Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1980. Revised Final Draft script for the 1981 film. Rainbow copy, with several sets of revision leaves in pink, yellow, blue, orange, and green.
Written for the screen by Dennis Potter, based on his screenplay for the 1978 BBC television series. One of Steve Martin's earliest and most bizarre critical successes, and along with "The Singing Detective" the work for which the late Dennis Potter is best remembered. Potter's trademark dark sensibilities permeate the film's mood, punctuated by wildly complex, choreographed musical numbers. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.
Set in Chicago during the Depression, shot on location in California, Iowa, and Illinois.
Orange titled wrappers, noted as REVISED FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 356, dated October 22, 1980, with credits for screenwriter Potter, director/producer Ross, and producer Nora Kaye. Title page present, dated 10-22-80, noted as Revised Final Draft, with credit for screenwriter Potter. 140 leaves, mimeograph duplication, with the last leaf of text numbered 143. Pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 11-24-80 and 1-7-81. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.