The Reluctant Heroes [The Egghead on Hill 56]

Robert Day (director)
Ernie Frankel, Herman Hoffman (screenwriters)
Ken Berry, Jim Hutton, Trini Lopez, Don Marshall (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: American Broadcasting Company [ABC], 1968. First Draft script for the 1971 television movie, "The Reluctant Heroes," here under the working title, "The Egghead on Hill 56." This script is set during the Vietnam War, with scenes set in South Vietnam and characters speaking in Vietnamese, and it is presumed the setting was changed when screenwriter Ernie Frankel joined the crew.

Lieutenant Murphy (Berry) tags along on a patrol during the Korean War. The patrol comes under fire, with several soldiers injured or killed, and Murphy takes command. With no real training or experience, Murphy leads the patrol to employ tactics he adapts from historical battles.

Goldenrod titled wrappers, noted as SECOND DRAFT SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 38, dated March 7, 1968. Title page present, dated March 7, 1968, noted as SECOND DRAFT SCREENPLAY, with a credit for screenwriter Hoffman. 134 leaves, with last page of text numbered 132. Mechanical duplication. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

[Book #135106]