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Guide to the Tony Randall (1920-2004) Papers 1937/1984

Overview of the Collection

Randall, Tony

Title:

Tony Randall (1920-2004) Papers

Dates:

1937-1984

Size:

4.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The Tony Randall Papers fill four boxes and span the years 1937-1984. The bulk of the papers consists of clippings from newspapers and magazines concerning Randall's career, involvement in politics, social engagements, and biographical pieces. One folder contains Randall's handwritten <emph render="bold">class notes</emph> from courses he took as a student at Northwestern University (1937-1938). The notes are identified by course name, and are decorated with occasional sketches of actors (notably John Barrymore); they also indicate the transition from the future actor's original name, Arthur Rosenberg, to the stage name Anthony Randall.<lb/>Clippings, forming the balance of the series, are organized by topic or by specific production, and are arranged chronologically within the folders, with undated materials placed at the end of each folder. <lb/>The <emph render="bold">General</emph> clippings, dating between 1950 and 1984, consist mainly of biographical pieces about Randall's career and personal life. Clippings concerning Randall's social life—articles about charities he attended, parties he was seen at, restaurants he was photographed in—make up a large percentage of these clippings. Other clippings include interviews with Randall, and articles about his character and talent as a whole.

Biographical Information

Tony Randall, born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg on February 26, 1920 at Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended Northwestern University's School of Speech during the 1937-1938 academic year. Randall left Northwestern to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. He made his Broadway acting debut in 1941 in “A Circle of Chalk” and appeared in a few more plays before serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. After leaving the Army Randall resumed his acting career and in 1957 appeared in his first motion picture role in “Oh, Men! Oh, Women!”. He has worked on numerous television programs including such notable series as “Mr. Peepers”, “The Odd Couple”, and “The Tony Randall Show”. Randall received an Emmy award in 1975 for his work on “The Odd Couple”. He went on to star in such films as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Pillow Talk, and The King of Comedy in addition to his television career. He died in in his sleep in 2004.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dept. of Theatre--Alumni and alumnae

Personal Name

Randall, Tony

Topical Term

Actors--United States

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Tony Randall Papers were separated from Accession Number 85-172, donated to the University Archives on August 22, 1985.

Processing Information

Zoë Streicker-Howard

Separated Materials

One-third cubic foot of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Related Materials

See also: Series 31/6/44, Tony Randall Photographs, c. 1920-1985, and Tony Randall Biographical File, University Archives.

Scope and Contents

The Tony Randall Papers fill four boxes and span the years 1937-1984. The bulk of the papers consists of clippings from newspapers and magazines concerning Randall's career, involvement in politics, social engagements, and biographical pieces. One folder contains Randall's handwritten <emph render="bold">class notes</emph> from courses he took as a student at Northwestern University (1937-1938). The notes are identified by course name, and are decorated with occasional sketches of actors (notably John Barrymore); they also indicate the transition from the future actor's original name, Arthur Rosenberg, to the stage name Anthony Randall.

Clippings, forming the balance of the series, are organized by topic or by specific production, and are arranged chronologically within the folders, with undated materials placed at the end of each folder. <lb/>The <emph render="bold">General</emph> clippings, dating between 1950 and 1984, consist mainly of biographical pieces about Randall's career and personal life. Clippings concerning Randall's social life—articles about charities he attended, parties he was seen at, restaurants he was photographed in—make up a large percentage of these clippings. Other clippings include interviews with Randall, and articles about his character and talent as a whole.

One folder contains clippings of <emph render="bold">articles written by Tony Randall</emph> himself, dating between 1959 and 1974. <emph render="bold">Letters and telegrams</emph> relate to various productions (1957-1970). and span the years and programs from his productions. The folder about Randall's involvement in <emph render="bold">politics</emph> (1960-1983) contains clippings documenting his support for political candidates, his involvement with charities and foundations, and his protests against various events. Another folder holds copies of some of the many <emph render="bold">advertisements</emph> (1957-1984) featuring Randall, either for productions he was in, or for products for which he was a spokesperson.

Randall's attendance at the <emph render="bold">Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre</emph> is documented in one folder of programs from productions in which he appeared during 1938 and 1939.

While most of the clippings relating to Randall's acting career are organized by specific production, general folders reflecting a format—<emph render="bold">Television</emph>, Music and Books, and Theatre—contain clippings concerning one-time appearances or other situations where few clippings were generated. Included in the Television folders, for example, are clippings describing Randall's guest appearances, the television shows and specials that he hosted, and his appearance in awards shows.

The <emph render="bold">Productions</emph> files relate to specific productions—plays, television shows, television specials, and films—that Randall was in. Productions include plays in the theater and plays done for television, musicals, television series, television specials, and films. Spanning the years 1952 to 1985, these folders are arranged chronologically by the date of the production (usually a date span encompassing pre- and post-production clippings) and titled with the name of the production. In some cases, both the original and the later or alternate title are shown (the work's title sometimes changed when a film was made into a play or the reverse). These folders contain mostly reviews of the production from newspapers and magazines, and reviews of Randall's performance. There are also advertisements for the production, articles concerning the development of the project, and articles on the opening or premiers of the productions. Occasionally, there are clippings document problems with the production.

INVENTORY

Productions

Box 2

Folder 10

Othello (never produced)

1951-1964

Box 2

Folder 11

Mr. Peepers (1952-1955)

1952-1959

Box 2

Folder 12

Oh Men! Oh Women!

1954-1963

Box 2

Folder 13

No Down Payment

1957

Box 2

Folder 14

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter

1957-1958

Box 3

Folder 1

The Mating Game

1958-1958

Box 3

Folder 2

Oh Captain!

1958-1976

Box 3

Folder 3

Arms and the Man

1959

Box 3

Folder 4

Hello, Charlie

1959

Box 3

Folder 5

“Holiday on Wheels”

1959

Box 3

Folder 6

Pillow Talk

1959-1963

Box 3

Folder 7

The Second Happiest Day

1959

Box 3

Folder 8

“Summer on Ice”

1959

Box 3

Folder 9

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1959-1962

Box 3

Folder 10

Goodbye Again

1960

Box 3

Folder 11

“Hooray for Love”

1960

Box 3

Folder 12

Let's Make Love

1960

Box 3

Folder 13

The Secret of Freedom

1959-1960

Box 3

Folder 14

Arsenic and Old Lace

1962

Box 3

Folder 15

Boys' Night Out

1961-1962

Box 3

Folder 16

Lover Come Back

1960-1963

Box 3

Folder 17

Island of Love

1962-1963

Box 3

Folder 18

The Brass Bottle

1962-1964

Box 3

Folder 19

Send Me No Flowers

1963-1965

Box 4

Folder 1

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

1964-1984

Box 4

Folder 2

Fluffy

1964-1965

Box 4

Folder 3

UTBU (Unhealthy to be Unpleasant)

1965-1966

Box 4

Folder 4

The Alphabet Murders OR The A.B.C. Murders

1964-1975

Box 4

Folder 5

Bang! Bang! You're Dead OR Our Man in Marrakech

1966

Box 4

Folder 6

The Odd Couple

1967-1979

Box 4

Folder 7

The Wide Open Door

1967

Box 4

Folder 8

Album: 'Vo, Vo, De, Oh, Doe'

1967

Box 4

Folder 9

How Now Dow Jones

1969

Box 4

Folder 10

The Button OR Hello Down There

1967-1970

Box 4

Folder 11

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex—But Were Afraid to Ask

1972

Box 4

Folder 12

The Tony Randall Show

1976-1977

Box 4

Folder 13

The Music Man

1978

Box 4

Folder 14

Foolin' Around

1978-1980

Box 4

Folder 15

Sidney Shore AND Love, Sidney

1981-1984

Box 4

Folder 16

Hitler's SS

1985

Box 1

Folder 1

Northwestern University class notes

1937-1938

Box 1

Folder 3

General Clippings (folder 1)

1950-1968

Box 1

Folder 4

General Clippings (folder 2)

1969-1979

Box 1

Folder 5

General Clippings (folder 3)

1980-1984

Box 1

Folder 6

Articles written by Tony Randall

1959-1974

Box 1

Folder 7

Letters and telegrams

1957-1970

Box 2

Folder 1

Television: General (folder 1)

1941-1967

Box 2

Folder 2

Television: General (folder 2)

1968-1984

Box 2

Folder 3

Music & Books

1958-1985

Box 2

Folder 4

Politics

1960-1983

Box 2

Folder 5

Advertisements

1957-1984

Box 2

Folder 6

APRA Mystery Celebrity

1960

Box 2

Folder 7

The Neighborhood Playhouse School

1938-1939

Box 2

Folder 8

Theater:General

1941-1982

Box 2

Folder 9

Programs and cast lists

1941-1983