Msc 97

Collection Dates: (1975 - 1977 range)
(Bulk Dates: 1975 - 1977)
.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Scope and Contents

Writer and producer Robert Metzler was hired by NBC Television to work on the "Colombo" series starring Peter Falk on Mach 26, 1975. From that day until November 23, 1977, he kept a diary with nearly daily entries, often extensive, through 1976; the entries become less frequent and briefer in 1977, and Metzler had left the show before the end of the year.

Metzler provides extensive and intimate details of deals, writers, actors, scripts, people hired and fired, Universal Productions, NBC, and almost daily dealings with Peter Falk. In May 1975, the entire company withdrew to Mexico to shoot an episode over a 20-day period that Metzler records in considerable detail.

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were purchased from bookseller Charles Apfelbaum in March 2002.

Guide posted to Internet: August 2004.

Box Contents List

1975 Standard Diary. 8x10 inches, bound in red cloth.

1976 Standard Diary.

1977 Standard Diary.

Folder 1:

Typed memorandum, 5 pages, dated May 1, 1975 regarding conversation with Falk.
ALS from Bert Kopperl to Metzler, June 23, 1975.

Folder 2:

Press release April 7-8, 1973, Marilyn Beck's Hollywood, regarding Falk and "Colombo".

Press release Summer 1974 regarding upcoming "Colombo" season.

Mimeograph sheets recording national audience shares for each episode in 1974, 1975, and 1976 as against other shows in the 8:30 - 10:00 p.m slot.

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