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Lucille Kallen papers

Title
Lucille Kallen papers, 1938-1999.
Author
Kallen, Lucille.
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21.44 linear ft. (45 boxes)
Uniform Title
  • Admiral Broadway revue (Television program)
  • Bell Telephone hour (Television program)
  • Your show of shows (Television program)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Clippings.
  • Contracts.
  • Financial records.
  • Galley proofs.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Photographs.
  • Radio scripts.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Motion picture plays.
  • Television scripts.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Engel, Herb
Biography (note)
  • Lucille Kallen (1922 -1999) was a prolific writer, proficient in many genres, who helped shape the early direction of American television humor, but is perhaps best remembered as the author of the C. B. Greenfield mystery novels.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
*T-Mss 2000-026
OCLC
NYPT05-A6
Author
Kallen, Lucille.
Title
Lucille Kallen papers, 1938-1999.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Lucille Kallen papers consist of correspondence, personal papers, financial papers, scripts, book drafts, publication materials, clippings, scrapbooks, and some photographs. Much of the materials contained here concerns Lucille Kallen's professional life as a writer of radio, theater, and television, and novels; however, there is some personal correspondence and personal papers included within the collection. The materials give insight into Lucille Kallen's place within the history of the development of American television and comedy forms, as well as into the process of working writers. Materials include original scripts for the Admiral Broadway Review, Your Show of Shows, and the Bell Telephone Hour. Kallen's career is also documented through original contracts, programs, photographs, and clippings. Many of the scripts and textual materials are annotated. The book drafts especially, demonstrate Kallen's writing and editing processes.
Biography
Lucille Kallen (1922 -1999) was a prolific writer, proficient in many genres, who helped shape the early direction of American television humor, but is perhaps best remembered as the author of the C. B. Greenfield mystery novels. Kallen, who was was the only female writer on the staff of Your Show of Shows in a time when men dominated the industry, also wrote for radio, theater, and television. While still establishing herself as a radio writer in the late 1940s, Kallen was teamed with Mel Tolkin as a writing partner at the Tamiment Playhouse, a summer theater in the Poconos run by producer Max Liebman. It also was at Tamiment that Kallen first met the comedienne, Imogene Coca. By 1949, Kallen was working in New York with Tolkin as co-writers for a new television program, the Admiral Broadway Revue, which featured Sid Caesar as host and a cast that included Coca. The show was reincarnated the following season as Your Show of Shows. Kallen, who was joined in the writers' room by such notables as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, was the only female writer during the entire run of the show. She developed material primarily for Coca and was credited with creating some of her best writing in sketches concerning the bickering married couple, the Hickenloopers. When Your Show of Shows went off the air in 1954, Kallen was chosen to become head writer for the short-lived Imogene Coca Show.
Kallen remained in New York even after many television studios moved their primary operations to the west coast and continued to submit scripts to television series. She also worked on a variety of theater projects. During the 1960s, Kallen began writing fiction for publication. In 1964, her novel, Outside There Somewhere!, was published. Although the comic, feminist novel was critically praised by the likes of Betty Friedan, it was not a huge success. In 1979, however, her first detective novel, Introducing C. B. Greenfield, was nominated for the American Book Award. This mystery novel spawned a series of five books featuring the characters, C. B. Greenfield and Maggie Rome, that became internationally popular. After the Greenfield books, in later years Kallen worked on an uncompleted novel titled, Sacred Bull. Her final work in progress, Fannie DeWitt, appears to have been inspired by her hospital experiences while being treated for an illness. Kallen died on January 18, 1999.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Television comedy writers.
Added Author
Coca, Imogene.
Tolkin, Mel.
Kallen, Lucille. C.B. Greenfield: a little madness.
Kallen, Lucille. C.B. Greenfield: no lady in the house.
Kallen, Lucille. C.B. Greenfield: the piano bird.
Kallen, Lucille. C.B. Greenfield: the Tanglewood murder.
Kallen, Lucille. Introducing C.B. Greenfield.
Kallen, Lucille. Outside there, somewhere!
Tamiment Playhouse.
Added Title
Admiral Broadway revue (Television program)
Bell Telephone hour (Television program)
Your show of shows (Television program)
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 2000-026
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