John M. Frankenheimer Papers, 1954-1960


Summary Information
Title: John M. Frankenheimer Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1960

Creator:
  • Frankenheimer, John M., 1930-
Call Number: U.S. Mss 45AN

Quantity: 2.8 c.f. (6 archives boxes, 1 package)

Repository:
Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Contact Information

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Abstract:
Papers of a CBS television director who moved to motion pictures at the conclusion of the era of live dramatic anthologies. Scripts, primarily for the series Climax, Danger, and Playhouse 90, comprise the bulk of the collection, though there are also drawings, set plans, and camera indications prepared by the staff of art director Ted Haworth for the movie Seconds (Para., 1966).

Language: English

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Biography/History

John Michael Frankenheimer was born on February 19, 1930, at Malba, New York. His parents, Walter and Mary Sheedy Frankenheimer, sent him to Foxwood School and LaSalle Military Academy; and in 1951 he graduated from Williams College.

During 1951 Mr. Frankenheimer began his career in the field of mass media in Washington D.C. He joined the city's American Theatre Wing for its production of The Moon Is Blue and both acted and directed at WTOP-TV, the CBS channel in the nation's capital. During the Korean conflict he enlarged his professional experience by serving as a second lieutenant for the armed forces photographic service at Burbank, California. After his release from service, he rejoined CBS. At first he worked with the Garry Moore Show and the Edward R. Morrow series. Later he became assistant director and director of Person to Person, You Are There, Danger, Mama, Climax, Studio One, and Playhouse 90.

As a free lance TV director in 1959, John Frankenheimer worked with the Browning Version and Ingrid Bergman in Turn of the Screw. In that same year he also directed the Broadway show Midnight Sun. His film credits include Young Savages, Birdman of Alcatraz, All Fall Down, and The Manchurian Candidate.

In 1959 Mr. Frankenheimer received the Brotherhood Award. Previously, he had earned an Emmy for The Comedians, the Locarno Festival prize for the Best Film Director of 1955, and the 1954 Christopher Award. He is a member of the Director's Guild, the Civil Liberties Union, and the Democratic Party. He is married and has two daughters.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of John Frankenheimer, television and screen director, are composed entirely of television scripts. These six boxes are arranged alphabetically by television series title, then by show title within the series. The series are Buick Playhouse, Climax, Danger, Dupont Show of the Month, Ford Show, NBC Sunday Showcase, Playhouse 90, Pursuit, Studio One, and You Are There. However, the number of scripts filed within a series varies from one to twenty-four. Scripts from Climax and Playhouse 90 are most numerous.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by John Frankenheimer, Malibu, California, January 18, 1963.


Processing Information

Processed by E. McC., 1965.


Contents List
Buick Playhouse
Box   1
“The Fifth Column,” Jan. 22, 1960
Climax
Box   1
“Bail Out at Forty-Three Thousand,” Dec. 29, 1955
Box   1
“Edge of Terror,” Aug. 11, 1955
Box   1
“Figures in Clay,” May 31, 1956
Box   1
“Gamble on a Thief,” Feb. 2, 1956
Box   1
“House of Shadows,” Oct. 20, 1955
Box   1
“The Louella Parsons Story,” March 8, 1956
Box   1
“The Passport,” Dec. 8, 1955
Box   1
“Scheme to Defraud,” Nov. 10, 1955
Box   1
“Sit Down with Death,” April 26, 1956
Box   2
“South of the Sun,” 1955
Box   2
“Spin Into Darkness,” April 5, 1956
Box   2
“T-6,” May 17, 1956
Box   2
“To Wake at Midnight,” June 23, 1955
Danger
Box   2
“The Dark Curtain,” Feb. 1, 1955
Box   2
“Knife in the Dark,” Dec. 7, 1954
Box   2
“No Passport for Death,” Jan. 18, 1955
Box   2
“Precinct Girl,” Jan. 4, 1955
Box   2
“Treasure of the Argo,” Dec. 21, 1954
Dupont Show of the Month
Box   2
“The Browning Version,” April 23, 1959
Ford Show
Box   2
“The Turn of the Screw,” Sept. 27, 1959
NBC Sunday Showcase
Box   3
“People Kill People, Sometimes,” Sept. 20, 1959
Box   3
“The American,” March 27, 1960
Playhouse 90
Box   3
“The Blue Men,” Jan. 15, 1959
Box   3
“Bombers Moon,” May 22, 1958
Box   3
“Clash by Night,” June 13, 1957
Box   3
“The Comedian,” Feb. 14, 1957
Box   3
“Days of Wine and Roses,” Sept. 25, 1958
Box   3
“The Death of Manolete,” Sept. 2, 1957
Box   3
“Eloise,” Nov. 22, 1956
Box   4
“The Fabulous Irishman,” June 27, 1957
Box   4
“Face of a Hero,” Jan. 1, 1959
Box   4
“For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Jan. 28, 1959
Box   4
“The Family Nobody Wanted,” Dec. 20, 1956
Box   4
“Forbidden Area,” Oct. 4, 1956
Box   4
“If You Knew Elizabeth,” April 11, 1956
Box   4
“Journey to the Day,” April 22, 1960
Box   4
“The Last Man,” Dec. 19, 1957
Box   5
“The Last Tycoon,” March 14, 1957
Box   5
“The Ninth Day,” Jan. 10, 1957
Box   5
“Old Man,” Nov. 20, 1958
Box   5
“Rendezvous in Black,” Oct. 25, 1956
Box   5
“Rumors of Evening,” April 10, 1958
Box   5
“A Sound of Different Drummers,” Oct. 3, 1957
Box   5
“The Thundering Wave,” Dec. 12, 1957
Box   5
“A Town Has Turned to Dust,” June 9, 1958
Box   5
“The Violent Heart,” Feb. 6, 1958
Box   6
“Winter Dreams,” May 23, 1957
Pursuit
Box   6
“Goodbye Allison,” March 2, 1958
Studio One
Box   6
“The Last Summer,” Aug. 4, 1958
You Are There
Box   6
“The Plot Against King Solomon,” Nov. 28, 1954