Papers, 1937-1972

Chayefsky, Paddy, 1923-1981

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  • Format Mixed Materials
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    • 6.8 c.f. (17 archives boxes)
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  • Restricted: Mr. Chayefsky retains literary rights to this collection.


  • Papers of Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), a writer for stage, screen, radio, and television, whose work during the "Golden Age of TV Drama" led to a career as an Oscar-winning writer of motion pictures. Consisting of scripts, revisions, notes, clippings, and reviews, the collection includes some titles produced in more than one media. Most notable are Bachelor Party and Marty --both originally presented on NBC's Philco-Goodyear Playhouse and both subsequently made into motion pictures (UA, 1957 and 1955 respectively), which Chayefsky also produced. The Middle of the Night, another teleplay, was adapted for the stage (1956) as well as for the screen (Col., 1959).
  • Other screenplays treated include The Americanization of Emily (MGM, 1964), The Catered Affair (MGM, 1964), The Cincinnati Kid (MGM, 1956), The Goddess (Col., 1958), and The Hospital (UA, 1971); other stage plays include Gideon (1961), The Passion of Josef D. (1964), and The Tenth Man (1959). The remainder of the collection consits of unproduced works, several radio plays, early writings, general correspondence, and biographical information.


  • Presented by Paddy Chayefsky, New York, N.Y., 1962 and 1969.
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