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This collection contains film posters and ephemera for 14 comedic films that range from 1940 through 1965. Films in this collection include silent slapstick comedies and musical comedy among other genres of comedic films.


This collection contains film posters and ephemera for 14 films that are dated between 1940 and 1959. Subgenres in this series include horror films, disaster, science fiction, and film noir among others.


This series includes the bound scripts from The Steve Allen Show, The New Steve Allen Show, The Bill Dana Show, The Danny Thomas Show, and The Spike Jones Show. Also, included here is a bulk of the unbound scripts of The Bill Dana Show. The Bill ...

Dana, Bill, 1924 -

Audiovisual Material and Memorabilia

This series includes cassettes and LP’s of Bill Dana’s routines mostly playing the character of Jose Jiminez; images documenting most of his professional and personal life including positives, negatives, and contact sheets; scrapbooks that are mos...

Dana, Bill, 1924 -


This series includes correspondence addressed to Bill Dana, and includes fan mail and VIP correspondence.

Dana, Bill, 1924 -

Posters and Cut-outs

This series contains promotional items and displays for comedy movies, videos and albums. These items were not available to the general public, but were distributed to record stores, video stores and radio stations.

Debenham, Warren

Long playing (LP) records

This series documents stand-up and improvisational comedy, and humorous music from 1955-1988. In addition to the recordings of individual comics such as Morey Amsterdam, Nan Blackstone, Belle Barth, Shelley Berman, Buddy Hackett, the Smothers Bro...

Debenham, Warren

Compact discs

The series documents popular radio series that were broadcast during the early 1930s through the late 1950s, and the popular forms of stand-up and improvisational comedy of the mid 20th and early 21st centuries. Highlights are recordings of “Our M...

Fibber McGee and Molly Radio Show Scripts

This series includes the bound and unbound radio scripts from Smackout and Fibber McGee & Molly. The bound scripts are from 1937 to 1953; the unbound scripts start in 1941 and include outlines, drafts and final versions. Note that script num...

Radio Scripts

This series includes unbound scripts from other radio shows written by Phil Leslie. Each show is a separate subseries. See Series 5 for scripts from an unproduced radio show called The Clipper Penguin.

Television Scripts

This series includes unbound scripts from other television shows written by Phil Leslie as well as scripts from The New Addams Family based on Leslie’s original versions. Each show is a separate subseries. Several shows include scripts for episo...

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