Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1967. Final Draft script for the 1967 film. Based on the 1964 Broadway play by Murray Schisgal, and with a score by jazz saxophone legend Gerry Mulligan.
Three friends play a game of musical chairs with their relationships in this quirky comedy based on the hit play by Murray Schisgal. Harry Berlin (Jack Lemmon) is a deeply depressed man who is convinced his life is going nowhere—so much so that he has decided to kill himself by jumping off a bridge. Just before he makes his big leap, Harry is interrupted by Milt Manville (Peter Falk), an old friend in high school who has struck it rich as a combination stock broker and salvage dealer. Milt is not-very-happily married to wildly neurotic Ellen (Elaine May), and is having an affair on the side with Linda (Nina Wayne), a buxom gym teacher. Score by jazz saxophone legend Gerry Mulligan.
Red titled wrappers, noted as Final Draft on the front wrapper, production No. 8801, dated August 4, 1966. Title page present, dated August 2, 1966, noted as Final Draft, with credits for screenwriter Baker and playwright Schisgal. 136 leaves, mimeograph, with blue and yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8-17-66 and 10-13-66. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.