Conried, Hans (1917-1982)

The Hans Conried collection includes manuscripts, artwork, awards, correspondence, subject files, photographs, printed material, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection consists of screenplays, teleplays, and scripts for various productions in which Conried participated.

Screenplays in the collection include Dramatic School (1938); It’s a Wonderful World (1939); Dulcy (1940); Unexpected Uncle (1941); Blondie’s Blessed Event (1942); The Big Street (1942); Nightmare (1942); Barbee-Cues (short, 1942); Hostages (1943); Crazy House (1943); His Butler’s Sister (1943); Passage to Marseille (1944); The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947); My Friend Irma (1949); Nancy Goes to Rio (1950); Summer Stock (1950); Rich, Young and Pretty (1951); Behave Yourself! (1951); Texas Carnival (1951); Too Young to Kiss (1951); I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951); The Light Touch (1952); Three for Bedroom C (1952); Big Jim McLain (1952); The World in His Arms (1952); The Twonky (1953); Siren of Baghdad (1953); The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953); Bus Stop (1956); 1001 Arabian Nights (1959); The Magic Fountain (1961); Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964); The Brothers O’Toole (1973); and The Shaggy D.A. (1976).

Teleplays in the collection include “My Rival is a Fiddle,” season 1, episode 12 of Stars Over Hollywood (1950); “These Latins,” season 1, episode 3 of Mr. & Mrs. North (1952); Pantomime Quiz (1952); “Dry with Three Olives,” episode of Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (1954); “The Miracle on 34th Street,” season 1, episode 6 of The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955); “My Friends, the Birds,” season 3, episode 8 of Studio 57 (1956); “Eloise,” season 1, episode 8 of Playhouse 90 (1956); “The Killer,” season 1, episode 33 of Code 3 (1957); Hansel and Gretel, film for TV (1958); The Alphabet Conspiracy, film for TV (1959); “A Taste of Champagne,” season 6, episode 25 and “The American Cowboy,” season 7, episode 12 of The United States Steel Hour (1959 and 1960); Feathertop, film for TV (1961); Private Eye, Private Eye, film for TV (1961); An Age of Kings, TV mini-series (1961-1962); Insight, TV series (1962); “Hold-Up!” season 3, episode 3 of The DuPont Show of the Week (1963); Fractured Flickers, TV series (1963); Kismet, film for TV (1967); “Orlando, the Prophet,” season 4, episode 22 of Daniel Boone (1968); Make Room for Granddaddy, TV series (1970-1971); The Hobbit, film for TV (1977); The Tony Randall Show, TV series (1977-1978); She Loves Me, film for TV (1978); Barefoot in the Park, film for TV (1981); and American Dream, TV series (1981).

Stage plays in the collection (date given represent Conreid’s participation in the production) include Anatol, by Arthur Schnitzler (ca. 1931); Conversation at Midnight, by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1937); Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmund Rostand (1940-1950); The Winslow Boy, by Terrence Rattigan (1946); Volpone, by Ben Jonson (1956); Tall Story, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (1959-1964); When in Rome, by Austin Major (1960); Send Me No Flowers, by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore (1960-1963); Becket, by Jean Anouilh (1962); Love and Kisses, by Anita Rowe Block (1963); Semi-Detached, by David Turner (1963); Take Her, She’s Mine, by Phoebe and Henry Ephron (1963-1964); Absence of a Cello, by Ira Wallach (1964-1970); The Miser, by Molière (1967); Don’t Drink the Water, by Woody Allen (1968-1978); Spofford, by Herman Shumlin (1969-1970); Norman, Is That You? by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark (1970-1972); How the Other Half Loves, by Alan Ayckbourn (1971-1975); The Sunshine Boys, by Neil Simon (1972-1978); No Hard Feelings, by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark (ca. 1973); Something Old, Something New, by Henry Denker (Morosco Theatre, New York, 1976-1977); and Horowitz and Mrs. Washington, by Henry Denker (1980).

Musicals represented in the collection include Can-Can, by Abe Burrows and Cole Porter (Shubert Theatre, New York, 1953-1955); The Student Prince, by Dorothy Donnelly, music by Sigmund Romberg (1956-1972); La Plume de Ma Tante by Robert Dhéry, music by Gerard Calvi, lyrics by Ross Parker and Francis Blanche (1958); Song of Norway, by Milton Lazarus, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest (1959); Do You Know the Milky Way? by Karl Wittinger, music by Alex Fry, lyrics by Lyon Phelps (1961); John Brown’s Body, by Stephen Vincent Benet, music by Walter Schumann (1962-1964); How to Be a Jewish Mother, by Seymour Vall, music by Michael Leonard, lyrics by Herbert Martin (ca. 1967-1968); Rosalinda, by Johann Strauss and Paul Kerby (1968); 70, Girls, 70, by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin, music by John Kander (Broadhurst Theatre, 1971); My Fair Lady, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe (1973); Irene, by Hugh Wheeler and Joseph Stein, music by Harry Tierney (Minskoff Theatre, New York, 1973-1974); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (1979); and Never Too Late, by Sumner Arthur Long and Jerry Bock (1981).

Other manuscripts in the collection include poetry and several short stories. The authors are unknown.

Artwork in the collection includes a pencil sketch of a young Conried (1934); a watercolor of Conried (undated); and a pencil-and-ink sketch of the character “Mister Magoo,” inscribed to Conried (1980).

Awards and certificates in the collection include Conried’s Radio Life Distinguished Achievement Awards (1946-1947 and 1947-1948); Award of Merit from the Actors’ Fund of America (1962); Hollywood Overseas Committee Certificate of Appreciation (1970); ASIFA Award (1978); National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences award nomination for The Hobbit (1978); “Grand Alfie” (1980); a “thank-you” card regarding Hanna-Barbera Productions’ 25th anniversary; and other items.

Correspondence in the collection consists of approximately thirty-five items, dating from 1951 to 1982. Notable correspondents include Joan Crawford, Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Carl Sandburg, and Jimmy Stewart.

Subject files in the collection consist of various items arranged by Conried around specific topics. Subjects include Harry Walker, Inc.; lecture tours (1963 and 1965); an Oak Ridge Community Playhouse appearance (1962); and a Philippine hospital visit (1970).

Photographs in the collection primarily consist of images regarding Conried’s stage and screen appearances. Productions represented include Absence of a Cello; Barefoot in the Park; Can-Can; Daniel Boone; Don’t Drink the Water; Feathertop; How the Other Half Loves; Insight; Irene; John Brown’s Body; Kismet; My Fair Lady; Norman, Is That You?; The Pleasure of his Company; Private Eye, Private Eye; Second Time Around; 70, Girls, 70; Something Old, Something New; Spofford; The Student Prince; Stump the Stars; The Sunshine Boys; Take Her, She’s Mine; Tall Story, the Tony Randall Show; Make Room for Granddaddy ; and When in Rome . Other photographs include Conried with Orson Welles (1949); Jack Paar in Japan (1962); Conried in Louisville, Kentucky (1972); and Conried on a lecture tour (1972-1973).

Printed material primarily consists of newspaper clippings, programs, brochures, posters, and publicity items regarding Conried’s performances. The material dates from 1942 to 1977. Also present is “Dr. Terwilliker’s Piano Excercises,” promotional sheet music for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T .

Other items in the collection include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (pre-1954); a long-playing record album featuring Conried, titled “Monster Rally”; and other miscellaneous items.

Notable Figures
1. Conried, Hans
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Radio Subject Guide
3. Actors -- United States
4. Theater – United States
5. Motion picture industry – United States
6. Scrapbooks
7. Photographs