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Finding Aid for the John Dunkel Radio Scripts, 1954-1958
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  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Dunkel Radio Scripts
    Date (inclusive): 1954-1958
    Collection number: 191
    Creator: Dunkel, John.
    Extent: 4 boxes (1.7 linear ft.)
    Abstract: John Dunkel wrote for radio and television. The collections includes radio 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.


    John Dunkel was born in Springfield, OH, ca. 1915. He attended Wittenberg College. He began his career in the early 1930s reading plays for the Pasadena Playhouse. He went on to become a head writer for CBS Radio in Hollywood, CA. In the 1950s he became a prolific television writer working on a number of popular television westerns including, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide, among others. He died February 22, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA of natural causes.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of radio scripts related to the career of writer John Dunkel. Includes scripts from Escape, Fort Laramie (1956), Gunsmoke (1956-59), Hallmark hall of fame, Have gun will travel (1958), Romance (1954-55), and Suspense. Also includes spots from I was there (1941-44).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Dunkel, John--Archives.
    Radio writers--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Radio scripts.