Rathbone, Basil (1892-1967)
Scope:
The Basil Rathbone collection primarily consists of manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, professional material, memorabilia, as well as material regarding Rathbone's wife Ouida Bergere Rathbone.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of scripts and teleplays by various authors as well as poetry written by Rathbone. Play scripts include The Captive (1926); Judas (1929); and A Kiss of No Importance (1930). Scripts for musical productions include King David (1954) and The Abduction from the Seraglio (1956). Radio scripts include Elza Schallert Reviews (1938) and Dream World (1951). Teleplays include Mr. Scrooge (1956). Manuscripts of poems include various holographs of unpublished poems by Rathbone

Photographs in the collection are mainly production skills and prints of Rathbone from various theatre, television and film productions. Projects include Twelfth Night (1912); As You Like It (1913); Henry V (1914); Fedora (1920); Peter Ibbetson (1920); The Command to Love (1927); Julius Caesar (1927); A Kiss of No Importance (1930); The Adventures of Marco Polo (1937); The Adventures of Robin Hood (1937); Sherlock Holmes (1939-1946); Mr. Scrooge (1956); The Magic Sword (1962); and his White House performance (1963) for President John Kennedy. Notable individuals include Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Janet Gaynor, Cary Grant, Leslie Howard, Maria Lohr, and Cole Porter among others. Also present are two personal albums with photographs taken in England (1924-1934) and California (1930).

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters dating from 1911 to 1963. Notable correspondents include George Arthur, Arthur Conan Doyle, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Reginald Gardiner, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (includes multiple letters on personally embroidered White House stationery), Marie Löhr, Raymond Massey, Eugene Ormandy, Christopher Plummer, Lucille Watson, and Blanche Yurka.

Professional material includes scrapbooks for various professional productions including newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, and reviews dating from 1935 to 1962, as well programs and playbills. Productions featured in scrapbooks include David Copperfield (1933); A Tale of Two Cities (1935); Romeo and Juliet (1936); Make a Wish (1937); Robin Hood (1938); Dawn Patrol (1938); The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Sun Never Sets (1938); and The Mad Doctor (1940).

Memorabilia includes certificates from the National War Fund Citation for Meritorious Service (1943) and the United States Treasury Department (1945) and artwork of Rathbone (1965).

Material in the collection regarding Ouida Bergere Rathbone includes manuscripts of theatre and film productions and scrapbooks of professional material. Manuscripts of plays written by Bergere Rathbone include The Eternal Flame (1922); The Dark Angel (1925); Suburbia Comes to Paradise (1929); and The Vicious Circle (1953). Film scripts include The Maelstrom (1917). Other material includes a scrapbook of films directed by George Fitzmaurice with scenarios by Bergere Rathbone (1921-1922) and a scrapbook entitled "Mrs. Basil Rathbone's Hollywood Guild Charity Party, 'A Night at St. Mortiz'" (1939-1940).
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Notable Figures
1. Rathbone, Basil, 1892-1967
2. Rathbone, Ouida Bergere, 1887-1974
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Motion picture industry
3. Poems
4. Actors
5. Celebrities -- California -- Los Angeles.
6. Scripts
7. Scrapbooks
8. Theater
9. Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
10. Radio
11. Photographs
12. Motion pictures