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Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1974. Revised Final Script for the 1974 film. Bound at the rear are several pages noted as revised pages, credited on a summary page with producer Jennings Lang's name in holograph ink, and dated March 26, 1974.

Based on Hecht's and MacArthur's 1928 play. Walter Burns (Matthau) is a scheming editor at a tabloid newspaper, trying to persuade his top reporter Hildy (Lemmon) to postpone quitting his job. In the nick of time, a murderer bursts into the newspaper office, and his story seems just right for Burns to entice Hildy into staying.

The third of four film adaptations of the play, the others being Lewis Milestone's 1931 film, Howard Hawks' 1940 film, "His Girl Friday," and Ted Kotcheff's 1988 comedy, "Switching Channels."

Yellow titled wrappers, noted as REVISED FINAL SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, production No. 02071, dated March 15, 1974, with credits for playwrights MacArthur and Hecht. Title page present, noted as Revised Final Screenplay, with credits for playwrights MacArthur and Hecht, and for screenwriters Wilder and Diamond. 188 leaves with last page of text numbered 157. Mechanically reproduced, with pink revision pages throughout, dated 3-25-74, and several pages bound upside down at the rear, noted as pages that have been revised on a summary page. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.

[Book #131056]

Price: $450.00