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Finding Aid for the John Payne scripts, 1957-1959
PASC 249  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Payne scripts
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1959
    Collection number: PASC 249
    Creator: Payne, John, 1912-1989.
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: John Payne was a television and motion picture actor. In the 1950s Payne was featured in his own television series Restless Gun (1957-59). The collection consists of seventy-plus scripts for the Restless Guns series.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library 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 UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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, 2002.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Payne scripts (Collection Number PASC 249). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    John Payne was born May, 1912 in Roanoke, VA. After graduating Roanoke College, he studied drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard School of Music. Payne became an understudy in a 1935 Bea Lillie revue, which lead to his screen debut in Dodsworth (1936.) His film work in the 1940s included a number of lead roles in musicals such as Tin Pan Alley, The Great American Broadcast, Sun Valley Serenade, Hello, Frisco, Hello and The Dolly Sisters. He is well remembered for his role in the film, Miracle on 34th Street (1947.) In the 1950s Payne switched to Westerns and action films and went on to star in his own television series Restless Gun (1957-59.) He directed one of his last films, They Ran for Their Lives (1968.) Payne died 1989.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts for the television series Restless Gun related to the career of John Payne. Includes scripts for seventy-plus episodes spanning 1957-1959. Additionally, there is one script from an episode of the television series, The Westerner.
    The scripts were originally housed in eight loose bound notebooks. The notebooks were removed for preservation purposes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by episode title.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Payne, John, 1912-1989 -- Archives.
    Actors -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    television scripts.