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Finding Aid for the Robert Finkel Photographs of Television Variety Show Sets, 1955-1971
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Finkel Photographs of Television Variety Show Sets
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1971
    Collection number: 146
    Creator: Finkel, Robert.
    Extent: 8 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Producer Bob Finkel is well known for his work on variety shows. The collection consists of stills and slides of television variety show sets.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Bob Finkel was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on March 25, 1918. He attended the Carnegie Institution of Technology (1936-40). He moved west to Hollywood and started his career writing western scripts working his way up to assistant producer at Republic Studios. Following his discharge from the Army Signal Corps after WWII, Finkel returned to Hollywood and took a position as production manager for the Coronet and Las Palmas Theatres. He was then hired by ABC as that network's first television director in Los Angeles, moved to Revue Productions as a director and then to NBC-TV as a producer/director. He has mainly been associated with television variety shows, including four years as producer of The Andy Williams Show. He also headed The Perry Como Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, among others. He served as Executive Producer for Elvis, the first television special starring Elvis Presley. Finkel has also produced numerous specials staring John Davidson, John Denver, Liberace and others; and has also produced the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, and the People's Choice Awards shows. Finkel's directing credits include McMillan & Wife, The Bob Newhart Show, and Barney Miller. He is the receipent of numerous awards including three Emmys and the Peabody Award for his work in television.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of stills and slides of television variety show sets. Includes black and white as well as color photographs of shows including The Dinah Shore show, The Bing Crosby show, The Phyllis Diller show, The Jerry Lewis show, and The Andy Williams show.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Television producers and directors---Archival resources.
    Television---Stage-setting and scenery---Photographs.

    Related Material

    Collection of Television Scripts for The Andy Williams Show (Collection 125)  . Available at Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA.
    Edward Stephenson Television Show Set Design Archives (Collection 143)  . Available at Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA.