Carlton Morse Copyright Script Collection
Carlton Morse (1901-1993) was born in Jennings, Louisiana in
1901, but later moved to Oregon where his parents owned a fruit
and dairy ranch. He attended the University of California in Berkeley
but never graduated, and his early career included working as a
newspaper writer for the Sacramento Union, where he covered radio
and police news. Later he moved to San Francisco, working for The
San Francisco Bulletin. In September of 1929, Morse became part
of the production staff for NBC station KGO, writing radio musical
shows, mystery dramas, and serials. His well-known radio serial,
"One Man’s Family," debuted in 1932 and ran until 1959,
becoming one of the longest-running American radio soap operas.
retired, he wrote six novels. He married twice, first in 1928 to
Patricia De Ball, who died in 1984 and then to his second wife,
Mildred. He died in 1993 at the age of 91.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
When "I Love a Mystery" debuted in1939, Carlton E. Morse
(1901 - 1993) was quite well known as the writer, director, and
of the popular radio serial "One Man’s Family."
The show became one of the longest-running American radio
operas, broadcasting 3,256 episodes from 1932 to 1959. "I Love a Mystery" which
Morse also wrote, directed and produced, aired until 1952. Morse created other
radio serials including "I Love Adventure," "China Town Squad," "Adventures
"Family Skeleton," and "His Honor, the Barber."
The Carlton E. Morse Copyright Script Collection spans the years
1939 to1952. It consists of one series, Scripts, which include
forty-seven "I Love a Mystery" scripts (1939-1944, 1949-1952),
four "Adventures by Morse" scripts (1944) and thirteen "I Love
Adventure" scripts (1948), for a total of sixty-four scripts. The
is arranged by program title, and then chronologically by year
and by story number.
Materials in this collection may only be reproduced with the permission
of the rights holders.
The Carlton E. Morse Copyright Script Collection was registered
and deposited for copyright at the Library of Congress in 1990
and 1991 by the Morse Family Trust. It is housed in the Recorded
Sound Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded
Sound Division, Library of Congress.
Link to Series I.