Series 4: Scripts and Transcripts, 1937-1970 (4.8 cu. ft.; 12 DB) includes transcripts of interviews with Duke Ellington, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, scripts for motion pictures, musical reviews, and plays written for or by Duke Ellington. The records are organized into three subseries. Subseries 4A: Interviews, 1961-1970, consists of transcripts of interviews with Duke Ellington conducted for various radio and television broadcasts between 1961 and 1970. The records are arranged chronologically. The undated transcripts have been placed at the end of the subseries. Subseries 4B: Scripts, 1941-1970, consists of scripts for motion pictures, musical reviews and plays which Ellington wrote (for example, Man With Four Sides, Boola), or had a major role in writing or producing (For example, Jump For Joy, A Drum Is A Woman). The series also contains scripts submitted to Ellington for possible production (for example, Moon of Mahnomen). Of particular interest are scripts written by Lorraine Lansberry, Langston Hughes, and William Dufty, as well as a script adapted from the play Turcaret, by the French novelist and dramatist, Alain-Rene Lesage (1668-1747). The records are arranged alphabetically by title of production. Unidentified scripts have been placed at the end of the subseries. Subseries 4C: Broadcasts, 1937-1969, consists of radio and television scripts for such programs as the Duke Ellington Swing Concert, the Tommy Dorsey Show, the Carnation Contented Hour, the Dean Martin Show, and the Red Skelton Show. In addition there are numerous Treasury Department scripts used by Ellington to advertise the sale of U.S. Victory and Savings Bonds during World War II. The records are arranged chronologically. The undated materials have been placed at the end of the subseries.
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