Arrighi, Mel (1933-1986)

The Mel Arrighi collection includes manuscripts, notebooks, photographs, printed material, financial material, correspondence, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts for novels by Arrighi in the collection include Freak-Out (Putnam, 1968); An Ordinary Man (Peter Wyden, 1970); Daddy Pig (Bobbs-Merrill, 1974); The Death Collection (Popular Library, 1975); The Hatchet Man (Harcourt, 1975); Navona 1000 (Bobbs-Merrill, 1976); Turkish White (Harcourt, 1977); Delphine (Atheneum, 1978); On Tour (Atheneum, 1979); Alter Ego (St. Martin’s, 1983); and Chosen Parents (St. Martin’s Press, 1986). Apparently unpublished and/or unfinished novels in the collection include The Baby Teaser, The Debonair Woman, The Devil in Crystal, The Edge, Hoddy and the Wolf, Justin, The Killer Ape, A Penny for Your Thoughts, Satyr Play, Spanish Candy, That Man in the White House, Time for the Masques, and The Unicorn in Captivity .

Manuscripts for stage plays by Arrighi include An Ordinary Man (first produced off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre, Sep. 9, 1968; published by Dramatists Play Service, 1969); The Castro Complex (first produced in New York City at the Stairway Theatre, Nov. 18, 1970; published by Dramatists Play Service, 1971); and The Unicorn in Captivity (first produced in New York City at the Impossible Ragtime Theatre, Nov. 3, 1978). Other plays by Arrighi in the collection include City Living (three one-act plays); The Little Pansy ; Requiem ; The Saint Who Lost His Halo ; The Soul of Johnson Caesar ; Three Silent Things ; and seven untitled plays.

Screenplays by Arrighi include Alter Ego, Chosen Parents, Cuba, The Debonair Woman, End of the Line (synopsis), Harrington, Hoddy, Mafia (outline), Montgomery Clift, Operation Little Green Men, The S. S. France, Sam on the Beach, Stress Training, and Unnatural Causes .

Teleplays by Arrighi include scripts for the series Alfred Hitchock Presents ; The Bombardier ; Love of Life; McCloud (episode 11, “The Disposal Man,” aired Dec. 29, 1971); Newton ; NYPD ; and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, as well as sixty-five episodes for the daytime serial The Secret Storm . The collection also includes outlines and sketches for various television series, including Ben Casey; Doctor Kildare; Jamie McPheeters; Mr. Novak; Trials of O’Brien; Vertical and Horizontal ; and The Virginian .

The collection also includes various short stories, non-fiction articles, poems, and radio plays by Arrighi, as well as several of his student papers.

The collection includes six notebooks by Arrighi regarding story ideas, outlines, and personal notes.

Photographs in the collection include prints of Arrighi taken by photographer Bob Henriques in New York City, ca. 1959. These include two prints of Arrighi with writer Patricia Bosworth. Other professional photographs in the collection include the cast of The Castro Complex, including actors Terry Kiser, Marian Hailey, Raul Julia, and director James Burrows; and various images of Arrighi acting on stage.

Also in the collection are several personal photographs regarding Arrighi and his family, including one print dated 1939.

Printed material in the collection includes two items by Arrighi, “Modern Murder” (printed in Leisure) and “Maureen O’Sullivan” (printed in Ladies Home Companion). The collection also includes several items about Arrighi, as well as reviews of his writing and productions in which he acted. Also included are promotional advertisements for Arrighi’s plays, book jackets for On Tour and Manhattan Gothic, programs for The Castro Complex, See How They Run and City Living, and a map of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Financial material in the collection includes tax returns and other miscellaneous documents.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters dating from 1958 to 1986. Included are two letters from Arrighi to Otto Preminger.

Memorabilia in the collection includes Arrighi’s college diploma, his marriage certificate, his death certificate, and passports for his brother and father.

Notable Figures
1. Arrighi, Mel
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Television Subject Guide
4. Plays
5. Short stories
6. Alfred Hitchcock presents (Television program)
7. Authors, American
8. Television authorship – United States
9. NYPD (Television program)
10. Secret storm (Television serial)
11. McCloud (Television program)
12. Screenplays
13. Novels
14. Television writers – United States
15. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Television program)
16. Scripts
17. Television serials
18. Television scripts
19. American literature--20th century