Cook, G. Whitfield (1909-2003)
Scope:
The Whitefield Cook collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, diaries, photographs, and legal material.

Manuscripts by Cook in the collection include books, radio plays, screenplays, teleplays, and other items.  Books by Cook include the short story collection Violet (Coward, 1942); the novel Roman Comedy: An Impolite Extravaganza (Coward, 1951); and the novel Taxi to Dubrovnik (several drafts, Delacorte, 1981).  Radio plays include drafts for nine episodes of the serial Crime Syndicated.  Screenplays in the collection include The Secret Heart, written with Anne Morrison Chapin, Rose Franken, and William Brown Meloney (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1946); Big City, written with Anne Morrison Chapin, Miklos Laszlo, and Nanette Kutner (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948); Stage Fright, written with Alma Reville (Warner Brothers, 1950); and  Strangers on a Train, written with Raymond Chandler and Czeni Ormonde (Warner Brothers, 1951).

Other screenplays present include From Russia With Love, by Richard Maibaum (United Artists, 1963); and Wanting, by Sumner Locke Elliot; and an unfinished screenplay by Sumner Locke Elliot.  Teleplays include several scripts and notes for various episodes of the programs Life with Father; The Untouchables; Five Fingers; Have Gun Will Travel; The Donna Reed Show; The Claudette Colbert Show; and others.  Other manuscripts by Cook include a three-act play version of Violet, first produced on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in 1944; short stories; and other miscellaneous writings.

Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters, dating from the 1930s to 1997.  The professional letters primarily concern Cook’s work in television, as well as his other writings (including letters about Cook’s novel A Lack of Heroes). Notable correspondents include Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Hitchcock, Sumner Locke Elliot, and Katherine Hepburn.  Also present are several letters from Cook’s wife, Elizabeth Hamlen.

Printed material in the collection includes reviews and publicity for Cook’s work, including material regarding Stage Fright, Violet, Strangers on a Train, High Barbaree (film), The Locksmith (film), his television work, and his stories.  Also present are several magazines containing the published versions of Cook’s writings, including issues of The American Mercury, Mademoiselle, Redbook, The Writer, Good Housekeeping, Screen Romances, Charm, and others.

Cooks’ diaries are a contained in series of spiral-bound notebooks.  These date from 1935 through 1949, the 1950s, 1960-1968, 1974-1977, and 1982-1984.

Photographs in the collection include images of Cook with some of his collaborators, such as Alfred Hitchcock.  Also present are some albums of family photographs, as well as several photographs of relatives and Cook family homes across the United States.

Legal material in the collection pertains to Cook’s role as executor of the Sumner Locke Elliot estate.
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Notable Figures
1. Cook, Whitfield
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Dramatists, American
3. Short stories
4. Television authorship – United States
5. American drama -- 20th century
6. American literature--20th century
7. Photographs
8. Diaries