Los Angeles: Republic Pictures, 1957. Early Draft script for the 1957 film, "The Beginning of the End," directed by Bert I. Gordon, based on a story by Gordon (indicated here, though not credited in the film), written for the screen by Fred Freiberger and Lester Gorn, and starring Peter Graves and Peggie Castle.
One of two Republic features produced by AB-PT (or American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres), "The Beginning of the End" is one of the more famous monster cheapies, in which Department of Agriculture functionary Graves and photojournalist Castle discover huge grasshoppers that are part of a gone-awry experiment in radioactivity. The US Army finds out too late, and the first target is Chicago.
White card wrappers, with the stamp of the Sunset Script Service in red on the inside rear wrapper, and the film title in black on the front wrapper. Title page present, with credits for director Gordon (original story) and screenwriters Freiberger and Gorn, with Gordon's name, address, and phone number at the bottom right corner. 101 leaves, mimegraph, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good with foxing and some tears at the punch-holes, bound with three gold brads.
Martin 43. Weldon 1983.