The Mark Hellinger Story
(Mark Hellinger Collection)

The Mark Hellinger Story [typescript]
507 pages 51 x 66 cm.

Physical Description:

Typewritten pages contain many handwritten corrections and strikeovers throughout.   Some pages consist of a page constructed by pasting paragraphs cut and pasted from a large page onto a separate sheet of paper.  Some notes indicate margins, spacing, reduced type, or capital or lower case letters.

Each page is numbered twice.  A number is typed in the upper left corner and crossed out.  Another number in pencil is written in the upper right corner.   Pages are in order by the penciled number in the upper right corner.

The Mark Hellinger Story [deleted pages]
154 pages size varies

Physical Description:

Typewritten pages vary in size (from 51 x 10 cm to full size 51 x 66 cm) due to paragraphs cut off or out of some pages.  The folder consists of many sections of text clipped together.  Most pages are numbered in the upper left with typed digits.   A few also have a penciled number in the upper right.  Nearly all text is crossed out either line by line or an "x" across the page.  Some notes or revisions have been made by hand on the pages.  Some pages contain the notation "cut".

The Mark Hellinger Story [photos and captions]
8 pages 51 x 66 cm.

Physical Description:

First page is stamped:

SEP 11 1952
??MP. CO.

Proof print of each photo is fixed to sheet over typed caption for the photo, sometimes with notations for type size, style, or spacing.

The Mark Hellinger Story [photo proofs with captions ]
4 sheets 45x151 cm
13 photographs and their captions

Physical Description:

Top of sheet is stamped:

SEP 16 1952

Proof sheets of the thirteen photographs with their captions which appeared in the book.  Each photograph is numbered by hand.

The following handwritten notes are on the sheets:

handwritten notation "7669" BISHOP on top of sheet. 

handwritten initials: J.B. on each sheet

in red, OK CRW 9/12/52

pencil notation: Vau? OK as corrected PSmith

described by Nancy Cook


From the Mark Hellinger Collection:

Material collected by Jim Bishop when writing Hellinger's biography.

  1. Notebook – 6” by 9”. Appears to be an interview with B.S. Moss, a theater producer. The notes are about Hellinger’s parents for his biography. The cover features hand-written notes.
  2. Notebook – 6” by 9”. Cover labeled (-) Important Dates (-) Book One Feb. 1, 1951. Features a list of movies he produced or wrote and a timeline of his life. The timeline is composed of a page for each year of Hellinger’s life, with significant events written on most of them. The last page features a list of “people to see,” most likely concerning Hellinger’s biography. Back cover has come off.
  3. 5 ½” by 8” typed note on “Memo from Jim Bishop” stationary: “Idea for a picture called ‘Cheating Wives.’” Features three story ideas and a hand-written annotation “Do at once”.
  4. Typed letter to Gladys Glad. Edward A. Collins wrote the letter on his personal letterhead, dated Feb. 1, 1950, concerning Hellinger’s biography.
  5. Typed letter on William Morris Agency letterhead to Jim Bishop. Leon Kellman of the William Morris Agency wrote the letter, dated June 29, 1951, regarding a possible copyright infringement of a Hellinger story. The letter makes reference to C.B.S. and General Television Enterprises.
  6. Paper-clipped collection of six small note pages. Three pages, 3 ¾” by 6 ½” each, contain notes on Hellinger’s life. Another page, also 3 ¾” by 6 ½”, contains a hand-written version of item #139. The other two pages are hand-written story ideas ranging from 1929 – 1931 on 5 ½” by 8” “Memo from Jim Bishop” stationary.
  7. Typed letter on News of the Day letterhead – three leaves, dated Jan. 30, 1950, to Walter Winchell. Chic Peden, of MGM’s News of the Day, wrote the letter about the possibility of a movie based on Hellinger. “To Gladys” is hand-written on the letter.
  8. Typed letter, dated Jan. 30, 1950, to Walter Winchell. Bernard H. Sandler wrote the letter on his personal letterhead, offering contributions to Hellinger’s biographer. There are hand-written annotations on the letter.
  9. Typed letter on The Plaza hotel letterhead, dated Feb. 3, 1950, to Walter Winchell. Frank H. Sauchelli wrote the letter to present a personal story of Hellinger. “To Glad” is hand-written on the letter, referring to Gladys Glad.
  10. Typed letter – two leaves, dated “Wednesday” – from Jim Bishop to Mark Hellinger. The leaves, held inside a plastic sleeve, are stapled across the top and are somewhat water-damaged. The letter is signed “Love. Jim.” with no last name, but Bishop’s book, The Glass Crutch, is mentioned.
  11. Typed letter – three leaves. The letter, addressed to Dick and signed by Mark, contains a biography of Hellinger.
  12.  Typed letter – two leaves, dated Jan. 20, 1941. The letter, from Hellinger, is addressed to Mark Saxton regarding a publication of Hellinger’s stories. There are two copies of the letter, each two leaves.
  13. Typescript of telegram – two leaves, received in Alberguerque, NM on May 28, 1931 at 1:48 a.m. Sent from John Randolph Hearst Cosmopolitan Magazine in New York. Signed W.R. Hearst.
  14. Typed letter – one leaf, dated April 20, 1942. The letter, from Hellinger, is addressed to John Farrar regarding submitting stories for publication.
  15. Typed letter on Audience Research, Inc. letterhead – two leaves, dated Dec. 16, 1947. The letter, from Beverly Jones, is addressed to William Gordon of Universal Pictures. It contains statistics on identification tests among moviegoers. The statistics were requested for Hellinger.
  16. Royalty Statement from Farrar & Rinehart Publishers for The Bedroom Companion. The statement involves copies sold from Jan. 1 – June 30, 1941. A note is attached indicating the previous royalty balance.
  17. Royalty Statement from Farrar & Rinehart Publishers for The Bedroom Companion. The statement involves copies sold from July 1 – Dec. 31, 1941.
  18. Western Union Telegram addressed to Hellinger, dated Sept. 9, 1941 – In the telegram, John Farrar asks for an update on Hellinger’s book.
  19. Typed letter – dated July 3, 1941. Phillip Moore sought to obtain permission to “illustrate” some of Hellinger’s stories “and compile them for an attractive artistic book.” Hellinger’s response, declining, is attached, dated July 8, 1941.
  20. Royalty Statement from Farrar & Rinehart Publishers for The Bedroom Companion. The statement involves copies sold from July 1 – Dec. 31, 1940.
  21. Western Union Telegram addressed to Hellinger, dated March 24, 1941. In the telegram, John Farrar asks Hellinger for more stories.
  22. Typed letter on Farrar & Rinehart Publishers letterhead – dated Feb. 4, 1941. In the letter, Mark Saxton makes suggestions to Hellinger about his next book.
  23. Typed letter – dated June 26, 1951. The letter is addressed to the William Morris Agency. The letter addresses the agency’s claim that a story on the “Black Cat” television program on CBS was plagiarized from Hellinger. Gordon W. Levoy, of General Television Enterprises, Inc, sent the letter.
  24. Typed letter on Farrar and Rinehart Publishers letterhead – dated Feb. 4, 1941. John Farrar sent the letter to Hellinger asking for more stories.
  25. Typed letter on Appleton-Century-Crofts Publishers letterhead – dated Sept. 11, 1951. Archibald G. Ogden sent the letter, about the publication of a book, to Jim Bishop.
  26. Loose clippings of Hellinger’s newspaper column “All in a Day”. The columns are labeled either “A” or “B”, and some feature other hand-written notations.


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