Laugh, Clown, Laugh

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1927. Shooting script for the 1928 film. Original typescript with descriptive text in black type and intertitles in red type. Holograph ink and pencil annotations on the front wrapper, noting starring performers, draft type, and crediting screenwriter Meehan. With a few annotations in holograph pencil throughout.

Based on the 1923 Broadway play by David Belasco and Tom Cushing, in turn an adaptation of the 1919 story "Ridi, Pagliaccio" by Fausto Martini, about two clowns who find an abandoned child. Years later, one of the clowns falls in love with her, and knowing that they can never be together, performs a deadly stunt without safety protections. A partially lost film, including an alternative happy ending. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1929 for Best Title Writing, the only year for that category.

Set in Italy, shot on location in Elysian Park (a suburb of Los Angeles, California).

Blue studio wrappers, noted as FIRST TEMPORARY INCOMPLETE (and struck through, with Final Draft inscribed) on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 1640 and production No. 5272, dated Nov. 19, 1927, with credits for playwrights Belasco and Cushing, and (in ink) screenwriter Meehan. 73 unnumbered leaves, typescript on watermarked onionskin stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good, split at the spine (now encapsulated in mylar), bound with two gold brads.

[Book #134522]