Two Against Tomorrow [The Big Parade of 1942], [No Time for Tears], [12 Stolen Hours], [Lover Come Back]

Los Angeles: Selznick International, 1942. Second Draft treatment script for an unproduced film "Two Against Tomorrow," with alternate titles "The Big Parade of 1942," "No Time for Tears," "12 Stolen Hours," and "Lover Come Back" also written on the front wrapper. One of a number of original scripts written by noted screenwriter and novelist Viertel for producer David O. Selznick in the early 1940s. We know of one earlier draft of the treatment, dated simply "June 1942." This draft has added blue revision pages, a distribution page, and a date of June 18, 1942.

Viertel's script went fairly far into the pre-production process. According to a New York Times article on August 19, 1942, MGM purchased the property from Viertel, who at the time was in the Marine Corps, but more likely it was purchased from Selznick, as this script, dated June 1942, is clearly noted as a Selznick property. The article goes on to note that the picture was assigned MGM to producer Edgar Selwyn.

A story set in Manila, told from the perspective of a woman working at a Filipino rubber factory, during the first raids by the Japanese. With alternate titles (likely suggested by Viertel) proposed on the title page: "The Big Parade of 1942," "No Time for Tears," "12 Stolen Hours," and "Lover Come Back."

Pale blue titled wrappers, dated June 18th, 1942, with credits for Peter Viertel. Distribution page present, with receipt intact, rubber stamped copy number as called for. Title page present, dated June, 1942, with credits for screenwriter Viertel. 53 leaves, mimeograph duplication, with white revision pages throughout, dated either 6/25/42 or 6-26-42. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with three gold brads.


[Book #130055]

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