Worthington Miner was the director and producer of the Studio One television program from 1948 to 1952. The Studio One production files consist of working scripts, shooting scripts, notes, outlines, memos, correspondence, floor plans, schedules, cast lists, and press releases and document his career as the show's producer.
Biographical/historical: Worthington (Tony) Miner, director, writer, and noted television producer, was born in Buffalo, New York on November 13, 1900. His parents were Worthington Cogswell Miner, a lawyer, and Margaret Willard, who later became chairman of the board of the Greenwich House School of Music. Miner attended the Kent School in Connecticut, graduated from Yale in 1922, and studied at Cambridge University until 1924. He came to the theater quite by chance when he was asked to hold the prompt book at a play rehearsal while visiting a friend in London.
He made his Broadway debut as a "spear carrier" in the 1925 production of Cyrano de Bergerac. By 1929, after working under Guthrie McClintic and Jed Harris, he was directing plays. During the next ten years Miner staged over thirty productions including Reunion in Vienna, Both Your Houses, and On Your Toes. In 1939 he joined CBS as general program manager and in 1942 he became manager of the entire CBS television department. He produced The Goldbergs, early broadcasts of Toast of the Town, and Mr. I. Magination before reaching his zenith with Studio One in 1948. Miner became a television innovator, pioneering such camera techniques as the close-up and the long shot, and was instrumental in developing the craft of live television acting. Leaving Studio One in 1952, Miner produced several other television programs, including Medic and Play of the Week, and the motion picture The Pawnbroker.
Miner was on the board of the Theatre Guild and was president and chairman of the board of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was married to actress Frances Fuller. They had three children. Miner died in New York City on December 11, 1982.
Content: This collection documents Worthington Miner's career as the producer for Studio One during the years 1948-1952. He also adapted many of the stories and plays for the television program. The majority of items included are synopses and outlines, working scripts, and final shooting scripts. Miner's story outlines are usually handwritten. Also included is correspondence between Miner and script writers, actors, and various labor and religious organizations concerned with the development of individual productions. Floor plans and blueprints for most of the productions are also part of the collection. Also included are lists of actors and their salaries for all the productions from 1948 to 1952. Publicity materials in the form of news releases span the years 1953-1955, after Miner had left the show. Curtain Call, a 1952 summer replacement for the RCA Victor Show, was also produced by Miner and is represented in the collection by four scripts and fan mail.