Universal City, CA: Universal, 1947. First Draft script for the 1948 film noir, based on the 1947 play by Arthur Miller. The carbon typescript copy from which the mimeographed copies issued by the studio were made, so noted in holograph pencil on the front wrapper in the hand of studio secretary Marion Pecht ("Copy from which we mimeod 1st draft"). Holograph pencil and ink corrections throughout, mostly to formal names on the preliminary pages and page numbers (which are re-numbered for the mimeo).
One of the most successful adaptations of a Broadway drama to film during the 1940s, and based on one of the best and most unheralded plays by Miller. Edward G. Robinson stars as a business owner who knowingly sold defective parts to the military during World War II, resulting in the deaths of many pilots. A young Lancaster plays his son, who discovers the truth and makes the painful decision to bring it to light.
Green titled wrappers, stamped FIRST DRAFT CONTINUITY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped project No. 7534, and dated July 24, 1947 (corrected in holograph pencil from July 1, 1947). Title page present, with credits for playwright Miller and screenwriter Erskine. 152 leaves, carbon typescript. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.
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