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Paul Fix collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4039

Scope and Contents

The Paul Fix Collection contains correspondence, performance programs, newspaper clippings and photographs of Paul Fix. Paul Fix acted in the plays, Gang Law, Back to Batan, See My Lawyer, She Loves Me Not, Tall in the Saddle, On the Spot, Chicago (1927), White Magic (1928), and Small Miracle (1935). He wrote Guests of Marcado and These Few Hours. He staged Kick In (1929) and Granite. There is an interesting newspaper clipping describing how Paul Fix was transformed into a skeleton on camera in the movie Mr. Cyclops. He acted in other movies, including After The Thin Man, Flame of Barbary Coast, Crooked Road, Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep, Penitentiary, Code of the Streets, and Cheating the Stars (1938). There are also articles about John Wayne.

There is a letter from Paul Fix’s daughter, Marilyn Fix (writing from Seattle, Washington) to her mother, Mrs. Paul Fix (in Hollywood, California), 1944. Marilyn announces that a Mother’s Day present is on the way and talks about performances she has seen. 4 pages.

The collection also includes newspaper clippings about America civilian life during the 1930s and 40s. There is a 4 page pamphlet from 1942 of Air Raid Instructions, published in cooperation with Los Angeles City Defense Council. This pamphlet instructs families on how to extinguish a magnesium bomb and how to seek shelter in the event of an air raid. It also explains how to plant a Victory Garden. Frances Fix, Paul Fix’s wife, is shown in a newspaper clipping modeling the streamline effect, a style then in fashion. There are newspaper clippings about crimes and attempted crimes. There are newspaper articles about World War II.


  • 1927-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Paul Fix collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paul Fix (1901-1983) had a successful career in acting, writing, and staging plays and also acting in movies.

Paul Fix was born March 9, 1901 in New York (some sources list March 13). He married Francis Fix, who is shown in this collection modeling a new fashion called the streamline effect. The 1930 Census shows him residing with his wife, Francis M. Fix (age 27), George Harry (age 25), Memnos Harry (age 51), Marilyn Fix (age 5) and Emlyn Tennies (age 14) in Los Angeles, California. A letter from his daughter, Marilyn, to his wife, is included in this collection. He enjoyed a successful career in acting in plays, writing plays, staging plays and acting in movies. He lived in Hollywood when he received some of the letters in this collection. He passed away in Los Angeles on October 14, 1983.


1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Paul Fix's collection of theater and movie related papers, as well as personal correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1927-1955.

Custodial History

Donated by Mrs. Harry Carey Jr. in 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mrs. Harry Carey Jr.; 1980.


Arts and Communications.

Related Materials

MSS 1976 Fix, Paul. Screen plays, 1953-1975.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 18 June 2007.

Register of Paul Fix collection
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States