Universal City, CA: Universal, 1941. Draft script for the 1941 film, here under the working title %The Great Man,% with holograph annotations on nearly every page. W.C. Fields' last starring film before his death in 1946.
Told as a "real life" film starring Fields as himself, "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" is an off-beat and slightly bizarre spoof on the Hollywood and filmmaking industry of Fields' time. The film doesn't quite follow a storyline, and is instead intentionally riddled with inconsistencies, forgotten characters, and wacky plot holes.
Light blue titled wrappers. Title page integral with the first page of text, with credits for screenwriters John T. Neville, Prescott Chaplin, and Fred Cribblecobbis (W.C. Fields pseudonym). 156 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 156. Typescript on onionskin stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound internally with two gold brads.