Florida: Three Arts Productions, 1956. Draft script for an unproduced play called "Rope," adapted for stage by Walter Lawrence from Arthur Laurents' screenplay for the 1948 film, which in turn was based on the 1929 play by Patrick Hamilton. Copy belonging to an uncredited cast member who played Phillip, with notations in holograph pencil and ink at his inclusions.
Hamilton's play opened in England in 1929, and opened on Broadway the same year, retitled "Rope's End." It was then adapted by Hume Cronyn, with Arthur Laurents writing the screenplay, for Hitchcock's classic 1948 thriller starring Dick Hogan, John Dall, Farley Granger, and James Stewart. Several television movies were produced, notably a 1939 Dallas Bower film, a 1947 British production starring Dirk Bogarde, and a 1957 Australian production. A few Off-Broadway productions occurred throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and this script is presumed to have been used during that time.
A story set in New York, a change from the setting of England in the original play, loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, where two friends kill a third friend just for the thrill. They hide the body in an antique chest, throw a party and use the chest as a table, and boast about a recent murder in town. An old professor at the party eventually wises to their scheme.
Salmon wrappers, dated September 24, 1956, with credits for playwrights Hamilton and Lawrence, and screenwriter Laurents. Title page present, identical to front wrapper. 114 leaves, with last page of text numbered 105. Mimeograph. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.