Paint Your Wagon

Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures / The Malapaso Company, 1968. Final shooting script for the 1969 film. Actor Lee Marvin's working copy, with numerous holograph notations in pencil and ink throughout. Marvin's notes provide insight into his character of Ben Rumson in one of the strangest and, in its way, most ambitious Westerns ever made. Lyrics for all the songs are present in the script, with Marvin's notations present on his numbers. The actor gave up a chance to be in Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" in order to make this film, for which he was paid $1 million (a formidable fee in 1968). After the Lerner and Loewe musical debuted on Broadway, Paramount put an estimated $20 million into the production, for which Lerner and Andre Previn wrote an additional five songs.

From the estate of Lee Marvin.

In the film, Jean Seberg portrays a woman sold to Marvin and Eastwood by a Mormon. She subsequently demands equal rights for her gender and chooses to live with both men. With assistance from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the trio attempt something like a heist by tunneling underneath a gold dust boomtown, while working their way through 13 songs. "Paint Your Wagon" was one of the last widescreen Technicolor musicals, and one of playwright Paddy Chayesfsky's lesser-known adaptations. Chayefsky was decidedly Kubrick-esque in his output over the years, and chose his projects carefully. Compared to "The Americanization of Emily" (1964), "The Hospital" (1971), "Network" (1976), and "Altered States" (1980), this project today stands out as nearly experimental.

Script housed in Marvin's original three-ring binder, lacking the original wrappers. Noted as FINAL DRAFT OF THE SPRING SERIES on the front wrapper and dated May 16, 1968. 6 preliminary pages devoted to Cast descriptions and a musical synopsis. 153 leaves, mechanically reproduced, with several pink and white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5/31/68 and 6/5/68. Pages and wrapper Good to Very Good, weathered but intact and supple; binder Good, with an early cast list taped to the front board, a label with Marvin's ownership name to same, and a title label in manual type taped to the spine.

Hardy, The BFI Companion to Crime, p. 315. Pitt 3009.


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