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: Actor from Toledo, Ohio (b.1934).  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.

Subject(s): Ethnic Culture; 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

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/Historical 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: 2/9/12