Lady on a Train

Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1944. Final script for the 1945 film. Leslie Charteris wrote the original screen story (but not the screenplay) for this film, and subsequently published the story as a novel in conjunction with the film's release. A corrected ribbon copy typescript of the final draft, a composite of mimeograph, onionskin ribbon copy typescript, and pasted-in scenes and dialogue, with profuse holograph notations throughout. Noted in pencil on the front wrapper as being the "copy from which the Final White script wa typed on 12/2/44." A light mystery with a terrific Woolrich-esque story in which a young girl sees a man being murdered from her train car window. Known for her addiction to mystery novels, she is not taken seriously by the police, and begins her own investigation.

Fragile early brown Universal studio wrappers, with the title in holograph pencil, apparently supplied a year after the script's completion when this important draft was filed (date on the front wrapper is 12/2/45). Title page present, with a date of December 20, 1944 and credits for screenwriters Beloin and O'Brien. 139 leaves, mixed stock, nearly all ribbon copy typescript with a few inserted leaves on white stock, with revision pages dated variously between 12/21/44 and 2/20/45 . Pages Very Good or better, wrapper quite fragile but nearly complete with some brief loss at the corner and a repaired tear at the top right corner of the front wrapper (wrappers now encapsulated in Mylar), bound with three gold brads.


[Book #121567]

Price: $4,000.00