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Ralph Edwards Productions production records, 1940-ca. 2001
PASC 336  
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Ralph Edwards Productions production records
    Collection number: PASC 336
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 129.5 linear ft. (259 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-ca. 2001
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials pertaining to the various Ralph Edwards Productions projects such as Truth or Consequences, This is Your Life, and Name That Tune. The finding aid will be updated as the collection is processed.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Ralph Edwards Productions

    Restrictions on Access

    Collection is in currently being processed; researchers should contact UCLA Library Special Collections staff to inquire about access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ralph Edwards Productions Production Records (Collection PASC 336). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biographical Note

    Ralph Edwards was born near Merino, Colorado, in 1913, moving with his family to Oakland, California, when he was 12. He worked his way through college at radio stations in Oakland and San Francisco, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. Edwards moved to New York in 1936 and became one of radio's busiest announcers, doing as many as 45 network shows a week. In 1940, in response to this hectic pace, Edwards created, produced and hosted the landmark audience participation show "Truth or Consequences".
    The show's great popularity led to his appearance in the Lucille Ball-Victor Mature film Seven Days' Leave (1942). He moved the show and his production company to Hollywood in 1945, where he made three more films for RKO: Radio Stars on Parade (1945), The Bamboo Blonde (1946) and Beat the Band (1947), all with Frances Langford. His big-screen career took a decided back seat in 1948, when Edwards first brought to the air his other long-running show, "This Is Your Life" (1952). On radio for its first two years, Edwards took the program to NBC-TV in 1952, where it remained until 1961, winning two Emmys (he also hosted a syndicated version from 1971-1973). His last feature film appearance came in the Susan Hayward MGM bio-pic of Lillian Roth, I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), which ends with a recreation of Roth's appearance on "This Is Your Life" (1952).
    Edwards' television career began in earnest in 1950, when "Truth or Consequences" (1950) aired one season on CBS-TV and earned the first Emmy awarded for an audience participation show. He turned over host duties to Jack Bailey in 1954 and, in 1956, launched the career of Bob Barker as host of the daytime version. Edwards, also well-known for his extensive charitable and philanthropic activities, became one of TV's most prolific producers. Biographical note courtesy of IMDB.com.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials pertaining to the various Ralph Edwards Productions projects such as Truth or consequences, This is your life, and Name that tune.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Series 1. This is Your Life, 1952-1987
    2. Series 2. Truth or Consequences, 1940-1988
    3. Series 3. The Cross-Wits, 1975-1977
    4. Series 4. End of the Rainbow, 1957-1958
    5. Series 5. Funny Boners, 1954-1955
    6. Series 6. Face to Face
    7. Series 7. Knockout, 1977-1978
    8. Series 8. Name That Tune
    9. Series 9. Press Your Luck
    10. Series 10. Punchliners
    11. Series 11. Mouthtrap
    12. Series 12. The People's Court
    13. Series 13. The Ralph Edwards Show, 1952
    14. Series 14. That's Show Biz, 1985 October 23
    15. Series 15. About Faces, 1960-1961
    16. Series 16. So You Think You've Got Troubles
    17. Series 17. Superior Court, 1986-1989
    18. Series 18. Who in the World, 1962
    19. Series 19. Walk Across the Land, 1961 December
    20. Series 20. Portrait of an American, 1963
    21. Series 21. Human Thing to Do, 1961
    22. Series 22. Fatasies Fulfilled
    23. Series 23. Going, Going, Gone
    24. Series 24. Sing Out, 1960 October 13
    25. Series 25. Woody Woodbury Show, 1967
    26. Series 26. Ungame Show, 1977 March 10
    27. Series 27. That Crazy Show, 1977 April 14
    28. Series 28. It Could Be You, 1956-1961
    29. Series 29. Place the Face
    30. Series 30. Wide Country, 1962-1963
    31. Series 31. Beadle's About, 1986. 1 folder
    32. Series 32. Television's Good Housekeeping, 1972-1973
    33. Series 33. In Session
    34. Series 40. Ralph Edwards
    35. Series 41. Bob Barker
    36. Series 50. Business Papers

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6332311 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ralph Edwards Productions --Archives.
    Television producers and directors--United States--Archives.