Wives and Lovers

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1963. Revised Final White script for the 1963 film. Copy belonging to a crew member (presumed), with annotations in holograph ink and pencil on both sides of the first page.

Based on a screenplay by Jacqueline "Jay" Presson Allen, a romantic comedy about unsuccessful writer Bill Austin (Johnson) who lives in New York with his wife Bertie (Leigh). Their lives change dramatically when Bill's first novel becomes a bestseller, and he persuades Bertie to quit her job and move to the suburbs. Bill begins working long hours on Broadway adapting his novel for the theater, and he spends more and more time with his attractive agent, Lucinda Ford (Hyer). Bertie is suspicious and begins courting actor Gar Aldrich (Jeremy Slate).

Set in New York, shot on location in California. Edith Head was nominated for an Oscar for her costume designs.

Playwright and screenwriter Jay Allen was living in New York when she wrote the screenplay, performing on radio and in cabaret, both of which she loathed so much that she tried to get fired from nearly every production. After a long period of writer's block, she started writing again and sold some of her work to live television programs like "The Philco Television Playhouse." When she married Lewis M. Allen in 1955, they moved to the countryside, where Allen had a baby, and spent two and a half "absolutely wonderful years in the country."

Eventually the couple came back to the city to work. Allen drew on her married life and wrote "The First Wife," a witty script about a suburban working couple. When Allen read Muriel Spark's "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," she instantly saw the books potential for stage adaptation. After undergoing hypnotherapy to alleviate another bout of writer's block, Allen produced a draft of the play in three days.

Allen's notable film credits as screenwriter include "Marnie" (1964), "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969), "Cabaret" (1972), "A Star Is Born" (1976), "Deathtrap" and "The Verdict" (both 1982), and "Lord of the Flies" (1990).

Self wrappers, noted as REVISED FINAL WHITE SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 107 and production No. 10228, dated February 1, 1963, with a credit for screenwriter Anhalt. Title page integral with front wrapper. 160 leaves, with last page of text numbered 158. Mimeograph on eye-rest green stock, dated 2/1/63 and 2/4/63. Pages Near Fine, bound with two silver brads.

[Book #134888]

Price: $75.00