St. Ives [St. Ives' Big Score]

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1975. Draft script for the 1976 film "St. Ives," here under the working title, "St. Ives' Big Score." Included are several unbound revision sheets, dated 10/11/75, on pink stock. Based on the 1972 crime novel, "The Procane Chronicle," by Ross Thomas (writing as Oliver Bleeck).

The first of no fewer than ten films director J. Lee Thompson would make with badass Charles Bronson, and ironically, one of the last with a major studio behind it. The pair would go on to make taut, violent potboilers such as "10 to Midnight" (1983), "The Evil That Men Do" (1984), and "Murphy's Law" (1986).

Raymond St. Ives (Bronson) is a novelist drawn back into the world of his former profession of crime reporting by wealthy Abner Procane (Houseman). St. Ives is hired to locate stolen documents with ties to the local mob. Janet Whistler (Bisset) is an associate of Procane's accompanying St. Ives, but her motives are vague.

Features early supporting roles by Jeff Goldblum and Robert "Freddy" (Krueger) Englund.

Set in Los Angeles, shot on location in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California.

Blue titled wrappers, with gilt titles. Title page present, dated September 29, 1975, noted as ST. IVES' BIG SCORE, with credits for actor Bronson, producers Pancho Kohner and Stan Canter, director Thompson, and screenwriter Beckerman. 116 leaves, with last page of text numbered 114, with 9 laid-in pink revision pages, dated 10/11/75. Mechanical duplication. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with three gold brads.

Hardy, The Gangster Film, p. 365.


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