Scope and arrangement
The Arthur Cantor papers (1955-1976) document Cantor's work as a television and theatrical press agent in the 1950s and 1960s.
Television productions represented are the anthology series Alcoa Theater (1957-1960), Alcoa Premiere, (1961-1963), and Way Out (1961).These files may include press releases, final and drafted scripts, and other production materials, such as shooting schedules and cast lists. NBC Universal files contain press releases and cast and crew biographies. Many of the documents are annotated by Cantor.
The majority of theater-related materials in the collection relate to the Arthur Penn-directed Two for the Seesaw (1958-1959); press releases, memos, and correspondence concern promotion and production logistics of its Broadway and overseas runs. Publicity materials for Stage Struck (1958), the RKO film featuring Seesaw star Henry Fonda, Frank Coe, and other Cantor clients and collaborators are interspersed. Press clippings for the Peter Glenville stage-version of Rashomon (1959), and the musical Redhead (1958-1959), starring Gwen Verdon, are present, as are select publicity materials for performing artists Elsa Lanchester, Roger Williams, Billy Taylor, and Richard Rodgers, and the Meyer David production of Wonderworld at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.
A shooting schedule for the Frank Coe-directed film adaptation of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns (1965) and script for the National Educational Television production Trouble in the Family (1965) are also present.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by production or organization.