New York: Fred Coe and Arthur Cantor, Circa 1961. Draft script for the 1961 play. Brief annotations in holograph pencil and ink on the title page.
Chayefsky's play previewed on Broadway on November 8, 1961, opened the following day, an for over 200 performances, and closed on June 2, 1962. He was nominated for a Tony Award, as were producers Coe and Cantor.
Gideon (Campbell) witnesses the Angel of the Lord (March), who enlists him to perform a miracle in battle, and to kill an idolatrous Hebrew. Gideon refuses and suggests that his pity for man is above God's law. God begrudgingly concedes.
Basis for Wilhelm Semmelroth's West German film (1966), and for George Schaefer's Emmy nominated television movie (1971).
Black titled wrappers, with paper title label on the spine. Title page present, undated, with a credit for playwright Chayefsky. 114 leaves, with last page of text numbered 2-2-41 (Act 2, Scene 2, Page 41). Mimeograph duplication. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two silver brads.