Finding Aid for the Dick Dickson motion picture scripts , 1930-1940

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UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections
University of California, Los Angeles, Library
Performing Arts Special Collections, Room A1713
Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Dick Dickson motion picture scripts ,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1940
Collection number: 223
Creator: Dickson, Dick
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Abstract: During the 1930s Dickson Dickson was a movie producer. The collection consists of 18 scripts related to Dickson's career, including Man from Bar-20 and Sons of the Pioneers from the Hopalong Cassidy series.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. 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, 1989.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dick Dickson motion picture scripts (Collection 223). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


Dick Dickson was born in 1897. He started his "movie business" career in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He took tickets, swept the floors, and rewound films in a silent movie house. He was a machine gunner in France during World War I. After the war he began working for Paramount in Des Moines, Iowa. By 1929, he and a partner owned thirty-three movie houses, which they sold one month prior to the stock market crash.
During the 1930s Dickson was a movie producer. He made many westerns including more than twenty Hopalong Cassidy films. Among his credits are American Empire, Buffalo Bill, Forty Thieves, and The Woman of the Town. Dickson was hired as executive manger of over 140 southern California movie theaters. In 1947, while serving as an executive with Fox West Coast Theatre Corporation, Dickson was tapped to be Executive Director in Los Angeles for the Friendship Food Train. Later, he was also involved in the promotion of the Freedom Train.
Dickson died on July 14, 1962 in Hollywood, California.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of motion picture scripts relating to the career of motion picture producer Dick Dickson. The collection includes items that reflect his association with Harry Sherman and a small number of scripts related to the Hopalong Cassidy series. Included in the collection are scripts for The Barrier, Beneath Western Skies, Border Vigilantes, Bullets and Bandits, Cherokee Strip, Escape to Paradise, Everythings on Ice, Fisherman's Warf, Gun Chores, The Light of the Western Stars, Man from Bar-20, Mysterious Rider, Our Town, The Round-up, Sons of the Pioneers, and Way Down South.

Organization and Arrangement

The scripts are arranged alphabetically by production title.

Indexing Terms

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


Dickson, Dick -- Archives.
Motion picture producers and directors -- Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material


Related Material

Dick Dickson Papers, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Container List

Box 2, Folder 5

Barrier (The) 1937 Jun 10


Screenplay by Bernard Schubert. Additional dialogue by Harrison Jacobs.
Box 1, Folder 6

Beneath Western Skies 1938 Mar 29


Second draft script. Screenplay and dialogue by Nate Watt.
Box 1, Folder 5

Border Vigilantes 1940 Nov 14


Screenplay by J. Benton Cheney.
Box 1, Folder 4

Border Vigilantes 1940 Nov 19


Breakdown arranged in shooting continuity. Directed by D. Abrahams.
Box 1, Folder 8

Bullets and Bandits no date


Screenplay by J. Benton Cheney and Norton S. Parker.
Box 2, Folder 6

Cherokee Strip 1940 June 5


Screenplay by Norman Houston.
Box 3, Folder 1

Escape to Paradise 1939 Sep 12


Revised final shooting script.
Box 3, Folder 3

Everything's on Ice 1939 April 27


Box 3, Folder 2

Fisherman's Wharf as of 1938 Sep 16


First rough draft, revised script.
Box 2, Folder 4

Gun Chores 1930 Aug 31


Screenplay by Harold and Daniel Kusell.
Box 2, Folder 3

Light of Western Stars (The) 1939 Sep 30


Screenplay by Norman Houston.
Box 1, Folder 7

Man From Bar-20 (The) 1939 Nov 10


For Hopalong Cassidy. Screenplay by Gerald Geraghty and Jack Mersereau.
Box 2, Folder 1

Mysterious Rider no date


Box 2, Folder 2

Our Town 1940 Jan 9


Final shooting script by Thornton Wilder.
Box 1, Folder 3

Round-Up (The) 1940 Aug 1


Revised script. Adaptation and screenplay by Harold Shumate.
Box 1, Folder 2

Round-Up (The) ca. 1940


Adaptation and screenplay by Harold Shumate.
Box 1, Folder 1

Sons of the Pioneers 1938 Aug 3


For Hopalong Cassidy. Revised script by Norman Houston.
Box 3, Folder 4

Way Down South 1939 April 4


First draft script.