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Hal Goldman papers

Identifier: PA087

Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised almost entirely of scripts written or co-written by Hal Goldman. Most prevalent are scripts for the Jack Benny Program (radio, television and specials)and George Burns (film, television specials and books). Scripts are also included from the Carol Burnett Show, the Jack Carson TV Show, Billy Crystal, George and Alana, the Dean Martin Show, Mr. Terrific, Jim Nabors Hour, NBC Follies, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and the Smothers Brothers. The collection also includes a small amount of biographical material and newspaper clippings.


  • 1950-1990s


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Hal Goldman (1919-2001) was an award winning comedy writer of radio, television and film. He was born in St. Paul, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1940. He served in the army during World War II between 1943-1945. During his years of enlistment he wrote for the Armed Services Radio and USO shows. Following the war Goldman moved to Los Angeles where he soon partnered with writer Al Gordon. On his own and with Gordon, Goldman wrote for Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, Jim Nabors, the Smothers Brothers and George Burns, among others. Goldman wrote for Jack Benny from 1950 until Benny's death in 1974. He was George Burns' primary writer for the last 17 years of Burns' life.

Goldman was nominated for ten Emmys and won three -- two for his work on the Jack Benny Television Program and one for his work on a Carol Channing television special. He was also awarded a Writers Guild Award in 1986 for "George Burns' 90th Birthday Salute".


26 Linear Feet (51 boxes)


The collection primarily contains scripts for radio, television and film written or cowritten by Hal Goldman.

Physical Location



Donated by Betty Goldman in 2007.

Related Material

Jack Benny Papers (Collection 134), Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Anne Simpson.


Hal Goldman papers
Finding aid written by Anne Simpson
July 2012
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