Roy Huggins was an American novelist, blacklisted film and television writer, producer and production manager. His crime novels were inspired by the writings of Raymond Chandler, and include “The Double Take” (1946); “Too Late For Tears” (1947) and “Lovely Lady, Pity Me” (1949).
Huggins made the transition to television in 1955 when he began working for Warner Bros. as a producer. He is best known for creating and writing for the popular television series including “Maverick,” “The Fugitive,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “The Rockford Files,” and “City of Angels.” He was executive producer for television shows such as “Alias Smith and Jones,” “Cool Million,” “Baretta” and “Hunter.” He also wrote for made for television movies and miniseries such as “The Invasion of Johnson County” and “Captains and the Kings.”
In September of 1952, Huggins was summoned before the infamous U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to answer questions about his brief membership in the Communist Party. He continued to write under his own name, and under the name “John Thomas James,” combining the names of his three sons.
The collection is rich in annotated scripts, story submissions, research materials and television viewer thoughts on many of Huggins’s television projects.
The collection is still being processed, and the finding aid will be updated periodically.
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