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Mark Linder papers

Title
Mark Linder papers, 1933-1950.
Author
Linder, Mark, -1950.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useRequest*T-Mss 1997-030 Box 1Offsite
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2.9 linear feet (8 boxes)
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Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Unknown
Biography (note)
  • Mark Linder, actor, playwright and producer.
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Call Number
*T-Mss 1997-030
Author
Linder, Mark, -1950.
Title
Mark Linder papers, 1933-1950.
Summary
The Mark Linder papers document his career primarily as a playwright. The collection includes some correspondence, set designs, scripts and sides. There is no personal materials in the collection, the materials being mostly scripts, early drafts and revisions.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Mark Linder, actor, playwright and producer. Mark Linder was born ca. 1881, in New York City. He made this theatrical debut as a dancer at the age of 6 in the Thalia Theatre. He continued his career touring at the age of 12 in such productions as PECK'S BAD BOY, in which he played the title role, and JESSE JAMES in the role of "Muggsy the Slugger".
By the age of 18 Mark Linder headed a school of elocution in Boston, Massachusetts. From there, he entered vaudeville writing and acting in many sketches. His two brothers, Jack and Charles joined Linder in the theater collaborating with him as writers and producers. Some of their cooperative work includes Chatham Square, written by Jack and Charles Linder, THE SQUEALER, written by Mark Linder and produced by Charles and Jack Linder; Cortez, directed by Mark Linder and produced by his brothers; HONOR CODE, directed by Mark Linder, produced by Charles and Jack and Summer Wives a collaboration with Dolph Singer. Some of his other works include: BOWERY FOLLIES & GAY 90'S REVUE presented at The Grieff Theatre; ROOM 349, a murder mystery based on Arnold Rothstein's THE GAMBLER; TRIPLETS; a domestic comedy, staged by Walter Wilson, and presented at Masque Theatre; THE CASE OF HELEN DEANE and THE SQUEALER which premiered at The Forest Theatre.
Linder wrote more than one hundred plays and was a member of the Jewish Theatre Guild and the Author's Guild. He wrote and appeared in vaudeville in playlets directed by Roland West, and also appeared in a succession of melodramas produced by A.H. Woods. Linder's writings also included a series of television sketches which lasted in duration from 15 minutes to 1 hour, under the title of SPOTLIGHT THEATRE. An example of this was DR. CRONKHITE, starring Smith & Dale.
In 1940 Mark Linder was sued by Mae West over the production DIAMOND LIL, which Linder claimed he had written under the title of CHATHAM SQUARE. Linder lost the suit and Mae West was awarded one million dollars. Mark Linder died of a heart attack in New York City in 1950. He had been working on the play SIX WACS AND A GOB.
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*T-Mss 1997-030
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