Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1954. First Draft script for the 1955 film. Production manager's working script (name unknown), with holograph notations and color tabs throughout regarding shooting locations (studio, back lot, Hong Kong, etc.) Based on the novel by A.S. Fleischman, published in 1955 as a paperback original.
In an unusual entry by noted director William Wellman, John Wayne is rescued from Chinese Communists by local visitors but then "shanghaied" into transporting the entire village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer.
Red titled wrappers, noted as FIRST DRAFT SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, holograph notaton indicating copy No. 29, dated May 3, 1954. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Fleischman and director Wellman. 170 leaves, mimeograph. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine with some moderate wear along the edges, internally bound with three gold brads.
Full pagination available upon request.