Patrick, John (1905-1995)
Scope:
The John Patrick collection contains manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs, printed material, and other items.

Most of the manuscripts in the collection are stage plays and film scripts written by Patrick. The plays are mostly typescript or carbons of typed drafts, and frequently have holograph corrections. Several scripts are mimeographs. A few titles exist in multiple drafts and several others are accompanied by programs, notes, newspaper articles about the production and photographs.

 Play scripts include The Willow and I (1941); The Hasty Heart (1945); The Story of Mary Surratt (also called This Gentle Ghost, 1947); Lo and Behold (1951); The Teahouse of the August Moon (1954); Bleak House (1957); Juniper and the Pagans (1959); Everybody Loves Opal (1961); It’s Been Wonderful (1963); Earth and High Heaven (undated); Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris (musical book, 1968); Never On Sunday (musical book; premiered in New York City as Illya Darling, 1967); Everybody’s Girl (1968); and Scandal Point (1968).

Screenplays include a mix of treatments and various full-length script drafts. Titles include Take Three Tenses (released as Enchantment, 1948); The President’s Lady (1952), Three Coins in a Fountain (1953); A Many-Splendored Thing (1954); Mister Roberts (1955); High Society (1955); Les Girls (1956); Some Came Running (1958); Parrish (1959); The World of Suzie Wong (1960); Gigot (1961); The Main Attraction (1962); The Other Side of the Mountain (1962); The Hunt For Kimathi (1966); Bloomer Girl (1967); The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968); A Candle for St. Jude (undated); A Feather In Her Hat (undated); and a treatment titled I Thank A Fool (undated).

The most prominent items of memorabilia are ten scrapbooks devoted to projects written by Patrick. These books include newspaper and magazine articles, programs, photographs, notes on the productions and telegrams and letters. Shows represented in scrapbooks are Good As Gold, The Curious Savage, Lo And Behold, The Hasty Heart, The Story of Mary Surratt, Everybody Loves Opal, and Teahouse of the August Moon . There is also a good deal of memorabilia regarding worldwide productions of Teahouse ; these include items from Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Germany, England, Japan and Mexico, as well as numerous productions across the United States.

Photographs in the collection consist of prints regarding the world tour of Teahouse of the August Moon . These photos include such notable figures as Burgess Meredith, Eli Wallach, John Forsythe and Eddie Bracken. There are also photographs and publicity items for some of Patrick’s other plays, as well as a mounted Teahouse photo showing John Forsythe, David Wayne and Paul Ford.

Printed material includes magazines containing articles about Patrick’s plays. These exist in both full-issue and tearsheet form. Titles include Il Drama (Italian), Theatre Arts, Esquire, Life, The Hollywood Reporter, The Saturday Spectator, and Town and Country .

Correspondence in the collection includes several letters pertaining to productions of Patrick’s plays. Included are letters to and from Patrick to producers, actors, and various legal, financial and technical departments. These items date from about 1956 to 1968. The general correspondence includes letters from John Chapman, Norman Cousins, Alec Guinness, Miriam Howell, Sol Jacobson, Burgess Meredith, and Robert Sherwood; these letters date from 1947 to 1964.

Other items include one reel of film, a trailer announcing a movie version of Teahouse of the August Moon . It is approximately 500’, equivalent of about 4 minutes running time.

Also present in the collection are two watercolor set paintings for The Story of Mary Surratt and Teahouse, two mounted board posters for Teahouse, and a framed tearsheet about Teahouse from Sunday News (1954).
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Notable Figures
1. Patrick, John, 1905-1995
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