The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Jamie Farr Scripts, 1954-1984

MSS-024

Size: 8.3 linear feet

Provenance: Jamie Farr donated the above scripts to the University of Toledo Libraries in five installments. The dates of these gifts were June 21, 1977; February 22, 1980; May 26, 1981; May 17, 1982 and September 23, 1984.

Access: Open

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Collection Summary: Scripts of television and motion-picture productions in which Farr acted. Includes most of the "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983) scripts from all but the first season, all of the scripts from the spin-off series "After M*A*S*H" (1983-1984), and scripts of several motion pictures, most notably, The Blackboard Jungle.

Subjects: Ethnic Culture of Toledo, Music, Art, Drama, and Theatre; War, Soldiers, and Veterans

Processing Note: None

Copyright: Literary rights to the scripts in this collection are held by various parties. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation owns the rights to "MASH" and "AfterMASH." The other scripts name the parties that held literary rights at the time of issuance. Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Paul Gifford, June 1986; updated by Kimberly Brownlee, February 2012; February 2012; last updated: June, 2014

Introduction

This collection consists of scripts of television and motion-picture productions in which Jamie Farr acted. Foremost of these productions is the highly successful television comedy series "M*A*S*H" (henceforth "MASH") (1972-83). Farr's role in the series was that of Maxwell Q. Klinger, a gold-bricking corporal attached to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean conflict. This collection contains most of the "MASH" scripts from all but the first season. There are also all the scripts from a further series: "AfterMASH" (1983-84) and scripts of several motion pictures, the most significant being "The Blackboard Jungle."

Biographical Sketch

Jamie Farr was born Jameel Farah in Toledo in 1934, son of Lebanese immigrant grocer Samuel Farah and his wife Jameelia. He graduated from Woodward High School in 1952. Shortly after, he moved to California, intending to find work as an actor Although he managed to act in small roles in "The Blackboard Jungle" (1954), "Three Violent People" (1956), and "No Time for Sergeants" (1956), he worked at various other kinds of jobs for many years after. He served in the U. S. Army in Korea. But, as often befalls the actor, unemployment was frequently his lot. Even after regular comic roles in television series in the late 1950s and 1960s on "The Red Skelton Show," "The Danny Kaye Show," and "F Troop," by the early 1970s, Farr had become discouraged with acting.

He was hired to play Corporal Klinger, a continuing, rather than regular, role, during the first season of "MASH." The show achieved popular success after its second season. For the show's third season, its producers gave Corporal Klinger a regular role, and Farr signed a contract. He was now a star. His role was essentially that of a clown---Klinger routinely wore dresses, hoping to get a "Section Eight" in order to return to Toledo and to Tony Packo's Cafe. His Toledo remarks endeared him to the residents of the often maligned, economically beleaguered city. As the seasons passed, "MASH's" writers expanded Klinger's single-joke role, but eventually exhausted ideas for scripts. Its last season was in 1982-83. "MASH" still enjoyed popular success, nevertheless; and its last show in 1983, captured an audience larger than any previous television show.

Farr was in the cast of an unsuccessful sequel to "MASH," "AfterMASH," which appeared during the 1983-84 season. In 1983, the University of Toledo conferred an honorary Ph. D. degree upon Jamie Farr. He, his wife and their two children live in Bell Canyon, California.

 

Scope and Content Note

The largest series in this collection---and the one which will probably attract the attention of most researchers---is the group of "MASH" scripts. Lacking the scripts of the production's first season, about half of those of its second season, and about a third of those of its third and fourth seasons, the set of "MASH" scripts is thereafter virtually complete. The series of scripts of the one-season production "AfterMASH" appears to be complete as well. Each script carries the date of its publication and bears the designation "final," "revised final," or "2nd revised final" Included with each script is a shooting schedule and daily call sheets for the particular production.

The other scripts in the collection include a proposed and presumably unsolicited "MASH" script; feature-length motion-picture scripts---"The Blackboard Jungle" (1954), "Three Violent People" (originally titled "The Maverick"; 1954), "No Time for Sergeants" (1956), "Who's Minding the Mint?" (1966), "With Six You Get Eggroll" (1967; originally titled 'There's a Man in Mommy's Bed"), "Family Plot" (1973); two made-for-television features, "The Eagle Rock Rebels Ride Again" (1979-81), and "Murder Can Kill You" (1980); and a script for the 1982 Tournament of Roses parade.

Farr usually noted his lines by underscoring the name of his character and frequently the lines themselves. He wrote occasional changes in his lines. Occasionally he also wrote down stage directions. Apart from the revisions and annotations to his own lines, however, the scripts contain no further manuscript notations. Inserted, published revisions to the scripts do occur with regularity.

The call sheets included with each "MASH" and "AfterMASH" script and with the later motion-picture scripts were issued daily. They list the personnel and equipment needed for each day of production and the scenes to be filmed each day. The "MASH" and "AfterMASH" scripts also include shooting schedules. Each schedule plans the production with a sketch of stage locations, the scenes, dates, and cast needed for filming the different scenes.

Container List

Box

Folder

Series

Description

1

MASH

Scripts

1

Divided We Stand

1973

30 July

2

Radar's Report

1 August

3

L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)

20 August

4

Kim

31 August

5

The Trial of Henry Blake

18 September

6

Dear Dad...Three

24 September

7

Dea1MeOut

25 October

8

Officers Only

12 November

9

For Want of a Boot...

26 November

10

As You Were

14 December

11

Crisis

26 December

1974

12

Mail Call

10 January

13

Rainbow Bridge

8 May

14

Springtime

16 May

15

Payday

3 June

16

O.R.

12 June

17

Officer of the Day

17 June

18

The General Flipped at Dawn

24 June

19

There is Nothing Like a Nurse

15 July

20

A Rich Rull Day

25 July

21

Check-up

1 August

22

Big Mac

7 Augustt

23

Alcoholics Unanimous

26 August

24

House Arrest

28 August

25

Adam's Rib

29 August

26

Aid Station

16 September

27

White Gold

2 October

28

Bombed

3 October

29

Bulletin Board

25 October

30

Abyssinia, Henry

28 October

1975

31

Change of Command

30 June

32

It Happened One Night

3 July

33

Dear Mildred

18 July

34

Welcome to Korea

24 July

35

The Late Captain Pierce

4 August

36

Dear Peggy

18 August

37

Hey, Doc

28 August

38

The Kids

4 September

39

Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler

22 September

40

Soldier of the Month

2 October

41

Dear Ma

8 October

42

Deluge

14 October

43

The Gun

21 October

44

Mail Call Again

27 October

       

2

MASH

Scripts

1

The Price of Tomato Juice

1975

31 October

2

Some 38th Parallels

20 November

3

Der Tag

26 November]

4

The Novocaine Mutiny

3 December

5

The More I See You

10 December

6

The Interview

15 December

1976

7

Lt. Radar O'Reilly

25 June

8

The General's Practitioner

28 June

9

Ping Pong

29 June

10

Bug Out

6 July

11

Hawk's Nightmare

20 July

12

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

29 July

13

The Colonel's Horse

16 August

14

The Abduction of Margaret

19 August

15

The Nurses

27 August

16

Dear Sigmund

3 September

17

The Most Unforgettable Characters

10 September

18

Hawkeye Get Your Gun

15 September

19

Mulcahy's War

20 September

20

Exorcism

5 October

21

The Korean Surgeon

7 October

22

Margaret's Marriage

14 October

23

End Run

15 October

24

Souvenirs

15 October

25

Hanky Panky

16 November

26

38 Across

26 November

27

Hepatitis

9 December

28

Movie Tonight

15 December

1977

29

Last Laugh

2 June

30

Fade Out, Fade In

16 June

31

Images

17 June

32

Fallen Idol

5 July

33

The Winchester Tapes

27 July

34

The Light that Failed

18 August

35

The Grim Reaper

1 September

36

Tea and Empathy

2 September

37

The MASH Olympics

16 September

38

Change Day

19 September

39

In Love and War

22 September

40

Patent 4077

3 October

41

The Smell of Music

11 October

42

The Merchant of Korea

20 October

 

3

MASH

Scripts

1

What's Up Doc

1977

7 November

2

Potter's Retirement

16 November

3

Mail Call Three

28 November

4

Major Topper

8 December

5

Your Hit Parade

19 December

6

Temporary Duty

22 December

1978

7

Lil

27 June

8

Peace on Us

17 July

9

B.J. Papa San

21 July

10

Commander Pierce

24 July

11

Baby, It's Cold Outside

28 July

12

The Billfold Syndrome

4 August

13

They Call the Wind Korea

22 August 5

14

Our Finest Hour

5 September

15

None Like It Hot

11 September

16

Out of Gas

15 September

17

Major Ego

22 September

18

Dear Comrade

29 September

19

An Eye For a Tooth

2 October

20

Point of View

18 October

21

Preventive Medicine

23 October

22

Dear Sis

25 October

23

The Price

3 November

24

Hot Lips is Back in Town

13 November

25

Inga

15 November

26

The Young and the Restless

27 November

27

Ain't Love Grand

1 December

28

Cave

8 December

29

The Party

18 December

1979

30

Rally Round the Flag Boys

3 January

31

A Night at Rosie's

10 January

32

Guerrilla My Dreams

22 January

33

Too Many Cooks

9 July

34

Are You Now, Margaret?

13 July

35

Period of Adjustment

16 July

36

Private Finance

23 July

37

Mr. & Mrs. Who?

9 August

38

The Yalu Brick Road

17 August

39

Life Time

24 August

40

Nurse Doctor

28 August

41

Good-bye Radar: Part One

10 September

42

Good-bye Radar: Part Two

7 September

 

4

MASH

Scripts

1

Dreams

1979

18 September

2

Dear Uncle Abdul

9 October

3

Captains Outrageous

23 October

4

Stars and Stripes

29 October

5

Heal Thyself

5 November

6

Yessir, That's Our Baby

9 November

7

Bottle Fatigue

13 November

8

Morale Victory

26 November

9

Old Soldiers

30 November

10

Lend a Hand

13 December

11

Good-bye, Cruel World

21 December

1980

12

April Fools

8 January

13

War Co-Respondent

14 January

14

Back Pay

18 January

15

Letters

26 June

16

No Sweat

2 July

17

The Best of Enemies

7 July

18

Cementing Relationships

14 July

19

Tell It to the Marines

17 July

20

A War For All Seasons

8 August

21

That's Show Biz: part One

15 August

22

That's Show Biz: Part Two

28 August

23

Father's Day

29 August

24

Your Retention, Please

12 September

25

Taking the Fifth

17 October

26

Death Takes a Holiday

3 November

27

Depressing News

21 November

28

Operation Friendship

5 December

29

No Laughing Matter

12 December

30

Oh, How We Danced

18 December

31

Bottoms Up

30 December

1981

32

The Red/White Blues

21 January

33

Bless You, Hawkeye

23 January

34

The Life You Save

30 January

35

Blood Brothers

27 February

36

The Foresight Saga

16 March

37

Identity Crisis

18 March

38

Rumor At the Top

26 March

39

Communication Breakdown

1 October

40

Give 'Em Hell Hawkeye

9 October

41

The Tooth Shall Set You Free

16 October

42

Wheelers and Dealers

19 October

43

Snap Judgment

2 November

44

Snappier Judgment

3 November

45

Twas the Day After Christmas

6 November

46

Follies of the Living--Concerns of the Dead

20 November

       

5

MASH

Scripts

1

Blood and Guts

1981

27 November

2

Birthday Girls

1 December

3

A Holy Mess

14 December

1982

4

Where There's a Will There's a War

11 January

5

Pressure Points

12 January

6

Promotion commotion

15 January

7

Heroes

3 February

8

Sons and Bowlers

10 February

9

Picture This

12 February

10

Who Knew?

24 February

11

That Darn Kid

8 March

12

The Moon is Not Blue

17 March

13

Hey Look Me Over

22 March

14

Foreign Affairs

2 April

15

Settling Debts

5 April

16

The Joker Is Wild

19 April

17

U.N. the Night and the Music

8 November

18

Strange Bedfellows

19 November

19

Say No More

30 November

20

As Time Goes By

20 December

21

Give and Take

22 December

Good-by, Farewell and Amen

3 September

22

          Original Copy

23

          Photocopy

AfterMASH

scripts

24

Thanksgiving of '53

1983

11 July

25

Night Shift

12 July

26

Snap, crackle, Plop

12 July

27

September of '53

25 July

28

Together Again

4 August

29

Klinger vs. Klinger

11 August

30

Staph Inspection

22 August

Last Updated: 6/19/14