The Great Lie

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1937. Temporary Draft script for an unproduced film called "The Great Lie," written by Ivan Goff under the supervision of Henry Blanke. Not to be confused with the 1941 Emund Goulding film starring Bette Davis. Owner name in holograph pencil on the front wrapper. File Copy, rubber-stamped on the front wrapper.

Set in England, a prolific playwright is accused of murder, and only the mysterious woman at the scene of the crime can prove his innocence. If the woman wasn't of nobility, the playwright could easily give her name as an alibi. Intent on maintaining silence, an in-law of the mysterious woman poses as the playwright's alibi. To avoid scandal, the playwright and the new "alibi" are married in a rush, and the woman has second thoughts, ultimately discovering her true passions for the playwright.

Ivan Goff (1910-1999) was a house screenwriter for Warner Brothers, his first film credit being the Curtis Bernhardt film, "My Love Came Back" (1940). Prior to this, Goff was a staff writer at Republic Pictures, and this script would mark perhaps his earliest entry with Warner, even though the film went unproduced. Notably, Goff also created the television series, "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981), writing over 100 episodes. His other television credits include "The Rogues," "Mannix," "Logan's Run," and "Nero Wolfe."

Gray titled wrappers, noted as TEMPORARY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 32. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page present, dated 12/3/37, with credits for screenwriter Goff and supervisor Blanke. 177 leaves, with last page of text numbered 171. Mimeograph on yellow stock, with a blue page stating the script is for advance information only, and a white distribution page. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good, bound with two gold brads.


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