Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox, 1969. Revised First Draft script for the 1970 film. "Art" in holograph pencil on the front wrapper, and a few holograph notations in ink on page 2 noting various scene props, leads us to believe this belonged to a member of the film's art department, Dennis J. Parrish being the property master. Brief holograph notations in pencil and ink throughout. Laid in are several pages of revisions, beginning with page 137, and a notice "to all secretaries" to add said revisions, dated October 3, 1969. Also included are four vintage black-and-white reference photographs from the film.
Based on Sackler's 1968 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning play, a fictionalized account of the life of boxing champion Jack Johnson. James Earl Jones (his first starring role) and Jane Alexander (her first film credit and starring role) were both nominated for Oscars, reprising their lead roles from the Broadway production.
Jack Johnson (1878-1946) boxed during heavy segregation in the American South, and rose to Heavyweight Champion of the World during the Jim Crow era. The white population was angered by Johnson's victories and his open relationships with white women, thus causing the United States Congress to pass a law in 1912 making it illegal to transport prizefight films across state lines, intending to curtail race riots. "The great white hope" is a reference to the boxer whom whites hoped would finally defeat Johnson.
Shot on location in England, Arizona, and California.
Blue studio wrappers, noted as REVISED FIRST DRAFT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 196, dated May 12, 1969. Title page present, dated May 12, 1969, noted as REVISED FIRST DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Howard Sackler.
Script: 156 leaves, last leaf of text numbered 155, eye-rest green stock, mimeograph.
Laid-in revisions dated October 3, 1969: 16 leaves (1 yellow "notice" page, 15 eye-rest green stock), mimeograph.
Pages Near Fine, wrapper toned with light yapping, else Near Fine, bound with three gold brads. Revisions bound with paper clip. Film stills Near Fine.