Los Angeles: Selznick International Pictures / Vanguard Films, 1946. An archive of 3 scripts relating to an unproduced film version of "Joan of Arc" developed by Selznick International Pictures and Vanguard Films. The archive includes:
Early partial treatment (but complete as issued) for an unproduced film, "Joan of Arc," written for the screen by Ben Hecht. The treatment ends with Joan being brought from her cell, still in armor, to see the judges for the first time. Though incomplete in terms of the story, this clearly the script that was issued, probably for approval toward a more fully developed screenplay (for which Hecht did complete at least two later drafts). Pale green studio wrappers, with title and credit for screenwriter Hecht, rubber-stamped copy No. 15 and dated 10/7/46 on the front wrapper. 9 leaves, mimeograph, rectos only. Pages and wrapper Near Fine bound with three tarnished silver brads.
Second Draft script by Ben Hecht. Blue card wrappers, rubber-stamped Copy No. 37, with the title, credit for screenwriter Hecht, and date of November 12, 1946 (Re-run April 11, 1947) on the front wrapper. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page is integral with the first page of text. 150 leaves, all on plain white stock, mimeograph. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, internally bound with three silver brads.
Research document for an unproduced film. A separate and rather extensive document translated by Donald M. Frame from the original Jules Quicherat French text for use in development of the film. The document is divided into two sections: (1) a 62-page section detailing the "Exposition and preliminaries of the case" and the first five sessions, and (2) a 135-page section detailing the sixth session, followed by several sessions both in prison and in court. Gray card wrappers, rubber-stamped Copy No. 18, with the title, credit for author Quicherot and translator Frame, and a date of 10/10/46 on the front wrapper. Hecht's first treatment for the film was submitted just three days before, on 10/7/46. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page is integral with the first page of text. 197 leaves, all on plain white stock, mimeograph. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with three silver brads.