Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1966. First Estimating script for the 1967 film. Based on the 1965 play by Murray Schisgal.
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.
Pale blue titled wrappers, noted as First Estimating Draft on the front wrapper, dated May 27, 1966. Title page present, dated May 25, 1966, noted as FIRST ESTIMATING DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Baker and playright Schisgal. 136 leaves, eye rest green stock, mechanical duplication. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.