Papers of a motion picture and television writer-publicist whose work was blacklisted during the 1950s as a result of mistaken identity. Scripts for radio, television, and motion pictures form the major portion of the collection; of these several were written under the pseudonym Joe Madison. Most television programs for which Pollock wrote are represented by single scripts, though there are multiple titles for "The Richard Boone Show" and a recording of one episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Also included are many short stories and articles and a published copy of his book, "Stork Bites Man."
A small subject file contains clippings and fragmentary correspondence, some relating to his blacklisting, and financial and promotional materials. Relating to his work as a publicist for Universal is a 1938 memorandum describing the structure and operation of the studio's promotion department; financial records of a promotional tour for "Back Street"; and a bound compendium on Hollywood advertising of 1936 and 1937 films. Prominent correspondents include Linus Pauling and Clifford Odets.
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