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Edward Anhalt Screenplay Collection

Identifier: 2012-090-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 95 items including drafts, revisions, notes, correspondence, research materials, articles, proposals, synopses, scripts, manuscripts, notecards, and videocassettes for screenplays written by Edward Anhalt during his career as a screenwriter for television, movies, and plays. Plaques, awards, and certificates of achievement are also included in the collection.


  • 1950 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Born March 28, 1914. Died September 3, 2000.

A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Edward Anhalt started his career in early television before turning to writing and producing films, often in collaboration with his wife Edna Anhalt. A prolific screenwriter, Anhalt and his wife won an Academy Award for Panic in the Streets (1950). He got his second Oscar for Becket (1964).

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11.25 Linear Feet (9 cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection contains 95 items from screenwriter Edward Anhalt.


This collection is arranged by series:

Series 1, Film

Series 2, Adaptations

Series 3, Television

Series 4, Unproduced scripts

Series 5, Articles/Photographs/Books

Series 6, Awards

Series 7, Videocassettes

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Julie Rice in June 2012.

Separated Materials

The following materials were destroyed due to mold damage:

1 bound screenplay for "Alexander the Great"

1 synopsis for "Contract on Cherry Street"

1 bound screenplay for "The Almost People"

1 bound draft for "Riverworld"

1 bound revised structure for "The Third World War"

1 copy of "The Waltz of the Toreadors"

Physical Description

Many of the materials are dusty and show various signs of age. Some suffer from previous water and mold damage.


The materials came with an original inventory list as follows: Box 1: Panic in The Streets Not As a Stranger Member of the Wedding Eight Iron Men The Devil's Advocate An Affair of Strangers The Killing Zone Splendora The Holocroft Covenant Jeremiah Johnson Green Ice (structure) The Belli File Convention (tx) A Time for Killing The Waltz of teh Toreadors (structure and correspondance) The Day That Christ Died (only reviews) WWIII (revised structure) CIA (revisions) Awards- Panic in the ST. The Sniper The Devil's Advocate An Affair of Strangers Santa The Almost People (Orig-correspondance-revision, suggestions by Mort Abram) The Battle for The City Prisoner of Honor (notes, revisions, drafts) Roots The Neon Empire Alexander the Great

Box 2: VHS- The Young Savages Beckett VHS-The Day That Christ Died Leave Her to Heaven (cards) structure Alexander the Great (bible) Day Christ Died (reviews & correspondance) The Salzberg Connection The Man in the Glass Booth Boeing-Boeing The Boston Strangler The Mad Woman of Chaillot Man on a Nylon String Bugsy Siegal Contract on Cherry Street The Young Lions (awards) The Boston Strangler (") Beckett (award) The Young Lions (theater card) Jeremiah Johnson ('') Panic in the Streets (award) The Sniper (award) Peter the Great (award) QB VII (award) The Man in the Glass Booth (WGA nomination)

Screenplays Box 1 Mayer & Thalberg 1978 The Big Kill 1953 Sacco & Vanzetti 1963 In Enemy Country 1964 Decision @ Delphi 1962 Loving Strangers Kate's Place 1975 Family TX Project 1971 Ryan & Co. The Disappearance Riverworld Third World War Ark of Dr. Holister Bugsy Siegel 1969 The Law & Tombstone 1966 Beckett Boys in the Mailroom 1982

Box 2 Boys in the Mailroom 1982 Last Summer @ Bluefish Cove 1986 Scanlan 1976 Luther 1972 New Untouchables Jefferson The Take 1988 The Athena Crisis 1977 Decision at Delphi 1961 TV Guide: Controversy Over The Day That Christ Died 1980 Roots: Next Generation 1977

Box 3 The Killing Zone Splendora 1983 Affair of Strangers 1978 Devil's Advocate Salzburg Connection 1969 Holcroft Covenant 1984 Saga of Jeremiah Johnson 1970 Man in the Glass Booth 1974 Almost People/Midtown Boeing/Boeing 1964 Leave Her to Heaven 1985 Boston Strangler 1968 Man on a Nylon String 1970

Box 4 QB VII (1,3,4) Man on Nylon String 1968 Third City Sea Hawk 1984 Bugsy Siegel 1969 Luciano 1976 The Mob 1987 Beethoven 1988 Final Approach 1987 Almost People

Box 5 The Ark of Dr. Hollister Decision at Delphi The Devil's Advocate 1966 Green Ice 1978 Contract on Cherry Street 1977 Affair in Arcady 1960 Almost People #8 Wall Street (Edna/Edward) 1950 Loving Strangers The Belli File Fire A Matter of Conviction 1960 Day of the Champion 1965 Thomas & The King 1975 Mixed Doubles 1985 The Fourth City Arafat & rabin The Messenger

Box 6 Rabin CIA 1980 WWIII Waltz of The Toreadors 1979 Time for Killing Convention The Belli File 1981 Forty-Eight Hours Saga of J. Johnson 1970 TV Guide "Day C. Died" Green Ice Structure Killing Zone Almost People notes 1980 The Battle for the City An Affair of Strangers Roots: The Next generation Contract on Cherry Street (bound) Neon Empire 1986 Alexander the Great Battle for the City Book: Blueprint on Babylong Article E. Anhalt Santa Claus Prisoner of Honor 1986

Box 7 Santa Claus 1993 Apostles 1992 Peter the Great Peter the Great (bible) Rachmaninov Day C. Died (synopsis) The Translator (tyndale) Prisoner of Honor 1987 Alexander the Great 1991

Box 8 Alexander the Great (bible) Day Christ Died 1979 Leave Her to Heaven CIA 1980 Madwoman of Chaillot 1966 Neon Empire (bible) 1986 Bugsy Siegel Apostles 1992

Finding Aid for the Edward Anhalt screenplay collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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