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Theodore J. Flicker Collection
WGF-MS-049  
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Description
The Theodore J. Flicker Collection, 1965-1985, contains both writing and directing materials from his career. The bulk of the collection consists of scripts written by Flicker, most notably the pilot of Barney Miller, as well as episodes of The Mod Squad, and Nichols. Included are a number of production notebooks from television movies he directed, most notably Guess Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed and Where the Ladies Go. The collection also includes many unproduced works written by Flicker, for both existing series and original projects, including scripts for Columbo and McMillan and Wife.
Background
Theodore J. Flicker was a prolific writer and director best known for creating the hit television show Barney Miller in the late 1970s. Flicker was born in Freehold Borough, New Jersey on June 6, 1930 to Sydney and Rebecca Flicker. After graduating high school, he studied at Bard College in New York and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After completing his studies, Flicker moved to Chicago in 1954, where he worked in improvisational theater. He helped create an improvisational theater group called Compass Players, a predecessor to Second City, and started a second troupe in St. Louis where he mentored celebrated improv performers Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Del Close. Flicker worked in theater for a number of years and moved to Hollywood in the early 60s. He married Barbara Joyce Perkins in 1966. Flicker established himself as both a writer and director during the 1960s, directing episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Dream of Jeannie and co-writing the film THE TROUBLEMAKER in 1964. Flicker is most known for the 1967 film THE PRESIDENT’S ANAYLST, a satire poking fun at American institutions including the FBI. The film was nominated for a WGA Award in 1968 and has since gained a cult following, In the 1970s, Flicker continued writing for television shows like Streets of San Francisco, The Mod Squad, Banyon and many others. In addition to his writing works, he directed a number of television movies, including Just a Little Inconvenience, The Last of the Good Guys, Guess Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed and Where the Ladies Go. In the mid-1970s he co-created the sitcom Barney Miller with Danny Arnold. Originally titled “My Husband the Detective,” Flicker’s agent convinced him to work with Arnold and together they created Barney Miller, which ran for 8 seasons. Arnold and Flicker had a falling out after the first year and Flicker left the show. Flicker and his wife moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1986, where he left behind filmmaking and began his new passion for sculpting. He became both a collector and a practitioner and often stated that sculpting was one of the most satisfying creative outlets in his life. He became a widely recognized sculptor in the Santa Fe area and had a four-acre sculpture garden at his home. In addition to his sculpting, Flicker also self-published a book entitled The Good American in 1997. Flicker died of complications from a lung infection on September 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Flicker.
Extent
4.5 linear feet
Restrictions
The responsibility to secure copyright and publication permission rests with the patron.
Availability
Majority of materials stored off site. One week advance notice required for retrieval.