My Lips Betray

Los Angeles: Fox Film Corporation, 1933. Final Script for the 1933 film, "My Lips Betray," directed by John G. Blystone, based on the play by Jacques Natanson and Attila Orbók, written for the screen by Hanns Kräly and Jane Storm, and starring Lilian Harvey, John Boles, and El Brendel.

A pre-code film with dialogue written by noted playwright, screenwriter, and New York Times and New Yorker contributor S.N. Behrman; also the Hollywood debut of German star Lillian Harvey (though it was released subsequent to her second outing, "My Weakness" also in 1933). In "My Lips Betray," Harvey plays Lili, a café singer mistakenly believed to be the mistress of King Rupert of Rutania. A composer of love songs in his spare time, the King (John Boles) is immediately smitten with Lili. The girl, however, erroneously takes him for a mere captain of the guard and keeps up the charade that has made her popular all over the land. Harvey and Boles take time out from the romantic proceedings that follow to sing "I'll Build a Nest," "To Romance," and "Why Am I Happy?," all by William Kernell, while comic relief El Brendel performs "His Majesty's Car." (Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi).

Green studio wrappers, rubber-stamped project No. 861 and copy No. 105, and dated 3-13-33 (with a holograph pencil correction to a typo). Holograph notation "All changes inserted" at the top right corner, with credits in manual type for Behrman, Orbok, Kraly, and Jane Storm. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page is integral to the distribution page, and shows credits for Behrman, the writers, and much of the rest of the crew, including cameraman Lee Garmes. 108 leaves, mimeograph, with revision pages throughout (some with brief holograph pencil corrections to page and scene numbers), dated variously between 3/24/33 and 4/1/33. Pages Near Fine wrapper about Very Good, with some flaking to the yapped edges, bound with three gold brads. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

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