Arnold, Edward (1890-1956)

The Edward Arnold collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, printed material, and memorabilia.

The manuscript by Arnold in the collection is his autobiography Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood: The Autobiography of Edward Arnold, written with Frances Fisher Dubuc and published in 1940.

The other manuscript in the collection is the teleplay “Deal a Blow,” written by Robert Dozier for the television series Climax! (episode 38, aired Aug. 25, 1955) with Arnold playing the role of Lt. Shipley. This episode was directed by John Frankenheimer, who later expanded this script into his first feature length film, The Young Stranger (1957).

The correspondence in the collection dates from 1929 to 1955, and consists of personal and professional letters (and four recipes) to and from Arnold. Several are from various Hollywood personalities; many others reflect Arnold’s involvement with charities and public service.

The photographs in the collection cover both Arnold’s professional career and his personal life. Numerous film stills are present, from Arnold’s roles in Vultures of Society (1916); Whistling in the Dark (1933); Sadie McKee (1934); Thirty Day Princess (1934); Cardinal Richilieu (1935); Crime and Punishment (1935); Diamond Jim (1935); Come and Get It (1936); Sutter’s Gold (1936); Easy Living (1937); Toast of New York (1937); The Crowd Roars (1938); Let Freedom Ring (1939); You Can’t Take It With You (1938); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Johnny Apollo (1940); Lillian Russell (1940); Slightly Honorable (1940); Design for Scandal (1941); The Devil and Daniel Webster (also identified as All that Money Can Buy ; 1941); Lady from Cheyenne (1941); Unholy Partners (1941); Eyes in the Night (1942); Johnny Eager (1942); and War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942), as well as other miscellaneous productions.

Other professional photographs of Arnold include portraits (1937) and head shots; Arnold with various celebrities; publicity shots of Arnold at home, playing, etc.; and others.

Personal photographs in the collection include several photographs of Arnold with his family and friends (including an album of family photos, 1941-1955), as well as several of Arnold working with charities or the U.S. Armed Services. Included in this group is a photograph of Arnold with U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman.

The scrapbooks in the collection were assembled by Arnold, and their contents vary. Two items are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, one dated ca. 1915-1925, and the other dated ca. 1923-1937. The third scrapbook is labeled “Paris, Fall 1955.”

Printed material in the collection includes Arnold’s short book Edward Arnold Shows You How to Carve (Ecko Products, Co., 1945), as well as various playbills, member cards, invitations, and newspaper clippings.

Memorabilia in the collection includes awards for Arnold, including a plaque from the American Federation of Radio Artists, 1939-1940; a plaque from the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Clinic, 1943; and a plaque from the Australian government regarding the Victory Loan.

The collection also includes an address book with notations in Arnold’s hand.

Notable Figures
1. Arnold, Edward, 1890-1956
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Actors -- United States -- Photographs
3. Motion picture industry – United States
4. Autobiographies
5. Scrapbooks
6. Character actors and actresses -- United States
7. Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
8. Photographs