Suicide Battalion [Hell Raiders]

Edward L. Cahn (director)
Lou Rusoff (screenwriter)
Mike Connors, John Ashley, Jewell Lain, Russ Bender (starring)

Los Angeles: American International Pictures [AIP], Circa 1958. Draft script for the 1958 film, "Suicide Batallion," here under its working title, "Hell Raiders."

The screenwriter-director team of Rusoff and Kahn worked together on several AIP films, including "Girls in Prison" (1956), "The She-Creature" (1956), "Shake, Rattle & Rock" (1956), "Runaway Daughters" (1956), "Dragstrip Girl" (1957), and "Motorcycle Gang" (1957). Rusoff also scripted a few Roger Corman films, including "Apache Woman " (1955), "Day the World Ended" (1955), "The Oklahoma Woman" (1956), and "It Conquered the World" (1956).

A group of men are recruited for a dangerous mission to destroy an American base in order to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when Japanese forces invade.

Set in the Philippines, shot on location in Dallas, Texas.

AIP moved from big screen productions to television at the turn on the 1960s, remaking several film scripts as television movies, including this one, which was eventually released as Larry Buchanan's 1968 film, "Hell Raiders" (the original title).

Blue titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 36. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page integral with distribution page, with credits for screenwriter/producer Rusoff, and slated director Edward L. Kahn. 121 leaves, with last page of text numbered 118. Mimeograph duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound three two gold brads.

Davenport US. Ray US.

[Book #135931]