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Finding Aid for the Collection of Scripts for Milton Berle Radio and Television Programs, 1947-1953
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Scripts for Milton Berle Radio and Television Programs,
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1953
    Collection number: 056
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Milton Berle's career is one of the longest and most varied in show business, spanning silent film, vaudeville, radio, motion pictures, and television. The collection consists of scripts from Berle's radio and televsion programs The Milton Berle Show, Texaco Star Theater and the Buick-Berle Show.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Scripts for Milton Berle Radio and Television Programs (Collection 56). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Milton Berle is most remembered as television's first superstar. He debuted on radio in 1934 and during the 1940s hosted a variety of shows including the Texaco Star Theater. Berle was host for the premiere episode of the television version of the Texaco Star Theater (June 1948) and was eventually made permanent host. The show received an Emmy for Best Kinescope Show (1949). The program was renamed the Buick-Berle Show (1953) and later renamed to The Milton Berle Show (1954). Regular performers (1948-53) included: Berle, Fatso Marco, Ruth Gilbert, and Bobby Sherwood.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts from the radio series The Milton Berle Show (program numbers 1-58, March 1947-April 1948), and the television series Texaco Star Theater (program numbers 1-30, September 1952-June 1953) and the Buick-Berle Show (program numbers 1-4, September-October 1953).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Television writers, United States--Archives.
    Television producers and directors, United States--Archival resources.
    Radio scripts.
    Television scripts.

    Related Material

    Hal Collins Collection of Scripts for Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures (Collection 140). Available at Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA.