Los Angeles: United Artists / Contemporary Productions / Harold Hecht Productions, 1960. Draft script for the 1961 film, "The Young Savages" (here under its working title, "A Matter of Conviction"), SIGNED by director John Frankeheimer on the front wrapper. Directed by Frankenheimer, based on the 1959 novel, "A Matter of Conviction," by Evan Hunter (who also wrote as Ed McBain), written for the screen by Edward Anhalt and J.P. Miller, and starring Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas.
One of the first "thinking man's pictures" of the 1960s, addressing the topic of juvenile delinquency head-on, with Lancaster as a lawyer initially bent on prosecuting a group of young thugs, then coming around to them as he studies the details of the case. The first of four films that Lancaster would make with director Frankenheimer.
Light blue titled wrappers, with only the title on the front wrapper, and a holograph ink notation at the top edge of same reading, "Lanchester" [sic], which is possibly contemporary to the script's use, and possibly later. Title page present, with a date of April 9, 1960 and a credit for Harold Hecht Productions (also known as Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions). 131 leaves, mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with light fading and a couple of short closed tears at the edges, bound with two gold brads.