Manhattan Melodrama [Three Men]

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1934. Early Draft script for the 1934 film. One of the earliest printed scripts for the film, produced for review by executive producer David O. Selznick, and at 140 pages a good deal longer than the final version, which runs 93 minutes. While not noted, this copy came from the estate of character actor Nat Pendleton, who played the role of "Spud".

The famed first pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy, who would go on to make 14 films together, including the "Thin Man" series. Clark Gable's stardom at MGM was solidified by the film, and it is notable as being one of the earliest roles for Mickey Rooney, who plays Gable's character as a child. The movie John Dillinger saw in Chicago at the Biograph Theatre (he was reputedly a big fan of Ms. Loy) on the night he was gunned down. Garrett was a screenwriter best known for literary adaptations, including "The Story of Temple Drake" (1933), "A Farewell to Arms" (1932), and "Moby Dick" (1930), and with this film won the Academy Award for Best Original Story.

Blue titled wrappers, noted as TENTATIVE SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped project No. 1259, dated February 12, 1934, with credits for screenwriters Caesar and Garrett, as well as Selznick. Title page integral with the first page of the script. 140 leaves, mimeograph duplication. Pages and wrapper about Very Good, well used and with moderate soil but completely intact, bound with two gold brads.

[Book #121745]

Price: $2,000.00