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Guide to the Robert B. Sinclair Teleplays Collection, 1957-1962
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert B. Sinclair Teleplays Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1957-1962
    Collection number: PA Mss 12
    Creator: Sinclair, Robert B.
    Extent: 2.5 linear ft. (6 boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Annotate teleplays for 1950s and 60s television series' directed by Robert Sinclair including Alcoa-Goodyear Anthology, The Alaskans, The Bell System Science Series, Bourbon Street Beat, Bronco, Cheyenne, Death Valley Days, Desilu Playhouse, The Deputy, Hawaiian Eye, Lawman, M-Squad, Markham, Maverick, Michael Shayne, The Roaring '20s, Robert Taylor's Detectives, 77 Sunset Strip, Shirley Temple's Storybook, Staccato, Surfside 6, Telephone Time, The Texan, The Thin Man, The Untouchables.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Donated by Sinclair estate, May 1976.



    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert B. Sinclair Teleplays Collection, PA Mss 12, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.


    Sinclair was an American director of stage, film and television. Born in Ohio in 1905, he graduated from the Whorton School of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. He directed the original Broadway productions of The Philadelphia Story, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Dodsworth, Babes in Arms and Pride and Prejudice. He came to California in 1938 from New York City, settled in Beverly Hills and married actress Heather Angel on April 15 1944 in Hollywood. He directed a variety of films in the 1940s and '50s, including Mr. and Mrs. North and Down in San Diego. In the mid-fifties he became involved in television, notably for his direction of the series Mr. District Attorney. Sinclair went into semi-retirement in the mid 'sixties, and led an active social live in Montecito, especially in Theater. He was murdered in his home during a burglary attempt by a UCSB graduate student on January 3, 1970.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is composed entirely of teleplays directed by Robert Sinclair between 1957-1962 with the exception of a pitch for the show The Deputy. The teleplays are usually annotated, sometimes with blocking diagrams; shooting schedules and cast lists are usually appended. The collection is arranged alphabetically by series and then alphabetically by show name. Five scripts were not identifiable by series and are clustered at the end of the inventory.