Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1956. Final draft script for the 1957 film, "Jeanne Eagels," directed by George Sidney, based on an original story by Daniel Fuchs, written for the screen by Fuchs, John Fante, and Sonya Levien, and starring Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler, and Agnes Moorehead.
A film based on the life story of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels, who bounced from beauty contest loser to carnival dancer to stage actress to Hollywood starlet, only to lose in the end to depression, alcohol, and drugs. Producer-director George Sidney found this ideal material for the literary likes of Fuchs and his contemporary Fante, and the resulting film is a dark but somewhat campy biopic that is rarely seen today. An important intersection between two major literary figures; Fuchs was a key New York writer of mid-century proletarian fiction, and Fante a west coast novelist whose star rose toward the end of his life. Fante's legacy today is due largely to the accolades of Robert Towne and, in particular, Charles Bukowski, who discovered Fante's "Ask the Dust" at an early age, and later famously called Fante his "god."
Green studio wrappers, lacking rear wrapper but otherwise complete, stamped FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, and dated December 11, 1956. This was Art Director Ross Bellah's copy, with his holograph pencil name on the front wrapper, and numerous penciled sketches and notations by him throughout, on both rectos and versos. Credit on the front wrapper for "George Sidney Productions," no screenwriter credits are present on the front wrapper or title page, but being that all three screenwriters were credited in the film and that The final draft, it would be correct to assign credit to all three for the content. Title page present, with a date of December 11, 1956, and credits for George Sidney Productions, 165 leaves, mimeograph, a "rainbow copy" with numerous white pages and blue, pink, and yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between December 12, 1956 and March 1, 1957. Pages Very Good front wrapper about Very Good, bound with two tarnished gold brads. In a custom quater leather clamshell box.