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Finding Aid for the Mark Robson Papers, 1943-1979
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Organization
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mark Robson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1979
    Collection number: 97
    Origination: Robson, Mark
    Extent: 64 boxes (30.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Mark Robson Papers, 1943-1979. (Collection 97). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Robson was born in Montreal, Dec. 4, 1913; studied political science and economics at UC Los Angeles and law at Pacific Coast Univ.; worked atWilliam Fox studio (1932-35); joined RKO (1935) and worked in various capacities until he became a leading editor; he worked with Robert Wise on "Citizen Kane" (1941), but did not receive screen credit; worked with Val Lewton on "Cat People" (1942), who later gave Robson his first directorial job, "The Seventh Victim"; formed a production corporation, The Filmmakers Group, with Robert Wise and Bernard Donnenfeld (1971) which later become the partnership, Tripar Group (1974); he is best known for films such as "The Champion" (1949), "Home Of The Brave" (1949), "Peyton Place" (1957), "Inn Of The Sixth Happiness" (UK, 1958), "Von Ryan's Express" (1965), "Valley Of The Dolls" (1967), and "Earthquake" (1974); died in June, 1978.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Produced films
    2. Professional/personal material
    3. Projects
    4. Scripts submitted to Mark Robson

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of motion picture producer and director, Mark Robson. Includes scripts, photographs, production material, promotional material, clippings, correspondence, storyboards, and sketches. Production and promotional material contains budgets, shooting schedules, ads, reviews, and industry announcements. Also includes materials for numerous productions including "Earthquake" (1974), "Happy Birthday, Wanda Jane" (1979), "The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness" (1958), "Limbo" (1972), "Lisa" (1962), "The Lost Command" (1966), "Peyton Place" (1958), "Valley Of The Dolls" (1967), and "Von Ryan's Express" (1965).

    Access Points

    Robson, Mark, 1913-1978--Archives
    Motion picture producers and directors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Screen writers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources