Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1967. Final Script for the 1968 film, based on the 1966 novel, "The Wrong Venus" (published in the UK as "Don't Just Stand There!") by Charles Williams, who also adapted it for the screen. Prop master C.S. Chrisman's copy, with his trademark holograph ink initial on the front wrapper, and profuse holograph annotations throughout the text regarding scenes that will require props.
Screenwriter Charles Williams was one of the most popular hard-boiled authors in the Gold Medal stable, publishing a string of paperback originals that sold well, as well as six hardcover titles in the latter half of his career. All told, he produced a body of work that has placed him today in the pantheon of the great hard-boiled writers. Beginning in the early 1960s, he found work as a screenwriter, adapting his novel "All the Way" (first adapted in the US as an obscure, late film noir, "The 3rd Voice," in 1960) as a comedy for French director Marcel Ophuls. This American adaptation of his novel, "The Wrong Venus," for Universal, was the first of two screenplays Williams wrote in Hollywood, also a comedy. In the story, Robert Wagner is hired to finish a "sex" novel by a famous authoress in Europe (Mary Tyler Moore) who has suddenly decided to stop writing.
Red titled wrappers, noted as FINAL SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper and dated February 8, 1967. Title page present, with credits for producer Stan Marguiles and screenwriter Williams. 131 leaves, mimeograph, eye-rest green stock. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.