Lady and the Monster / The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Universal City, CA: Republic Pictures / Pax Films / Universal Pictures, 1943, 1961. Forrest J. Ackerman's copy of scripts from two key science fiction films, bound together (including original front wrappers) in red buckram, with Ackerman's name in gilt at the bottom right corner of the front board.

"The Lady and the Monster": Shooting script for the 1944 film. The first of three adaptations of Curt Siodmak's classic 1942 novel, in which an honest, hard-working scientist preserves a dead man's brain, only to be remote-controlled by it. Shot by the legendary John Alton at the very peak of his work in the mid-1940s. Yellow front studio wrapper, noted as SHOOTING SCRIPT at the top right, dated October 13, 1943, a penciled notation of the working title, "The Lady and the Monster" just below the printed title, noted as production No. 1194, and with credits for associate producer George Sherman and Republic Studios at the bottom. Two-page cast of characters, with the actors' names added in ribbon copy type just below the character names. Title page present, with credits for director Sherman and novelist Siodmak.

94 leaves, Multilith duplication, with blue, yellow, green, and pink revision pages leaves dated variously between 10/18/43 and 11/8/43. Pages and wrapper about Near Fine.

"The Day the Earth Caught Fire": An early and apparently abandoned draft by director Val Guest to film his screen story for Pax Films as a five-part British serial. Guest ultimately directed the story as a feature-length movie for Pax, one of the most understated and intelligent science fiction films ever made. Light green wrappers (both front and rear wrappers present). The front wrapper reads: "A Five Part Serialisation of / THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE / A Val Guest Production." Just below, in holograph ink (and in what we would assume is Guest's hand) is written, "Dedicated to Brian Aldiss." We think it likely that the script was gifted to the very connected Ackerman by Guest, though the provenance beyond Ackerman's ownership is unknown.

41 pages, divided into five parts, each beginning with a two-color memo on PAX stationery describing what will happen in the following section. Pages and wrapper about Near Fine.

Buckram binding containing the two scripts is Very Good, with some light scuffing and soil.

Martin 413.

[Book #122148]

Price: $4,750.00