Guide to the John C. Becher Soldier Show collection, 1940-1953

John C. Becher C0090


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Creator John C. Becher
Title John C. Becher Soldier Show collection
Date 1940-1953
Physical Characteristics 9 linear feet (17 boxes)
Abstract The John C. Becher Soldier Show collection contains entertainment materials written by and for the United States military during and immediately following World War II. The collection is arranged by material type and entertainment themes.
Collection number C0090
Language English

Historical Information

Keeping morale high was important during the war. This was recognized at the highest military levels. General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, for example, stressed the importance of maintaining high morale: "Napoleon evaluated morale over material as three to one. I believe that recent experiences indicate a re-estimate of this value - the odds being near five to one, or probably even ten to one in some instances in favor of the psychological factor" (Morale Program, box 7 folder 2 page 7). Programs and services that maintained or heightened morale covered a wide range - athletics, libraries, religion, education - and none was more important than entertainment, which is well-represented by the materials in the Becher Collection.

Entertaining troops during World War II was an enormous enterprise. The celebrated USO-Camp Shows was a civilian-based organization that provided professional entertainment for the Armed Forces. The U.S. Army Motion Picture Service was a non-profit organization that sponsored movie theaters to ease the transition from civilian to military life. A related group, the U.S.O. Mobile Motion Picture Service, showed films to overseas troops. Whereas these organizations provided passive forms of entertainment, the Entertainment Section of the Army Special Services Division took a different approach. They actually included the soldiers in creating their own entertainment. These were called Soldier Shows.

Soldier Shows were made by soldiers for soldiers. The principal objective was to achieve mass participation. A wide range of talent was employed in creating Soldier Shows - including singers, dancers, actors, orators, trivia buffs, costume and scenery makers, artists, and carpenters. Because mass participation by military personnel was encouraged, the program had a virtually unlimited field to draw on.

Soldiers participating in Soldier Shows acted in skits and plays, sang musical numbers, performed comedy routines, quizzed other soldiers, and made arts and crafts. Such activities forged common bonds among the troops and provided emotional links to their homeland. Soldier Shows were particularly effective in boosting the morale of hospitalized soldiers. The therapeutic value of Soldier Shows played an important role in the physical and mental rehabilitation of injured soldiers.

Soldier Shows were remarkably effective in boosting morale. In fact, reports have shown that the program was one of the easiest and most effective ways to combat low morale. (Morale Program, box 1 folder 2 page 7). General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a back-stage visit to the cast who put on a Soldier Show in North Africa, praised their usefulness in the war effort: "You are entertaining soldiers. You are not fighting with guns - but your job is just as important. As long as you are doing your job well . . . you will be rendering a service, and a great one, to your fellow soldiers and your country" (Morale Program, box 1 folder 2 page 7).

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Scope and Content

The John C. Becher Soldier Show collection contains entertainment materials written by and for the United States military during and immediately following World War II. The collection is arranged by material type and entertainment themes. The six cubic feet (nine linear feet) cover the years 1940 through 1953.

Most of the items in the collection are Soldier Shows, entertainments written to amuse overseas troops and to boost morale. Produced by the Army Special Services Division, the scripts were written by professional and amateur playwrights. Many were created by military personnel attending the Special Services School in Lexington, Virginia (1943-1946). The collection also includes: newspaper and magazine clippings, war humor, poems, blackouts, quizzes, crafts manuals, original songs, song parodies, sheet music, flyers, pamphlets, theatrical manuals and guides, lesson plans and lectures, production ideas, and comedy routines. There are also several military-issued Pocket Guides to foreign lands, including guides to Burma, Germany, Greece, West Africa, Italy, and Great Britain.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by item group, such as Soldier Shows, scripts, theatrical manuals, and pocket guides.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds the Leonard H. Clark collection, which contains documents, photographs, and memorabilia from his time in the Air Force during World War II.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.

Subjects:

Soldiers--Recreation--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Theater and the war.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John C. Becher Soldier Show collection, Collection #C0090, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by John C. Becher in 1979 through Harold Arburg, Director of Arts and Humanities, U.S. Office of Education.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed in February 2009 by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty.

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Contents List

John C. Becher Soldier Show collection
Box Folder
1 1 The Bells Are Ringing
Script by unknown
2 The Captains and the Kings
Script by Leo Lieberman
3 Conversations in the Dark
Script by William Hanley
4 Dear Me, the Sky Is Falling
Script by Leonard Spigelgass
5 Ding Dong Bell
Script by Gurney Campbell and Daphne Athas
6 Ding Dong Bell
Script by Gurney Campbell and Daphne Athas
7 Fifth from Garbaldi (The Man Who Made the Mountain Shake)
Script by Paddy Chayefsky
8 The Heavenly Twins
Script by Louis Kronenberger
Box Folder
2 1 I Giveth and Giveth
Script by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron
2 Jolly's Progress
Script by Lonnie Coleman
3 Leaven of Malice
Script by Robertson Davies
4 Libby (Dear Me, the Sky is Falling)
Script by Leonard Spigelgass
5 The Mackerel Plaza
Script by William McCleery
6 A Majority of One
Script by Leonard Spigelgass
7 A Passage to India
Script by Santha Rama Rau
Box Folder
3 1 Roots
Script by Arnold Wesker
2 Seidman and Son
Script by Elick Moll
3 Semi - Detached
Script by Patricia Joudry
4 Sunrise at Campobello
Script by Dore Schary
5 Third Best Sport
Script by Michael Howard
6 The Tunnel of Love
Script by Joseph Fields and Peter de Vries
7 The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown
Script by Richard Morris
Box Folder
3A 1 The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown
Script by Richard Morris
2 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Script by Richard Morris
3 Venus at Large
Script by Henry Denker
4 A Way of Life
Script by Murray Schisgal
5 The Wayward Stork
Script by Harry Tugend
Box Folder
4 1 Soldier Shows, Vol. I 1943
"The Reluctant Draftee" and "Ten Minute Break": Two Complete Soldier Shows
2 Soldier Shows, Vol. VI 1943
Comedy Acts and Minstrel Show Material
3 Soldier Shows, Vol. VII 1943
Revue Sketches Vaudeville Comedy Acts
4 Soldier Shows, Vol. VIII 1943
"Take it or Leave It": A Humorous Quiz Book
5 Soldier Shows, Vol. IX 1943
Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Fred Allen, Charlie McCarthy, Fibber McGee and Molly: Comedy Scenes
6 Soldier Shows, Vol. X 1943
Soldier Shows Guide
7 Soldier Shows, Vol. XI 1943
The Army Play by Play: Five Prize-Winning One-Act Plays
8 Soldier Shows, Vol. XII 1944
Blackouts and Sketches
9 Soldier Shows, Vol. XV 1944
GI: Prize Winning Blackouts
10 Soldier Shows, Vol. XVI 1944
G.I. Revues: 10 Package Shows
11 Soldier Shows, Vol. XVII 1945
G.I. One Act Plays
12 Soldier Shows, Vol. XVIII 1945
Chillers and Thrillers: A Book of Mystery Sketches
13 Soldier Shows, Vol. XIX 1945
MC Jackpot
14 Soldier Shows, Vol. XX 1945
Skits and Bits
Box Folder
5 1 Hi Yank!: The Army Show
Soldier Shows "Blueprint Special"
2 OK,USA: A Guide Book in Music and Comedy June 1945
Soldier Shows "Blueprint Special"
3 P.F.C. Mary Brown: A WAC Musical Revue
Soldier Shows "Blueprint Special"
Box Folder
6 1 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 1
Blackouts, Sketches, Quizzes, Parodies, Games
2 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 2
Games, Puzzles, Quizzes
3 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 3
"Bedzapoppin", (A Revue), Games, Quizzes
4 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 4
5 Soldier Shows: hospital Entertainment Guide No. 5
6 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 6 June 1945
7 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 7 October 1945
8 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 8 December 1945
9 Soldier Shows: Hospital Entertainment Guide No. 6 [No. 9] November 1945
"No. 6" is corrected by hand to "No. 9"
10 "At Ease," Vol. I 1942
Comedy Sketches
11 "At Ease," Vol. II 1942
Minstrel Shows with Music
12 "At Ease," Vol. III 1942
Music and Lyrics for Musical Comedies and Revues
13 "At Ease," Vol. IV 1943
Musical Opening Choruses, Finales and Production Numbers for Soldier Shows
14 "At Ease," Vol. XIII 1944
Time Out
Box Folder
7 1 Fourth Service Command Enlisted Men's Conference on Soldier Shows November 22-26, 1943
Held at Fort McPherson, Georgia
2 Fourth Service Command Morale Program April 25, 1944
Held at Atlanta, Georgia
3 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part I September 3 - October 14, 1944
4 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part II October 15 - November 11, 1944
5 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part III November 12 - December 9, 1944
6 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part IV December 10, 1944 - January 6, 1945
7 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part V January 7 - February 3, 1945
8 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part VI February 4 - March 3, 1945
9 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part VII March 1945
10 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part VIII April 1945
11 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part IX May 1945
12 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part X June 1945
13 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part XI July 1945
14 Soldier Shows: 26 Weeks Entertainment Program for Service Commands, Part XII August 5 - September 1, 1945
15 Soldier Shows: Entertainment Guide No. 1
Reception Center: Blackouts, Parodies, Games
16 Soldier Shows: Entertainment Guide No. 2
Reception Center, Blackouts, Parodies, Revues
17 Soldier Handicrafts June 1945
Box Folder
8 1 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 18
Entertainment Section: Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
2 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 19
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
3 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 20
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
4 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 21
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
5 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 22
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
6 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 23
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
7 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 24
It's the G.I. State Fair
8 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 24
It's the G.I. State Fair
9 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 25
Thanksgiving, Mock Election, Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, Crossovers
10 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 27
Murder Mystery, Production Numbers, Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, Crossovers
11 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 28
Broadway Special Featuring New York's latest Hit "The Hasty Heart," Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, Crossovers
12 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 29
Folio Highlights, Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, Crossovers
13 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 30
Entertainment Grab Bag, Revues, Parodies, Blackouts, Radio Scripts, Crossovers
14 Soldier Shows
Sketches, Crossover, Quizzes, Revues, Blackouts, Parodies
Box Folder
9 1 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 6
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
2 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 7
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
3 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 8
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
4 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 9
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
5 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 10
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
6 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 11
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
7 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 12
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
8 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 13
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
9 Soldier Shows, Folio no. 14
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
10 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 15
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
11 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 16
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
12 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 17
Radio and Theatrical Material: Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
Box Folder
10 1 Lesson Plans for Special Services February 4, 1944
Schedules 1 - 14
2 Paper Craft for G.I. Shows
Stage instructions and hand drawn costume and set images
3 Decorations for Christmas Entertainment October 6, 1943
Stage instructions and hand drawn costume and set images
4 Fox Movietone News
Music score
5 Literary Quotes
6 Parody on "The Little Brown Jug"
7 You Gave Me K.P.
Parody on contemporary song
8 Through Channels: A Comedy in Too Many Acts 1942
Script by Barnett Shaw
9 Confessions of an ExOCS Man July 4, 1942
Story by Sidney P. Goldman
10 Confessions of an ExOCS Man July 4, 1942
Story by Sidney P. Goldman
11 What to Do in Case of an Air Raid
War humor
12 What to Do in Case of an Air Raid
War humor
13 Epitaph
Poem by Shakespeare?
14 The Wolf
Poem
15 How to Be a Success in the Army: Know Your Army Terms
War humor
16 Latest War Bulletin
17 Poem
18 Letter From Hornie [Homie?] V.
"...army life and what the average soldier has to put up with."
19 "Selective Service Blues" and "The Soldiers Prayer, 1941"
Poems
20 War Dictionary June 11
War humor by Herb Graffis
21 Nice Job if You Can Get It!
Script
22 The Girl Friend Air Corps Model W O W
War humor
23 A Supply officer Tears Off a Hot Love Letter
By Cpl. Adolph Abramson
24 So I Think I'm Stupid
Article by Weare Holbrook
25 Navy Department: SPARS June 1, 1943
War humor
26 Credo of Men at Arms October 1941
War humor by Robert T. Souter in Esquire, p. 65
27 Chow Hounds General Orders
War humor
28 The Doughboy's Dream February 27, 1943
Script by Ben Hecht in Collier's, pp. 11-13, 37-39
29 What's the Score?
"A Soldier's Reminder of the War's Background, Its Purpose and Its Prospects"; Script by Sgt. Fred Stewart
30 The Drunkard
"An old-fashioned melodrama in two acts"
31 Quiz Program September 23, 1944
"Used at SSMS"
32 Untitled April 18, 1944
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) broadcast; Script by Norman Corwin
33 Pie and Box Supper and Patriotic Mass Meeting - Flyer February 9
Held at Fairview School Auditorium
34 The Moon is Down - Flyer October 25
John Steinbeck's play, presented by the Tulsa Little Theater Group in War Department, at Theater No. 2, Camp Crowder, Missouri
35 Technical Manual for WAAC, M1 September 11, 1942
War humor
Box Folder
11 1 Curtain Going Up July 21, 1945
Blackouts, Crossovers and Parodies for WAC Variety Nights
2 Soldier Shows: Staging Area and Transport Entertainment Guide
Blackouts, Sketches, Quizzes, Parodies and Games
3 Amateur Theatrical Manual 1941
Prepared by the National Theater Conference and the Morale Branch of the United States Army
4 Public Speaking 1942-1943
Speech Work Material by Doyle Virginia Cockrell, San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School
5 Soldier Theatricals: Proposed Guide
"The attached suggestions are furnished for the purpose of assisting the Theatrical Technical Advisor in the many problems which arise in the producing, directing, rehearsing and presentation of soldier theatricals."
6 Soldier Theatricals: Bulletin V
The Production Staff, Principles of Directing and Acting, Production of One-Act and Full-Length Plays
7 Scripts of Typical Soldier Shows
8 Production Ideas For a G.I. Variety Show
Distributed by the Special Services Division, A.S.F.
9 Soldier Shows, Folio No. 2
Radio and Theatrical Material, Skits, Blackouts, Sketches
10 Entertainment Section, No. 8
Sixty-Second Blackouts
11 Entertainment Section, No. 12
Musical Quizzical
12 Soldier Show Pamphlet, Project #1
Fourth Service Command Soldier Show Conferences
13 Pattern for Fundamental All-Soldier Variety Show (#1), Project #2
Fourth Service Command Soldier Shows
14 Pattern for Fundamental All-Soldier Variety Show (#1), Project #2
Fourth Service Command Soldier Shows
15 The Soldier Show Work Shop, Project #3
Fourth Service Command Soldier Shows
16 Abbott and Costello Prison Routine, Script I
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
17 Charlie McCarthy Circus Routine, Script II
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
18 Abbott and Costello Sea Spot, Script III
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
19 Abbott and Costello New Radio Station Routine, Script IV
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
20 Abbott and Costello Gymnasium Routine, Script V
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
21 Burlesque on Early Morning Program, Script VII
22 Abbott and Costello Second Spot - Court Routine, Script VIII
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
23 Burlesque of Radio Program #3, Script IX
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
24 Sketch Material for Camp Radio Show: Golf Lesson Routine, Script X
Prepared by the Radio Section, Headquarters Branch Office
25 Abbott and Costello Substitute Comedy Routine, Script XI
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
26 Newspaper Routine #2, Script XII
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
27 Sketch Material for Camp Radio Show: Dude Ranch Routine, Script XIII
Prepared by the Radio Section, Headquarters Branch Office
28 Abbott and Costello Robin Hood Sketch, Script XIV
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
29 Abbott and Costello Routing #1, Script XV
"For the entertainment of the Armed Forces overseas"
30 Minstrel Show #2, Script XVI
31 If Soldiers Selected Their Clothes as Women Do, Script XVII
by Robert Riley Crutcher, presented by the Special Service Division of the War Department
32 Reveille Revue, Script XVIII
presented by the Special Service Division of the War Department
33 Minstrel Show #1, Script XIX
Presented by the Special Services Division of the War Department
Box Folder
12 1 A and R - Trocities
Skit by Lt. W.P. Moore; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
2 Airplane Skecth
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
3 "Always on K.P." and "The First Hundred Years"
Song parodies; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
4 "Always on K.P." and "The First Hundred Years"
Song parodies; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
5 An Order
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
6 The Army Made an Actor Out of Me
Words and music by Sgt. J. C. Lewis; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
7 As the Movies See Us
Skit by Cpl. Raymond Simon; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
8 Ballet Invades the Drama
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
9 Barker's Spiel
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
10 Barker's Spiel
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
11 Blackouts
Various skits; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
12 Blackouts and Production Numbers
Various skits and production numbers; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
13 Blackout Sketch
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
14 Blackout Sketch (With Corn)
Skit by Lt. D. W. Todd; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
15 Boston
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
16 Brooklyn
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
17 Cinderella
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
18 Clown Production Number
Various production numbers; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
19 Clubcar Interlude
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
20 Collection of Skits and Blackouts
Various skits; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
21 Commercials
Skit by Lt. Frank J. Conboy; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
22 Complaint Department
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
23 Courtroom Blackout
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
24 Crackpot Cockrell's Public Speaking Classes
Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
25 The Sate Bureau
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
26 Day Room
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
27 A Day with Tojo
Skit by Arnold M. Auerbach; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
28 Doctor Fradler's Dilemma
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
29 The Doctor's Invention
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
30 Don't Send out Your Laundry Till the C.O. Sees Your Act
Musical parody by Corporals Tom Adair and Joe Twerp; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
31 Double Exposure
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
32 Dream Department
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
33 Dream Department
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
34 Dream On, Soldier
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
35 Duffy's Tavern
By Red Graham; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
36 Duffy's Tavern
By Red Graham; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
37 Duffy's Tavern
Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
38 The Editor
Skit by Frank J. Conboy; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
39 Election Scene
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
40 Facing the Facts
Skit by Gene Lockhart; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
41 Faithful Servant
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
42 First Epistle to the Selected
Skit by Pfc. Harold Fleming; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
43 Five Short Ones
Various skits by Lt. W. Toll; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
44 40 Below
Skit by Pfc. M. Sternberg; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
45 40 Below
Skit by Pfc. M. Sternberg; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
46 For Meritorious Service: A Ten Minute Skit
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
47 Free and Equal Blues
Song lyrics; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
48 Free and Equal Blues
Song lyrics; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
49 Freedom of the Air
Skit by George S. Kaufman; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
Box Folder
13 1 Gielgud
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
2 The Good Nazi: A War-Orientation Play in One Act
Skit by Pvt. Ivan Tors; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
3 Goofin' Off
Skit by 2 Lt. Frank J. Conboy; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
4 Granny Cracks the WACs or Vise Versa
Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
5 Harmones
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
6 Have You a Little Dictator in Your Home
Skit by Henry Blankfort and Bert Lawrence; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
7 Heckling Routine
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
8 Hollywood
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
9 Hospital Bit
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
10 Hospital Bit
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
11 How Green Was My Rookie
Skit by Gene Lockhart; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
12 If Men Played Cards As Women Do
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
13 If Men Played Cards As Women Do
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
14 I Get Nothin' But respect: Song Sketch for WAC Lieutenant
Skit by Pfc. M. Sternberg; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
15 I Have Friend Too
Skit by Lt. Etter; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
16 Incident at the Gate: Blackout
Skit by S/Sgt. Chuck Allen; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
17 Joining the Army
Skit by Pfc. Charles Roth; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
18 Joining the Army
Skit by Pfc. Charles Roth; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
19 Just Sign Here
Skit by Salem Ludwig and Joseph R. Horenstein; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
20 Keep 'Em Filing
Song parody and stage directions by H. Shaffer; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
21 K-K-K-Katy
Skit by S/Sgt. Robert N. Mazer and Sgt. Abe Laufe; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
22 K-K-K-Katy
Skit by S/Sgt. Robert N. Mazer and Sgt. Abe Laufe; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
23 Lamour Toujours Lamour
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
24 Latrine, Incorporated
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
25 Lecture
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
26 Lecture on Aviation
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
27 Lexington Lunatic Asylum
Skit by Lt. J. R. Humphreys;Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
28 The Lorelle
Skit by Paul Price; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
29 The Love-Test
Skit by 2 Lt. Vernon Stone; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
Box Folder
14 1 The Man on Top
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
2 Message Center
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
3 Message Center
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
4 Military Courtesy
Skit by Lt. McLean; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
5 Military Drill Scene
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
6 Military Fantasia: Strictly G.I.
Song lyrics; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
7 Military Tactics
Skit by Gene Lockhart; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
8 Miss America
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
9 Mr. Guffy has the Las Word
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
10 A Mock Opera with Apologies to the Metropolitan
Skit by S/Sgt. Robert N. Mazer; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
11 M. P. Brigade
Song lyrics; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
12 My Bit
Skit by Lt. G. [?] Carr; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
13 Nazi Intelligence Office
Skit by Lt. Jack Hill; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
14 New Yorker Cartoon Bit
Skit by Lt. Jack Hill; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
15 Nomenclature of the Handkerchief
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
16 Oh, My Achin' Back
Song lyrics; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
17 Orientale: With No Apologies to Abbot and Costello
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
18 Orientation Lecture
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
19 Out on the Waterfront
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
20 Pantomime with Incidental Words September 12, 1944
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
21 The Perils of Fanny -or- Tain't a Fit Nite Out fer Anybody
Newspaper clipping; Skit by Lt. Alexander B. Reed; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
22 Prince Meesa Ma Shina Badust
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
23 Private Property
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
24 Problem
Skit by Pfc. Michael Ames; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
25 Problem
Skit by Pfc. Michael Ames; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
26 Prologue
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
27 Revolt of Beavers (Eager)
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
28 R.H.I.P.
Skit by Lt. Robert P. Crawford; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
29 Riddle Bit
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
30 The Road to Roanoke
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
31 'Y' Playhouse Revue: Rudolph Rassendale
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
32 The Russian Spy
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
33 The Russian Spy
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
34 Questions for Truth or Consequences
Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
35 The Sad Saga of a Sea Going Soldier
Skit by Lt's Baskind and English; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
36 Selective Service
Skit by Gene Lockhart; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
37 Send in the Bench
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
38 Sergeants
Skit by W. P. Moore; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
39 The Sergeant's Reprimand
Story by D. L. Champion; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
40 A Sex Talk with Junior
Skit by Sam Locke; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
41 Sgt. Swami
Skit by Pfc. Alfred D. Geto; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
42 Sgt. Swami
Skit by Pfc. Alfred D. Geto; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
43 Sign Reading -- Orientation -- Ballet Music
Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
44 A Slight Case of Murder
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
45 The Soldier's Deck of Cards
Skit from Our Sunday Visitor (Catholic Editorial) Huntington, Indiana; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
46 Special Orders
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
47 Soldier Shows Ideas for Sketches
Ideas by Cpl. Don Mann; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
48 Stand In
Skit by S/Sgt. A. Hamilton; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
49 Stream-Lined Calisthenics
Skit by Pfc. Michael Ames; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
50 Stream-Lined Calisthenics
Skit by Pfc. Michael Ames; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
51 Strictly GI
Skit by Arnold Auerbach; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
52 Supermaniacs
by Pvt. R. Weil; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
53 Swing Low, Sweet Juliet
Skit by Sgt. Abe Laufe; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
Box Folder
15 1 Tabloid Version of a Typical G.I. Show: So Is That
Skit by S/Sgt. Robert M. Mazer and Sgt. Abe Laufe; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
2 Tank Destroyer Show
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
3 A Ten Minute Break: A Brief Comic Interlude About the Army
Skit by Sgt. Fred Stewart; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
4 This Aint Personal Affairs
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
5 Three Short Blackouts
Skits: March of Time; Eskimo Courtesy; Superstition; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
6 Three Songs
Songs: Special Service Song by John Baker; I've Got Enthusiasm; Ballet and Opening; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
7 'Tis Pity She's a WAC -or- The Triumph of Virtue over the Curse of T.C. 87
Skit by 1 Lt. Bob Wellington; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
8 Tooth Opera
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
9 A Triangular Division -or- Pardon Me!
Skit by 2 Lt. WMA. Page; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
10 Try Again
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
11 Twenty-Three Skidoo!
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
12 Two of a Kind
Skit by Sgt. Max Behm; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
13 Two of a Kind
Skit by Sgt. Max Behm; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
14 Two Touts
Skit by Captain Leonard Blair; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
15 Uniform - Class "L"
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
16 United Nations on the March
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
17 Untitled
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
18 Untitled
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
19 Untitled
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
20 Untitled
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
21 Untitled
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
22 The Vargas Holiday Girl
Production suggestions by Sgt. Hez Dufenthaler; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
23 Vermont
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
24 The Voice of SPS
Skit by Pfc. Ed Rush Rubin; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
25 The Women
Skit by 2 Lt. F. J. Conboy; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
26 Windy's Halfway House
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
27 What's Your Problem
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
28 Welcome
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
29 We Are the Gals from De Boilecue
Skit by S/Sgt. Robert Mazer; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
30 WACs Fifth Ave.
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
31 WACs Fifth Ave.
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
32 WACs Fifth Ave.
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
33 Walking in My Sleep
Song by Lt. R. S. Beck; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
34 You Can't Beat Fate
Skit; Item written by personnel going to school for Special Services in Lexington, Virginia 1943-1946
Box Folder
16 1 The Pot Boiler
Script by Alice Gerstenberg
2 Face the Facts, WAACS
Script
3 T S Buddy!
A Musical Revue in Five Scenes by Arthur A. Noyes, Murray L. Grand, Lionel N. Lile, and Morton J. Green
4 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #1
Fundamental Purpose of Soldier Shows in Army Recreation
5 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #1
Fundamental Purpose of Soldier Shows in Army Recreation
6 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #2
The Function of the Special Service Officer as to Soldier Shows
7 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #4
Informal Theatricals
8 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #5
Production Planning Meetings
9 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #6
Soldier Production Organization
10 Soldier Theatricals - Lecture #7
Soldier Stagecraft
11 Stand In
Script
12 Tattoo
Blackout by Lt. W. P. Moore
13 Small Games for Small People
Blackout by Lt. Bob Eastright
14 Dasterdy Rides Again -or- Never End a Sentence with a Proposition
Script
15 Dasterdy Rides Again -or- Never End a Sentence with a Proposition
Script
16 Dasterdy Rides Again -or- Never End a Sentence with a Proposition
Script
17 Blackouts
Blackouts by Lois Landauer
18 Revue Sketches, Comedy Acts, Blackouts
Prepared by the Entertainment Section, Special Services Branch, Royal Canadian Air Force
19 The Fifth Hi Neighbor Show on this Island
Script
Box Folder
17 1 Burma 1943
Pocket Guide prepared by Special Services Division, Services of Supply, United States Army
2 Germany 1944
Pocket Guide prepared by Army Information Branch, Army Service Forces, United States Army
3 Great Britain May 1952
Pocket Guide prepared by Office of Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense
4 Italian: A Guide to the Spoken Language June 1943
Language Guide prepared by the War Department
5 Italy September 1952
Pocket Guide prepared by Office of Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense
6 Netherlands: East Indies 1944
Pocket Guide prepared by Special Services Division, Army Service Forces, United States Army
7 New Caledonia April 1944
Pocket Guide prepared by Army Information Branch, A.S.F., United States Army
8 Greece August 1953
Pocket Guide prepared by Office of Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense
9 West Africa 1943
Pocket Guide prepared by Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, United States Army
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