University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lonesome Dove Scripts, 1987-1988



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McMurtry, Larry
Title: Lonesome Dove Scripts
Dates: 1987-1988
Abstract: Larry McMurtry is the author of the book Lonesome Dove, which was published in June 1985. Motown Productions and CBS Television partnered to air the story as an eight-hour miniseries in four episodes. The collection includes the script for each of the four episodes of the miniseries.
Accession No.: 88-334
Extent: 3 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

Larry McMurtry is the author of the book Lonesome Dove, which was published in June 1985. The book spent 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Best Fictional Book, and the Spin Award for Best Western Novel of 1985. Originally, McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich wrote the film version of Lonesome Dove as a movie entitled "The Streets of Laredo" in 1972, with thoughts of casting John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. When the project failed, McMurtry turned it into a novel. Motown Productions acquired the film rights to the book during a meeting between McMurtry and Motown Productions president Suzanne de Passe.

Motown Productions and CBS Television partnered to air the story as an eight-hour miniseries in four episodes. Bill Witliff wrote the teleplay and served as executive producer. The miniseries was filmed in Austin, Del Rio, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, from March to July 1988. Finally, the movie version aired on CBS in February 1989, starring Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Anjelica Houston, and Diane Lane. The miniseries and the movie were both successful.

Source:Lonesome Dove Television Miniseries Archive at the Southwestern Writers Collection, Texas State University-San Marcos.


Scope and Contents

The Lonesome Dove Scripts, 1987-1988, include an original draft of the script for each of the four episodes of the Lonesome Dove television miniseries, a second version of the first draft, and a shooting script signed by the entire cast of the miniseries.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McMurtry, Larry
Witliff, Bill
De Passe, Suzanne, 1947-
Subjects (Organizations)
Motown Productions
CBS Television Network
Subjects
Lonesome Dove (Television program : 1989)--Archives.
Western television programs
Television scripts
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Del Rio (Tex.)
Santa Fe (N.M.)

Related Material

See also the McMurtry (Larry) Papers, 1961-1969.

See also the Lonesome Dove Television Miniseries Archive at the Southwestern Writers Collection, Texas State University-San Marcos.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lonesome Dove Scripts, 1987-1988, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/B124 Shooting script signed by cast, 1987-1988
Second version of the first draft of script, 1987-1988
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2.325/B125 Original draft of the script for the Lonesome Dove television miniseries, 1987-1988