Worth, Marvin (1925-1998)

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The Marvin Worth collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, printed material, audio material, film and video, professional material, and correspondence.

Manuscripts include drafts of screenplays, including The Autobiography of Malcolm X by James Baldwin; Lenny by Julian Barry; Foreigners by Brad Buckner and Eugene Ross-Leming; Proud Dreamer by Michael Cimino; Amazing Grace, Breaking Up, and The Lady and the Clarinet, by Michael Cristofer; Unfaithfully Yours by Valerie Curtin and Berry Levinson; Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis; The Park Girls by Harvey Fierstein; Miles by Charles Fuller; The X-Men and Hot Fingers by Lawrence Holder; James Dean by Israel Horovitz; Norma Jean and Marilyn by Jill Isaacs; If Wishes Were Horses by Neal Israel, Stuart Birnbaum, and W.P. Kinsella; The Distinguished Gentleman by Marty Kaplan; Soup for One by Jonathan Kaufer; Patty: The Patricia Hearst Story by Nicholas Kazan; On the Beach and The Rose by Bill Kirby; Where’s Poppa and Fire Sale by Robert Klane; The Autograph Hound by John Lahr; Flashback by David Loughery; Malcolm X by David Mamet; Gia by Jay McInerny; Target Practice by Nicholas Meyer; Sea of Love by Richard Price, JoJo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling by Richard Pryor and Paul Mooney; Rhinestone by Phil Alden Robinson; Diabolique by Dan Roos and William Boyd; Lenny Bruce by Larry Shiller; See No Evil, Hear No Evil by Arne Sultan; Traveling Man by David Taylor; and The Disappearance by Philip Wylie, among many others.

Photographs include contact sheets of movie stills from Lenny (1974); Fire Sale (1978); The Rose (1979); Falling in Love (1984); Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986); See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989); Diabolique (1996); as well as black and white and color prints of Worth on various sets and scenes from movies.

Printed material consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about various Worth productions, and magazines with articles and reviews about Worth productions, among other materials.

Audio material includes film reels of music and sound tracks from various Marin Worth productions, speeches and recorded discussions and interviews, audio cassettes pertaining to Marvin Worth productions, and phonograph records, among other materials.

Film and video includes video cassettes, VHS tapes, and film reels of Marvin Worth productions. Also included are reel-to-reel and video tapes relating to Worth’s documentary on Malcolm X, including interviews with Spike Lee. Also present are video tapes of various Lenny Bruce shows and the film Lenny.

Professional material includes financial and legal papers, including agreements, depositions, and court transcripts relating to Worth’s productions. Also included are planner, calendars, phone message books, rolodex files and memo books kept by Worth from 1963 to 1997.

Correspondence consists of legal and professional letters between Worth and lawyers, directors, investors, business managers, an others regarding productions from 1963 to 1997. Also included are personal letters from 1971 to 1988. Also present are correspondence between Malcom X and his wife, Betty Shabazz, as well as letters between Lenny Bruce and his secretary, district attorneys, his agent, and others.

Notable Figures
1. Worth, Marvin
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Humor, Comedy, and Satire Subject Guide