The Detective

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967. Revised Final script for the 1968 film, dated October 5, 1967.

Based on the 1966 novel by Roderick Thorp about a brooding detective, embroiled in a case that uncovers deep police corruption within the department. Frank Sinatra’s fourth collaboration with director Gordon Douglas and a box office success. One of the first mainstream Hollywood films to include explicit references and depictions of the lives of gay men, including the homophobia and indifference to violence against them they faced from police departments.

In 1979 Thorp wrote a sequel to The Detective, entitled Nothing Lasts Forever, which was adapted in 1988 as Die Hard. Due to his having starred in the earlier film, Sinatra had contractual rights to star in the sequel. He wisely turned it down due to his age, and action movie history, and Bruce Willis’ career, were made.

Set in New York, and shot on location there and in California.

Red titled wrappers, noted as REVISED FINAL on the front wrapper, marked copy No. 116, dated October 5, 1967. Title page present, dated October 5, 1967, noted as REVISED FINAL, with credits for screenwriter Mann and novelist Thorp. 177 leaves, mechanical duplication on eye-rest green stock, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 9/7/67 and 12/4/67. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good bound internally with three gold brads.


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