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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lloyd Bacon papers
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1963
    Date (bulk): 1940s
    Collection number: 223
    Creator: Bacon, Lloyd
    Extent: 9 linear feet of papers. 1 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Lloyd Bacon papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Margaret Keyser, on behalf of the (Mrs.) Lloyd Bacon estate, 1989-1992


    Lloyd Francis Bacon, son of film actor and writer Frank Bacon, was born in 1889 in San Jose, California. He was an actor and director active in film from 1914 to 1954. He played supporting and lead roles in comedies directed by Charlie Chaplin in the 1910s, and he directed Lloyd Hamilton and Mack Sennett short comedies in the 1920s. His acting and directing careers overlapped in the 1920s, but by the 1930s Bacon was focused solely on directing feature films. As a feature director he specialized in Warner Bros. musical comedies choreographed by Busby Berkeley. In later years, he directed many different film genres while under contract to Twentieth Century-Fox.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Lloyd Bacon papers span the years 1929-1963 (bulk 1940s) and encompass approximately 9 linear feet. The collection contains production files, television files, and subject files.
    In the production files, film titles containing scripts include A BLONDE LIKE THAT! (1963), DON’T TRUST YOUR HUSBAND (1949), THE FRENCH LINE (1954), and THE SULLIVANS (1944). Various films in this series containing studio correspondence include CALL ME MISTER (1951), CAPTAIN EDDIE (1945), DON’T TRUST YOUR HUSBAND (1949), THE FROGMEN (1951), I WONDER WHO’S KISSING HER NOW (1947), NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947), THE SULLIVANS (1944), SUNDAY DINNER FOR A SOLDIER (1944), WAKE UP AND DREAM (1946), YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME (1947), and WINGS OF THE NAVY (1939). Numerous files contain production correspondence from both producer Darryl F. Zanuck and agent and producer Sam Jaffe. The file for the 1937 film EVER SINCE EVE contains detailed correspondence from William Randolph Hearst to Bacon regarding Marion Davies’s role in the film. Production material can be found in the files for DON’T TRUST YOUR HUSBAND (1949), THE FRENCH LINE (1954), and THE SULLIVANS (1944). There is extensive material for the unproduced films BARNSTORMING, a proposed film on the life of Frank Bacon, and THE GLITTERING HILL, which contains script solicitation letters to Fred MacMurray and Humphrey Bogart. The television files include extensive script material on two unproduced television series, THE O’LEARY’S and VENUS MAHONEY.
    The majority of the subject files are comprised of correspondence. These files, arranged alphabetically, contain business, personal, and miscellaneous letters and telegrams, including extensive correspondence from Sam Jaffe, and span the years 1942 through 1954. The file pertaining to Twentieth Century-Fox contains numerous internal studio memos from Darryl F. Zanuck. A legal file includes Bacon’s employment contracts with Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century-Fox, his representation contract with the Sam Jaffe Agency, and a settlement in the case of Lloyd Bacon and Humphrey Bogart v. Alan Hale, circa 1943.


    Arranged in the following series: Boxes 1 though 3: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B Unproduced; 2. Television files, subseries A as follows: A. Unproduced; 3. Subject files. Boxes four though nine are not arranged in series.

    Indexing Terms

    Bacon, Lloyd , 1889-1955--Archives.