Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr. papers Edit


MSS 260 large


  • 1978-1991 (Creation)


  • 2.3 Linear Feet (Whole)
    7 boxes (65 folders)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Papers, MSS 260, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jack Epps, Jr.

  • Processing Information

    The notes describing each folder come directly from notes sent by Jack Epps, Jr. The biographical note was written by Peter Berg. The collection was arranged by Lisa Robinson, October 2004.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Writing partners JIM CASH and JACK EPPS, JR. have co-authored numerous box office hits over the past 20 years. Their credits include: Legal Eagles, starring Robert Redford and Debra Winger (1986); Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis (1986); The Secret of My Success, with Michael J. Fox (1987); Turner & Hooch, starring Tom Hanks (1989); Dick Tracy, starring Warren Beatty and Madonna (1990); and Anaconda, starring Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz and Jon Voight (1997). Their last film writing credit was The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000).

    Cash, a native of Grand Rapids, received his B.A. in English from MSU in 1970 followed by a M.A. in Television and Radio in 1972. For many years he taught writing and film history at MSU and supported a writing award named in his honor. Jim Cash died in 1999.

    Epps, who grew up in the Detroit area, received his B.A. in English in 1972. While a student, he worked as a film critic for the State News and founded and directed the path breaking and critically praised Mid-West Film Festival held in East Lansing in the early 1970s. Today Jack Epps lives with his family in Santa Monica, California, where he continues to write for film and television, and teaches at the USC Film School.

    They began their writing relationship while MSU students and wrote their first story together in the MSU Union Grill in 1975. Soon afterwards Epps moved to Hollywood, but the separation did not impede their ability to write successful screenplays. Probably one of the most unique writing relationships in the history of Hollywood, Cash lived in East Lansing, Michigan, while Epps live in Santa Monica, California. They collaborated by computer across country and only saw each other face to face a handful of times.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains drafts of screenplays written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr. The screenplays in the collection are: Izzy and Moe (1985), Dangerously (1978), Blackthorne (undated), Dick Tracy (1990-1991), Whereabouts (1980), and Turner and Hooch (1989).

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by screenplay, and then chronologically within each collection of screenplay materials. The screenplays in the collection are: Izzy and Moe (1985), Dangerously (1978), Blackthorne (undated), Dick Tracy (1990-1991), Whereabouts (1980), and Turner & Hooch (1989).

  • General

    Includes 2 audiocassettes.

  • Participant or Performer Note

    Warren Beatty, Tom Hanks, Madonna.

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    Dick Tracy (Motion picture)

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    Turner and Hooch.