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Finding Aid for the Le Roy Prinz Papers, 1930-1968
PASC 102  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
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  • Title: Le Roy Prinz papers
    Collection number: PASC 102
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 24.0 linear ft. (50 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1968
    Abstract: Dance choregorapher Le Roy Prinz began his career staging production numbers for Max Reinhardt and the Folies Bergére. He moved into films in ca. 1929 and went on to work for Cecil B. DeMille, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. The collection consists of motion picture stills, photographs, scripts, awards, and subject files related to Prinz's career.
    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: Prinz, Le Roy, 1895-

    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 Mrs. Lee Baxter, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Le Roy Prinz Papers (Collection PASC 102). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Le Roy Prinz was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on July 14, 1895. He attended Northwestern University in the early 1920s and served in the French Foreign Legion. Prinz later served with Edward Rickenbacher's Flying Tigers air squadron during WWI. He began his career as choreographer for Max Reinhardt, the Folies Bergére, and other European companies before coming to Hollywood in 1930 to work as a production assistant and then choreographer for Cecil B. DeMille. Prinz was dance director for Paramount (1931-1941) and Warner Brothers (1942-1957) and choreographed numerous motion picture productions including The Big Broadcast of 1936, Road to Singapore (1940), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943), Hollywood Canteen (1944), April in Paris (1953), and South Pacific (1958). He also directed a short subject, Boy and His Dog, for which he won an Academy Award in 1948, and produced and choreographed many industrial films and benefit programs. Prinz died in Wadsworth, California on September 15, 1983.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of director and choreographer Le Roy Prinz. Includes motion picture stills, photographs, scripts, awards, and subject files. Subject files contain photographic research, programs, clippings, and notes used by Prinz for the production of dance numbers in motion pictures. Motion picture projects represented include April in Paris , The Eddie Cantor Story , Night and Day, Sayonara, and South Pacific, among others. Also includes a small collection of stills of actor Warner Baxter, uncle of Mrs. Le Roy Prinz.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Motion Picture Projects
    2. Stage Projects
    3. Independent Projects
    4. Personal Papers

    Related Material

    Prinz, Le Roy and Irene Kahn Atkins. Leroy Prinz / Interviewed by Irene Kahn Atkins. Hollywood: Directors Guild of America, 1979. Print. Available at the Arts Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233618 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Prinz, Le Roy, 1895- --Archives.
    Choreographers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Motion picture producers and directors-California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.