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Ernie Kovacs collection

Finding aid prepared by John Brockman, 2014 March

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
Creator
Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962
Title
Ernie Kovacs collection
Collection no.
2193
Date [inclusive]
1951-1961
Extent
4.0 Linear feet, 4 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
This collection primarily contains scripts, rundowns, and notes from the career of Ernie Kovacs, circa 1951-1961. The collection also contains small amounts of other production material including treatments, prop lists, guest lists, cue sheets, lyric sheets, and other related items.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Ernie Kovacs collection, Collection no. 2193, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919, Ernie Kovacs began his career working in radio, then later went on to become one of television's early pioneers in the 1950's. Known for his spontaneity, Kovacs is considered to be one of the first innovators of television sketch comedy, and his use of visual illusions, special effects, and sight gags were unlike anything seen before on television. In May of 1962, Kovacs won an Emmy for his series of half-hour television specials for ABC. The award was given posthumously, as Kovacs was killed in an automobile crash on January 13 of that year.

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Scope and Content

This collection primarily contains scripts, rundowns, and notes from the career of Ernie Kovacs, circa 1951-1961. The collection also contains small amounts of other production material including treatments, prop lists, guest lists, cue sheets, lyric sheets, and other related items.

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Arrangement

The Ernie Kovacs collection is organized into two series. The first series is entitled "Show Scripts", and the material is arranged chronologically. The second series is entitled "Bit Scripts" and begins with Box 3: Folder 38. The material is arranged alphabetically by Title starting with Box 4: Folder 7. The material from Box 3: Folder 38 to Box 4: Folder 6 is not arranged alphabetically, but is dated from 1954-1956.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
2014 March
Doheny Memorial Library G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0185
213-740-3994
ctlibarc@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Television scripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Kovacs, Ernie, 1919-1962 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Comedy sketches--Archival resources
  • Television broadcasting--Archival resources
  • Television comedies--Archival resources
  • Television comedy writers--Archival resources
  • Television commercials--Archival resources
  • Television personalities--United States--Archival resources
  • Television programs--Archival resources
  • Television series--Archival resources
  • Television writers--United States--Archival resources
  • Television--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Show Scripts 

Box Folder

 Ernie In Kovacs Land 1951 

1 1

 Kovacs On The Corner 1952 

1 2

 Kovacs Unlimited 1952-1953 

1 3-100

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The 1953-1956 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 1-24
    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 27-45
    Box Folder
Textual materials   1 101-129
    Box Folder
Textual materials   3 1-13

Box Folder

 Tonight Show, The 1955 

Scope and Content

Rundown, Script

2 25

 Jack Paar Show, The 1955 

Scope and Content

Prop List

2 26

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #1) 1956 

3 14

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #2) 1956 

3 15

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #3) 1956 

3 16

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #4) 1956 

3 17

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #5) 1956 

3 18

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #6) 1956 

3 19

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #7) 1956 

3 20

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #8) 1956 

3 21

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Night #9) 1956 

3 22

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Tonight) 1956 

3 23-26

 Ernie Kovacs Show, The (Color Special) 1957 

Scope and Content

Second Draft Script, Final Draft, Review, Rehearsal Schedule, Prop List, P-1, Dwight Newton

3 27

 Perry Como Show, The 1957 

Scope and Content

First Draft Script

3 28

 Producer's Showcase "Festival Of Magic" 1957 

Scope and Content

Script Segment

3 29

 Kovacs On Music 1959 

3 30

 TAGL Show (ABC) 1960 

3 31

 Ernie Kovacs Special (#2) 1961 

3 32

 Ernie Kovacs Special (#3) 1961 

3 33

 Ernie Kovacs Special (#6) 1961 

3 34

 Ernie Kovacs Special (#7) 1961 

3 35

 Medicine Man "A Pony For Chris" 1961 

Scope and Content

Script, Harry Ackerman

3 36

 Operation Mad Ball 1957 

3 37

 Operation Mad Ball "Preview" undated 

3 38

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Series 2:  Bit Scripts 

Box Folder

 Daniel Vigilant 1955 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 6/10, 6/15, 6/16, 6/30, 7/1

3 39-42

 Martin Krutch 1954-1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 8/16, 2/2, 3/2, 3/21, 4/27, 5/4, 6/5, 6/11, 6/12, 6/19, 7/4, 7/5, 7/11, 7/25

3 43

 Kapusta Kid 1955-1956 

Scope and Content

Scripts, Dates include: 12/14, 1/24, 1/27, 2/1, 2/9, 2/15, 2/17, 2/22, 2/28, 3/1, 3/5, 3/8, 3/12, 3/15, 3/22, 4/11, 5/9, 6/20

3 44

 Space Commuter 1955 

Scope and Content

Scripts, Dates include: 6/7, 6/15-6/17

4 1-2

 Uncle Gruesome 1955 

Scope and Content

Scripts, Dates include: 9/5, 9/7, 9/12, 9/22-9/23, 9/26-9/30, 10/3

4 3-6

 Ailen Whalan undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet

4 7

 Alexander Nit undated 

4 8

 Arlington Pure undated 

4 9

 Astrology undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 10

 At Home With Lorelei Latour undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 11

 Audio Lost 1956 

4 12

 Audio Man 1956 

4 13

 Baseball undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 14

 Bathing Beauty undated 

4 15

 Big Fat World undated 

4 16

 Bits, Dancing Baldersons 1956 

4 17

 Bits, Charlie Clod 1956 

4 17

 Bits, Plug Bit 1956 

4 17

 Bits, Horse Bit 1956 

4 17

 Biff Briswell 1956 

4 17

 Pick Your Expert undated 

4 17

 Superclod 1956 

4 17

 Dramatic Critic, The undated 

4 17

 Smeared Window 1956 

4 17

 Traynor Bevel, Antique Appraiser undated 

4 17

 Who Dat undated 

4 17

 Bits International undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet

4 18

 Blue Jeans undated 

4 19

 Book Reviews undated 

4 20

 Breakfast Skit 1956 

Scope and Content

Scripts Dates include: 1/9, 1/16, 2/17

4 21

 Budget Science Fiction 1956 

Scope and Content

Scripts Dates include: 4/10, 7/30

4 22

 Cap'n Henry 1955 

4 23

 Cheer Up Records undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 24

 Choco Spin 1953 

Scope and Content

Scripts Dates include: 2/24, 9/22

4 25

 Chock Full Of Nutz undated 

4 26

 Chuck Hefferning Of The Owls undated 

4 27

 College Variety undated 

4 28

 Comment undated 

4 29

 Commercials 1955 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 11/21

4 30

 Raeford Commercial undated 

4 31

 Communications 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 10/23, 11/12

4 32

 Movie Dialogue undated 

4 33

 Dictionary undated 

4 34

 Door Knocks undated 

4 35

 Do You Approve Of Mixed Marriages undated 

4 36

 Dunninger Bit undated 

4 37

 Elevator Custom And Composition undated 

4 38

 Eros J. Ventricle undated 

4 39

 Eugene 1957 

4 40

 Ex-Con undated 

4 41

 Fantastic Success Stories undated 

4 42

 Freddie Garrity 1955-1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 8/10

4 43

 Fillers undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 44

 Foreign Interne 1956 

4 45

 Games undated 

4 46

 German Quiz Bit 1956 

4 47

 Gladiator Bit 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 11/26-11/27

4 48

 Red Cassius 1957 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 1/7-1/8

4 48

 Formal Commercial 1956 

4 49

 Hip Characters undated 

4 50

 Hobbies undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 51

 How It Happened 1956 

4 52

 How They Met In The Movies 1956 

4 53

 How To Learn undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 54

 How We Came To Use It undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 55

 Ideas undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 56

 I Love You So Much 1955-1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 9/3

4 57

 Impersonations 1955 

4 58

 Fake Interviews undated 

4 59

 Inspector Pommiere undated 

4 60

 Invisible Man, The undated 

4 61

 Irving Wong 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 3/1, 4/19

4 62

 Italian Movie Director undated 

4 63

 Italian Street Song Finale undated 

4 64

 It's Free 1956 

4 65

 Jack And The Beanstalk undated 

4 66

 Jack Meltzer undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 67

 Japanese Movie Critic undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 68

 J. B. Gearshift 1955-1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 2/22, 9/8, 8/11

4 69

 Jerry Henkle undated 

4 70

 Hit Tune Parade 1956 

4 71

 Jet Survival undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 72

 J. W. Puppybreath undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 73

 Kapusta Kits undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 74

 Kits undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 75

 Knock Off The Tune undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet

4 76

 Ernie Kovacs Background 1956 

Scope and Content

Biography, Memo, Jack Tracy

4 77

 Kowloon undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 78

 Language Lessons undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 79

 Ode To Las Vegas Material undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 80

 Legal Bits undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 81

 Chain Letters undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 82

 Lena Queen Of The Jungle 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 3/16, 4/26

4 83

 Library Bit undated 

4 84

 Life Magazine undated 

Scope and Content

Article

4 85

 Lonely Luigi 1956 

4 86

 Lost Beer Bit undated 

4 87

 Lucius Flavius undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 88

 Magazines undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 89

 Matzoh Heppelwhite 1956 

4 90

 Miklos Molnar undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 91

 Mixed Audio Bit 1956 

4 92

 Kenneth Mockridge 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 1/19, 2/20, 6/27

4 93

 Monitor undated 

4 94

 Movie Bits undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 95

 Movie Commercial 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 3/19, 4/16

4 96

 Movie Commercial Glasses 1956 

4 97

 Movie Commercial Virila 1956 

4 98

 Movie Preview 1956 

4 99

 Movie Review undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 100

 Mr. Science 1956 

4 101

 Musical Background Bit undated 

4 102

 New Products undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 103

 New Radio Bit undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 104

 News Analyst 1956 

4 105

 Now We Know undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 106

 Oddities In The News undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 107

 Okite Theater undated 

4 108

 Parakeet Bit undated 

4 109

 Pathetic News undated 

4 110

 Penguin Bit 1956 

4 111

 Percy Dovetonsils 1954 

Scope and Content

Script, Notes, Dates include: 4/12

4 112

 Ode To Stanley's Pussycat undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 113

 Question Man 1954-1956 

Scope and Content

Rundown, Script, Dates include: 6/30, 8/27, 9/6, 3/15, 4/12, 5/7, 10/2, 11/5, 12/25, 1/14-1/15

4 114-115

 Phonetics undated 

4 116

 Pierre Ragout 1956 

Scope and Content

Notes, Script, Dates include: 2/28, 1/10

4 117

 Pocket Books undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 118

 Political Speech 1956 

4 119

 Potter undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 120

 Psychiatry Notebook undated 

4 121

 Rancid Camera And Institute 1956 

Scope and Content

Notes, Script

4 122

 Rabbit Ears Phinsy undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 123

 Ring King 1956 

4 124

 Red McGurk undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 125

 Safari At Home undated 

4 126

 Scheherezade undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 127

 School Boygrootz undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet

4 128

 Ship Bit 1956 

4 129

 Silent Movie undated 

Scope and Content

Treatment

4 130

 Skodney Silksy 1956 

Scope and Content

Notes, Dates include: 4/5, 5/10, 10/15

4 131

 Skyscraper Bit undated 

4 132

 Soap Opera 1956 

4 133

 Some Of Crane Club undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet

4 134

 Songs 1956 

Scope and Content

Lyrics, Dates include: 1/23, 2/10/, 2/21, 2/2, 4/26

4 135

 Sonny Egg undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 136

 Sports Tips undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 137

 Sprize Bit 1953 

4 138

 Stoolie 17 undated 

4 139

 Strangelies undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 140

 Teasers 1956 

Scope and Content

Notes, Dates include: 10/16, 10/8, 10/9

4 141

 TV Bits undated 

4 142

 That Was Some Life undated 

4 143

 The Year Was undated 

4 144

 Tom Swift undated 

Scope and Content

Notes, Script

4 145

 Tough 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 11/20, 3/12

4 146

 Trapizzia undated 

4 147

 Trig And Edie undated 

4 148

 Truth Serum undated 

4 149

 Tunes 4 Peddle undated 

Scope and Content

Cue Sheet, Notes

4 150

 Ugly Duckling 1956 

4 151

 Unemployment Bureau undated 

Scope and Content

Notes

4 152

 Weather Girl 1955-1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Notes, Dates include: 12/29, 4/11, 6/5, 2/14

4 153

 Welcome Transients 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Dates include: 8/13, 4/17

4 154

 Whip The Wristwatch 1956 

4 155

 Wolfgang Von Sauebraten 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Notes, Dates include: 12/30, 3/6

4 156

 You Asked To See It 1956 

Scope and Content

Script, Notes, Dates include: 12/3, 3/5, 2/10, 10/15

4 157

 Zsa Zsa Esterhazy 1956 

4 158

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