Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists, 1965. Final Draft script for the 1966 film. Presentation copy belonging to actor Aldo Ray, bound into a brown leather binding with raised bands and gilt decoration, the name "ALDO RAY" in gilt on the front board, and film title in gilt on the spine. With an additional gilt stamp on the lower front pastedown, reading "CHRISTMAS 1965."
Set during WWII, Capt. Cash (Shawn) and Lt. Christian (Coburn) are given orders to invade a village in Sicily, and strangely, none of the locals offer the slightest resistance. They do present one stipulation: a yearly soccer match followed by a wine festival must be allowed. The soldiers agree and let the festival commence. However, German and US surveillance planes spot the festivities and make plans to deploy troops, mistaking the party for a small battle.
Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini collaborate once more, six years after their first project as director and composer, "High Time" (1960). Screenwriter Blatty would have later success, with his screenplay (adapted from his own novel) for "The Exorcist" (1973).
Title page present, dated July 7, 1965, noted as FINAL DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Blatty. 150 leaves, mimeograph, with pink and blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 7/20/65 and 9/2/65. Pages and binding about Near Fine.