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Series X. Scripts

Scope and Content Notes:

There are thirty-nine titles arranged alphabetically in this series. Includes scripts of Ellis productions and other plays in which he had some interest of varying degree. Various titles appear in several versions, of which the most interesting is S.J. Perelman’s The Beauty Part (6 versions, final version not included). Of eight stage manager’s books included, two are Ellis' - The Body Beautiful and Magnolia Alley.

Subseries 1. The Advocate

Folder 16 Early version - Before I Sleep
Folder 17 Revised Final script, August 1963

Box 27
Folder 1 The American Dame: A Play/Out - Docudrama by Philip C. Lewis
Folder 2 Angela: A Comedy in Three Acts - Script precedes summer tryout, by Sumner Arthur Long, 1968

Subseries 2. The Beauty Part

Folder 3 Earliest version - Mimeo
Folder 4 Earliest version with extensive penciled revisions and substitute leaves
Folder 5 Typescript incorporating holograph revisions of folder 4 version
Folder 6 “Old Act I” - A further revision of version 3 (Folder 5). Carbon typescript
Folder 7 Revised Act I - A further revision of version 4 (Folder 6). Typescript
Folder 8 “1st revision, Act I only – Old Act II” - Carbon typescripts
Folder 9 Final complete version - Carbon typescript
Folder 10 Final complete version as above - Mimeo
Folder 11 “Pages removed from Perelman script” - written on sheet appended to 1st page. Mimeo / typescript
Folder 12 Typescript leaves with revisions or substitute leaves - Some revisions are incorporated in the 1963 Samuel French edition

Subseries 3. Beer Island: A Play in Three Acts


Box 28
Folder 1-2 Copies 1 and 2

Subseries 4. The Body Beautiful

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book (Ellis) - Revised October 15, 1957, with holograph note on cover: revision 11-26-57

Subseries 5. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men: A Play in Two Acts

Folder 4-5 Copies 1 and 2
Folder 6 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 6. Come Blow Your Horn: A Comedy

Folder 7 Copy 1

Box 29
Folder 1 Copy 2

Subseries 7. Courtin’ Time: A Musical Comedy

Folder 2 Version 1
Folder 3 Version 2 with holograph revisions
Folder 4 Version 3 with stage manager’s book
Folder 5 Version 4

Subseries 8. Daphne in Cottage D: A Play in Three Acts

Folder 6-7 Versions 1 and 2 - Order not determined

Subseries 9. Edgar and Alice

Folder 8 Five Star Final - Louis Weitzenkorn as played at the Cort Theatre in New York, January 1931

Subseries 10. The Girl in the Freudian Slip

Folder 9 Version 1

Box 30
Folder 1-2 Version 2
Folder 3 Version 3 - Florida script, March 20, 1967
Folder 4-5 Version 4

Subseries 11. Half In Earnest: A Musical Adaptation of the Importance of Being Earnest…

Folder 6 Typescript with holograph and typed revisions and notes

Box 31
Folder 1 I’ll Always Remember Miss Whatsername: A Romantic Comedy - Patrick Lawrence

Subseries 12. Jenny Kissed Me: A Comedy in Three Acts

Folder 2 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 13. The Last Dance (with title: Strange Anniversary)

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book
Folder 4 Line: A Play in Two Acts - Fourth Draft by Israel Horovitz, 1968
Folder 5 The Magistrate - Arthur Wing Pinero

Subseries 14. Magnolia Alley

Folder 6 Stage manager’s book (Ellis)
Folder 7 The Marriner Method…A Comedy - Otis Bigelow
Folder 8 The Mask - H.M. Harwood?

Subseries 15. The Mirror Under the Eagle: A Conversation Piece


Box 32
Folder 1 First draft – Revise to p. 72
Folder 2 Version 2 with sub-title - A play-out, 1958

Subseries 16. Mrs. Gibbon’s Boys: A Comedy

Folder 3 Typescript with holograph revisions

Subseries 17. The Name of the Game

Folder 4-5 Early version as Remember Sweet Alice
Folder 6-7 Version 2, November 20, 1965
Folder 8 Version 3 as The Name of the Game

Box 33
Folder 1 Version 3 - Copy 2
Folder 2 Version 4, January 1967
Folder 3 Version 5 - Stage manager’s script

Subseries 18. Nothing but the Truth: A Comedy in Three Acts

Folder 4 Samuel French acting edition - Stage manager’s copy directed by Ellis at American Church in Paris, April 1938

Subseries 19. The Paisley Convertible: A Comedy

Folder 5-7 Early version - as Early to Bed, 1966
Folder 8 As The Paisley Convertible - Copy 1, December 27, 1966

Box 34
Folder 1 As The Paisley Convertible - Copy 2

Subseries 20. A Perfect Frenzy: A Farce Comedy

Folder 2 Stage manager’s book for Bucks County 15th Anniversary show

Subseries 21. The Play’s the Thing

Folder 3 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 22. Pueblo: A Play

Folder 4 First draft, April 1, 1970

Subseries 23. Remember Sweet Alice

Folder 5 Rollo: A Play in Three Acts - Adapted by Felicity Douglas

Subseries 24. Sweet Eros and Witness

Folder 6-7 Final version
Folder 8 Stage manager’s book

Subseries 25. Twelve Angry Men


Box 35
Folder 1-2 Ellis' translation from the French translation for Bucks County - with some stage directions
Folder 3 French translation: Douze hommes en colere - in L’Avant-scene 184

Subseries 26. A Ton of Bricks: A New Comedy

Folder 4-5 Version 1, September 1961
Folder 6 Version 2 - Revision, May 1962
Folder 7 Version 3 - Revision, July 1962
Folder 8 We Call to Mind: A Docudrama - Philip C. Lewis

Subseries 27. What Did We Do Wrong? A New Comedy

Folder 9-10 Copies 1 and 2
Folder 11 Script changes - Loose pages
Folder 12 Which Way the Wind: Docudrama… - Philip C. Lewis, c.1959

Box 36
Folder 1 A Whiff of Melancholy: A Play in Three Acts - James W. Andres, 1961

Subseries 28. Whoever Finds This Bottle

Folder 2 Version C
Folder 3 Version 2
Folder 4 Possible final version - Mimeo

Subseries 29. You Never Know: Musical version of Candlelight

Folder 5 Partial typescript - Samuel French edition of Candlelight included