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Clarke, T.E.B. mss., 1934-1988

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Clarke, Thomas Ernest Bennett, 1907-1989

Clarke, T.E.B. mss., 1934-1988

Collection No.
LMC 1844

ca. 1750 items

Materials are in English

The Clarke, T.E.B. mss., 1934-1988, consists of the papers of British author and screenwriter Thomas Ernest Bennett Clarke, 1907-1989.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Thomas Ernest Bennett Clarke, 1907-1989, wrote numerous story outlines and original screenplays for Ealing Studios, including the screenplay for "The Lavender Hill Mob" for which he won the Academy Award and Venice Award for 1952. In addition, he wrote screen adaptations for such works as A Tale of Two Cities and D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers which earned him an Oscar nomination. He also wrote television scripts and a play This Undesirable Residence. His writings consist mostly of fiction, but include an autobiography, What's Yours?: The Student's Guide to Publand, newspaper and magazine articles.


The collection is arranged in the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Contracts; IV. Scripts; V. Writings; VI. Photographs; VII. Miscellaneous; VIII. Printed.

Scope and Content Note

The Clarke, T.E.B. mss., 1934-1988, consists of the papers of British author and screenwriter Thomas Ernest Bennett Clarke, 1907-1989. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, contracts, scripts, writings, photographs, and printed materials.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchase. 1990
Usage Restrictions
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Clarke, T.E.B. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 Biographical


(1 folder)

Series: Correspondence

Box 1 Correspondence, 1934-1988

(7 folders)

(not indexed)

Punch contributions: correspondence with Punch magazine and the writings submitted by Clarke

(2 folders)

Series: Contracts

Box 1 Contracts, 1930-1983

(4 folders)

Series: Scripts

Subseries: Films

One folder per title, unless otherwise indicated.


Arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box 1 Angels Rush In. script

The Ant and the Grasshopper. script

Barnacle Bill. two scripts

(2 folders)

Be My Guest. outline only

Bell, Book and Candle. notes only

The Blue Lamp. synopsis, script

(2 folders)

Call of Duty. two scripts

(2 folders)

Crusade. two pages of script

The Do-nut Dolly. script

Gold Country. outline only

Hell Columbia. outline only

The Herring Farm (or: High and Dry ) with Richard Hughes. script

The Horse Without a Head. script

Hue and Cry. program only

I.O.U. outline only

Jeremy Fowler's Box. outline only

Johnny Frenchman. program only

Judy Belle and the Poorest Millionaire. outline, script

(2 folders)

The Ladykillers. script (worked on by Clarke, but no credit given)

The Last Straw. outline only

The Lavender Hill Mob. treatment, program, script

(2 folders)

Law and Disorder (or: Passing strange ). outline, script

(2 folders)

Box 2 Let's Make a Movie. outline

Long Live Charlie Hooper (or: Grandson of the Prisoner of Zenda ). outline

The Magnet. program only

Maiden Event. outline, two scripts

(3 folders)

The Magnificent Travels, Adventures, Campaigns, Loves and Lives of Baron Munchausen. three scripts

(3 folders)

The Man Who Seduced the Bank. two scripts

(2 folders)

Miss Hargreaves. treatment

Passport to Pimlico. program only

Premiere. program only (Royal film performance to aid the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund, 1952 )

The Rainbow Jacket. program, script

(2 folders)

Ratcliff Highway. treatment, four scripts, misc. pages of scripts and notes

(7 folders)

The Road to Killiecrankie (adapted from: I Saw Him Die). outline

Roman Holiday, by William Wyler. script (worked on by Clarke, but no credit given)

Rosika and the Ark of Peace. outline

Run For Your Life. outline

Show a Legation. script (incomplete?)

The Storm of London. treatment, outline, notes, script

(3 folders)

Strawberry Leaves. script

Superthief. three scripts, miscellaneous revised pages and notes

(6 folders)

Box 3 A Tale of Two Cities. outline, script

The Titfield Thunderbolt. programs

The Watch House. outline

The Wrath of Grapes. outline

Miscellaneous. outlines and notes

(2 folders)

Subseries: Stage Plays

Box 3 October Night. four scripts

(4 folders)

This Undesirable Residence. script, notes

(2 folders)

Subseries: Television

Box 3 The Casting Couch. scripts

Do You Believe in Ghosts. two scripts

The First of the Many. outline

The Four Georges. outline

Ludo Lochinvar. two scripts

(2 folders)

Mostly Millie. script

The Siege of Adelaide Square. outline

Tinker, Tailor. three treatments

(3 folders)

Up She Goes (Episode: "The difficult passenger" ). script

Series: Writings

One title per folder, unless otherwise indicated.


Writings by Clarke, followed by Writings by Others. Both sections arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries: Writings by Clarke

Box 3 Account of Lord George Sackville. typescript

And Now-The Green Lamp. typescript

A Black Yankee at the Court of Queen Liz. typescripts, outlines, notes, clippings

(4 folders)

Blue Beauty. two typescripts

(2 folders)

Borrowed Plumes. two typescripts, miscellaneous pages

(5 folders)

Brother Christmas. typescript

Box 4 A Dozen and One Nights. two typescripts

The Dumb Husband's Cookbook. typescript, notes

A Friend in Need. typescript, notes

Grim Fairy Tales: 1 - The Ex-King and the Fish. typescript

Heir Apparent. synopsis

The Heligolanders. typescript, miscellaneous pages, notes, clippings

(4 folders)

Intimate Relations. typescript, illustrations, miscellaneous materials

(2 folders)

The Last of the Giants. summary, notes, miscellaneous pages, clippings

(4 folders)

Little Man, You've Had It. typescript

Marriages Are Made in Bond Street. typescript

May Week, A Novel. typescript

(2 folders)

Mr. Spirket Reforms. reader's report

My Approach to Scripting. typescript

No Flowers for Ronnie. two typescripts

Passport to Propriety. typescript

The Pioneers. typescript

Reminiscences of Mr. Timothy Quirke, Con Man - 1 & 2. typescript

The Revolt. outline, notes, two typescripts

(4 folders)

Sally Martin Up. notes, typescript, photocopy of typescript, clippings

Scratch Man. typescript

A Screenwriter's Notebook. typescript

Sweet Farewell. typescript

There'll Always Be a Frinton. typescript, clipping

This Is Where I Came In. proofs of photos only

Ticket to Hollywood, no. 3typescript

Treble or Bust. outline

Twin Worlds. outline, typescript

(2 folders)

Two and Two Make Five. synopsis

The Wall. typescript

What's Yours? book jackets only

The World Was Mine. book jacket only

Box 5 Miscellaneous story ideas, notebooks

(6 folders)

Subseries: Writings by Others

Box 5 Bestseller, by A.M. Drew, foreword by T.E.B. Clarke. typescript, notes

Passport to Parkchester, screenplay by Paul Doherty. script

Series: Photographs

Box 5 Portraits of Clarke

(22 photographs, including photo of drawing and several duplicates)

Clarke with others, mostly snapshots

(44 photographs, several negatives)

Production stills

(20 photographs)

Miscellaneous photographs

(14 photographs)

Series: Miscellaneous

Box 5 Metropolitan Police War Reserve materials

(1 folder)

Ration books

(1 folder)

Royalty reports, Robert Hale Ltd.

(1 folder)

Sheet music. Policemen's Song, from "The Blue Lamp" and typescript of lyrics; White Suit Samba from "The Man in the White Suit"

(1 folder)

Miscellaneous. calling cards, notes, invitations, programs, etc.

(1 folder)

Series: Printed

Box 5 Press clippings about Clarke

(2 folders)

Scrapbook, mostly clippings about Clarke

(1 folder)

Tear sheets of Clarke's column in The Evening News, 1941-1944

(7 folders)

Box 6 Clippings of articles by Clarke

(2 folders)

Clippings about Clarke's books, arranged alphabetically by title

(17 folders)

Clippings about Clarke's films, arranged alphabetically by title

(15 folders)

Clippings about Clarke's theatre and television projects

(1 folder)

Miscellaneous clippings

Magazines and tear sheets from magazines containing articles, stories, etc. by Clarke

(5 folders)

Box Oversize Empire News, May 6, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22; features the serial Murder at the Festival by Clarke