Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951. First Draft Continuity script for the 1952 film. AFI Catalog notes that the film went into production on December 26, 1951, making this a draft that was probably an iteration or two short of the shooting script.
Notable adaptation of Hugo’s 1862 novel, with Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean and Debra Paget as Cosette. Debra Paget and Robert Newton would reprise their roles for the Lux Radio Theatre hour-long adaptation in December of the same year.
An unusual adaptation, in that only the barest of the usual plot elements that typically make their way into the numerous adaptations of Hugo's classic are used in this film, while the remaining elements seem to be a concoction of wholly original characters and events. The AFI Catalog notes that the working title of the film was "Jean Valjean," lending credence to the idea that the filmmakers were leaning toward a version of the story more focused on that character alone. The eight-year-old Cosette, a well known character from the novel, is present in this draft, but her scene was cut from the final film.
Orange titled wrappers, noted as FIRST DRAFT CONTINUITY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 44 and No. 420, dated July 25, 1951. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, dated July 25, 1951, noted as 1st Draft Continuity, with a credit for screenwriter Murphy. 147 leaves, with last page of text numbered 145. Mimeograph on eye-rest green stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good, bound internally with three gold brads.