The Thomas Crown Affair [The Crown Caper]

Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists / The Mirisch Corporation, 1967. First Draft script for the 1968 film, here under its working title, "The Crown Caper." INSCRIBED on the title page by director and producer Norman Jewison: "To — / With regards / Norman Jewison." Written for the screen by Alan R. Trustman and starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

At or near the top of a distinguished and polished pile of heist films from the late 1960s that combined humor, style, and suspense, and the film that was the first to employ split-screen imagery (a technique devised by the film's editor, Hal Ashby, who would soon become a prominent director). This particular heist film is of the variety where the heist is loaded up front, with the majority of the film devoted to its aftermath. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Windmills of Your Mind," by composer Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman), and nominated for Best Original Score.

Yellow wrappers, with no titles on the front wrapper. Title page present, with a date of March 10, 1967, stated "2nd DRAFT SCREENPLAY," and with credits for screenwriter Trustman and producer-director Jewison. 94 leaves, mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads. In a quarter-leather custom clamshell box.

Grant US. Lee, The Heist Film.

[Book #118801]

Price: $1,500.00