Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1943. Revised Draft script for the 1943 film. Co-written for the screen by Raymond Chandler and Frank Partos. Chandler's contribution to the script had mostly to do with Alan Ladd's character and his tough dialogue (elements sneered at by the media upon the film's release). Laid in is an 8-page shooting schedule on blue stock, a 6-page revision to sequence "A" on yellow onionskin stock, and 14 pages of "inter-office communication" on yellow studio stationery (comments on scenes, sequences, and pages of the script).
Based on Rachel Field's 1942 novel, about Emily Blair (Loretta Young), a wealthy deaf girl whose hometown is named for her family. Doctor Vance (Ladd), who grew up on the other side of town, resents the Blair family, but is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily, and she is eventually cured.
One of only five screenplays written by Chandler, this being the second, following his script for the classic "Double Indemnity" (1944), based on James M. Cain's novel.
Chandler had a tumultuous career in Hollywood, including a suspension in late 1945 from Paramount for "refusing to perform under a contract which is not a proper expression of my standing in the motion picture business," but his influence on film adaptation is nearly unmatched, with scripts and stories that pushed the limits of the Production Code Administration.
White self wrappers, production No. SF 8577, dated December 3, 1943, with credits for screenwriters Partos and Chandler. Title page integral with front wrapper in the Paramount style. 137 leaves, mimeograph duplication, with blue and light blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 1/11/43 (possibly a typo) and 3/30/44, other leaves dated variously between 12/3/43 and 12/5/44 (possibly a typo). Pages Near Fine, wrapper now encapsulated in mylar, with cello tape and spine label remnants, bound with two gold brads.
Corner-stapled blue stock, noted as 4TH TENTATIVE BLUE / BASED ON A-B-C-D-E (PART) SEQUENCES, dated 12/13/43 (start) and 2/9/44 (close), with credits for director Pichel, assistant director O. (Oscar) Rudolph, and businessmanager B. (Bernard) McEveety. 8 pages, folded horizontally, rust to the staple, else Near Fine.
Yellow onionskin stock, loose but bound with a paperclip. Holograph annotations in pencil to the last leaf (recto and verso), detailing a few scene changes. 6 pages, folded horizontally, paperclip indentation and rust to the clip, else Near Fine.
Corner-stapled yellow studio stationery, dated variously between 2/15/43 and 1/3/44. The earliest dated page contains notes on the script, noting Talbot Jennings as the screenwriter. 14 pages, hole punches at the top edges, rust to the staples, else Near Fine.
Luhr, Raymond Chandler and Film US. MacShane US.