Farrell, Henry (1920-2006)
Scope:
The Henry Farrell collection consists of manuscripts and other material.

Manuscripts for books by Farrell in the collection include drafts and notebooks for his novels What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Rinehart, 1960); How Awful About Allan (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963); Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (Delacorte Press, 1967); and others. Also present is a manuscript for his story “What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte.” Screenplays by Farrell in the collection include drafts of Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, written with Lukas Heller (author of the screenplay for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, a draft of which is present in the Farrell papers) and based on Farrell’s short story; Bitchkitty: The Case of Camilla Bliss, an adaptation of Farrell’s novel Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (the adaptation was eventually filmed, directed by Francois Truffaut and released in 1972); and Exeunt, Pursued by a Bear (unfinished). Teleplays by Farrell include scripts for two episodes of Perry Mason: “The Case of the Bogus Buccaneers” and “The Case of the Wraithful Wraith.” Also present are Farrell’s scripts for The Chrysler Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as other “Movies of the Week,” including Farrell’s adaptation of his novel How Awful About Allan (with Tony Perkins as “Allan”). Also present are multiple drafts of a project written for the Gabor sisters titled “Shocking,” which went through three title changes before it was ultimately scrapped.

Other material in the collection includes printed tearsheets of Farrell’s “Toffee” series, written under his given name, Charles F. Myers, for the publication Imagination: Stories of Science and Fantasy from the late 1940s up through the early 1950s; a seven-page typed letter from Farrell to Robert Aldrich (1964); legal material related to contracts and copyright renewal issues; personal and U.S. Army memorabilia; photographs of Farrell and his wife, the actress Molly Dodd; a DVD recording of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane: The Musical” (book by Henry Farrell, music by Lee Pockriss, lyrics by Hal Hackady; produced by the Houston Theatre Under the Stars); and other items..

Henry Farrell is represented in the book collection with two editions of Death on the Sixth Day (1961; 1962); two editions of How Awful About Allan (1963; 1970); a paperback edition of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1970); and a paperback edition of Studs Lonigan (1958).
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Notable Figures
1. Farrell, Henry, 1920-2006
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide