The) correspondence

Additional Note

13 letters regarding Sorofinos Treasure, Vote No On 11, and First Sermon; two letters to Clifford Odets. With clippings.
 

Advertising

Box 7

Suicide Attack advertising materials

Additional Note

Documentary written by Louis Pollock.
Box 7

Universal Pictures Adverstising books