Transcript of a 23-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Dept. of Theater Arts; the UCLA Oral History Program provided technical advice
Appendices include an excerpt from the script of The Grapes of wrath ( leaves) and a filmography ( leaves)
Johnson recalls his early years, his career in journalism and screenwriting, and discusses his interactions with Darryl Zanuck, Herman Mankiewicz, and others in the film industry
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Screenwriter, producer, and director
The UCLA Oral History Program : catalog of the collection / compiled by Constance S. Bullock (Los Angeles : Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982) is available in the UCLA Dept. of Special Collections
Forms part of: Oral history of the motion picture in America
Also forms part of: Oral History collection, Dept. of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Los Angeles
April 11, 2010 Subject:
A diamond in the rough
While not the flashiest, or the most lauded writer during his 40-year tenure (1930 - 1970) this man epitomizes the term Journeyman writer, and anyone wishing to be a stalwart, regularly employed writer of stories for visual media (though NJ never wrote for the tube) here's a blink back through the fog of history to the origins of the craft.
Only trouble with these recollections is that they're in a difficult to use format. Digitizing the tapes for audio download would make these interviews a staple on every writer's computer.
In any event, the tough slog of reading through poor quality PDF or ineptly scanned TXT files is still worth the effort. Miss them at your own loss.