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Finding Aid for the Harvey Lembeck Papers, 1946-1982
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harvey Lembeck Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1982
    Collection number: 287
    Creator: Lembeck, Harvey
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) and 1 carton (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Harvey Lembeck made his acting debut in the Broadway production of Mr. Roberts (1948) and went on to establish himself in film, television, and on stage. The collection consists of photographs, clippings, ephemera and a small number of scripts related to his career.
    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.


    Harvey Lembeck was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 15, 1923. His numerous credits include roles in film, television, and theater. He made his acting debut in the Broadway production of Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda (1948). His film work includes Stalag 17 (1953), Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), T he Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and he is well known for his recurring role as Erich Von Zipper in a string of 1960s beach party films. He established his television career as Rocco Barbella on The Phil Silvers Show: You'll Never Get Rich (1955-1959). He founded the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop (1964) to train performers in the art of comedy. Lembeck died in Beverly Hills, CA, on January 5, 1982.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the collection consists of photographs, clippings, and/or printed ephemera for a variety of motion picture, television, and stage projects related to the career of actor Harvey Lembeck. Additionally, there are a small number of scripts for selected projects including, Anytown USA, Hotel or Why Do You Need Such Big Potatoes, Mother Juggs and Speed, Nice People, Man of La Mancha, and a project titled Von Zipper, among others. It is important to mention that there are no scripts for number of other projects in which Lembeck was involved, such as beach party films, Ensign O'Toole, Love with a Proper Stranger, Mr. Roberts, Sergeant Bilko, Stalag 17, or The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Additional materials in the collection include a small number of fan letters (1950s, 1970s, and 1980s); a small amount of clippings and printed ephemera related to the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop; and a small sampling of photographs documenting in a small way Lembeck's philanthropic associations. File titles were supplied by the processor.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Lembeck, Harvey--1982--Archives.
    Actors--United States--Archival resources.