Turell, Saul (1921-1986)
Scope:
The Saul Turell collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, printed material, legal material, film reels, and other material.

Manuscripts in the collection include background research and screenplay treatments for The Perils of Pauline (1978); drafts of American Dynasties: Portraits of Fame and Power and Ladies of the White House; and drafts of Whitetail the Deer and The Further Adventures of Whitetail the Deer (both 1985), adapted from George Ethelbert Walsh’s series of novels. Other manuscripts include Doctor Knock, by Jules Romains (1953) and Rope Daltry, by Jeff Lieberman (1978).

Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of letters regarding Janus Films. These letters are extensive, and date from 1972-1985.Other correspondence includes letters to and from various museums, for What Makes a Museum; letters regarding research and promotion for the Swedish film My Home is Copacabana (Mitt hem ar Copacabana, 1965); and numerous letters from various publications regarding The Crater.

Professional material in the collection includes extensive material, including study guides, regarding Turell’s groundbreaking series The Art of Film (1976), with numerous items regarding episode seven, “Vintage Hitchcock,” and episode eleven, “The Role of Women in the Movies”; background research, outlines, letters, and film stills regarding The Love Goddesses (1965); research and other items for the television series Reel Journeys; research, a bibliography, and other material for The Crater; background material for the script to Inn of the Flying Dragon (released as The Sleep of Death, 1981); numerous items regarding the production of Whitetail the Deer, Washer the Racoon, and Bobby Gray Squirrel’s Adventure, all adapted from a series of novels by George Ethelbert Walsh (see manuscripts, above); research material on Israel Berman, who wrote the Turrell-produced animated television series Cap’n Sailorbird (1959) and actor Matthew Bradley; and various items regarding Broadway productions, bi-lingual education, and M-G-M studios. Additional professional material includes telephone logs and business calendars from Janus Films, dating from 1976 to 1986.

Printed material in the collection includes printed scripts for Tale of Two Cities and The Crater; several editions of the Classics Illustrated comic books from the 1940s and 1950s; a biography of Charlie Chaplin; and several film industry newsletters, including Lionheart and Screen News Digest.

Legal material material in the collection includes contracts for numerous projects, as well as various foreign distribution contracts.

Film reels in the collection include several episodes of The Art of Film on 16mm reels; several 16mm reels of silent films, probably used for Turell’s television series Silents Please (1960-1961); several early short documentary features by Turell in 16mm, including Big Moments in Sports, Old San Francisco, The Vanishing El, and many others; a print of The Legend of Rudolph Valentino (1961) on two 16mm reels; and several short children’s films on 35mm reels, possibly made for Turell’s Sterling Films.

Other material in the collection includes various items regarding Paul Robeson, for Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979); numerous items regarding Reel Journeys; material regarding various television programs, both produced and unproduced; numerous items regarding Academy Award-winning short films; various items regarding film festivals and appearances around the world; material regarding Sterling Communications; and various items regarding What Makes a Museum.
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Notable Figures
1. Turell, Saul J., 1921-1986
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide