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Archives of Popular Culture: Fred Guiol screenplays (Collection)

Identifier: APC-2022-11

Scope and Contents note

The Fred Guiol Screenplay Collection is composed of screenplays that Mr. Guiol wrote and co-wrote during a long career at Hal Roach Studio and RKO Studio. They ranged from Laurel and Hardy silent films to Giant, and the 1959 film, Diary of Anne Frank. The collection contains a small number of paperback books on which the films were based.


  • 1920-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1945

Biographical / Historical

Fred Guiol was born on February 17, 1898 in San Francisco, California, USA as Frederick Lawrence Guiol. He was a director and writer, known for Giant (1956), Shane (1953) and The Rainmakers (1935). He was married to Ethel Hall. He died on May 23, 1964 in Bishop, California.

Began his film career as a prop boy for D.W. Griffith and moved on to photograph and direct at the Hal Roach studios, where he met another upcoming cameraman/director, George Stevens; both men worked on many of the best Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy silent shorts. When Stevens moved on to RKO in the sound era, Guiol went with him. Unfortunately, many of the "B" films Guiol directed there did not make money. Stevens, however, never forgot him, hiring him as a screenwriter on Gunga Din (1939), associate producer on Penny Serenade (1941) and The More the Merrier (1943), producer of The Talk of the Town (1942) and associate director on A Place in the Sun (1951) and Shane (1953). In 1956 Guiol shared an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay on Stevens' Giant (1956).



13 boxes (13 boxes and 16 volumes in three linear feet.)

16 Volumes

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Aisle 5B--Shelf 1

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Peggy Davis, Fred Guiol's daughter, in 1970 to the Patrons of the Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the CSUF University Archives & Special Collections Repository

University Archives & Special Collections
Pollak Library South Room 352 (PLS 352)
Fullerton CA 92831-3599 USA
(657) 278-4751