Play It Again, Sam

Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures / APJAC Productions/Rollins-Joffe Productions, 1971. Revised script for the 1972 film.

A comedy that is pretty difficult to overestimate: even though it was not directed by Woody Allen, it was the template for the many great films he would subsequently write and direct in the 1970s, in terms of shooting style, timing, romantic themes, and the actors involved (the irrepressible trio of Allen, Keaton, and Roberts). Allen had already directed two films at this point ("Take the Money and Run" and "Bananas"), but this film is significant in that it predicted the more substantive romantic comedies that would later place him among the most important filmmakers of his era, notably "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979). Pre-production scripts from Allen films are quite uncommon, as their circulation is generally confined to those directly involved in the film.

Orange studio wrappers, stamped REVISED SHOOTING SCRIPT on the front wrapper. Credits on the front wrapper for APJAC Productions and Rollins-Joffe Productions. Title page present, with a credit for Allen as both playwright and screenwriter. 120 leaves, mimeograph, with a single blue revision page, dated 8/30/71, and a few revision pages that are undated and on a brighter, thicker page stock (but still mimeograph). Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.


[Book #121881]

Price: $1,875.00