One Way Street

Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1949. Final Shooting script for the 1950 film noir, here under the film's working title, "Death on a Side Street." That title has been struck through in black marker, with the film's final title, "One Way Street," written just above it.

In this key film noir, James Mason reprises in spirit his role from the British film noir, "Odd Man Out," made three years before, as a criminal who steals from the mob and is forced to go on the lam, with mob boss Dan Duryea in no mood for forgiveness.

The first American film to be directed by Argentinian import Hugo Fregonese. The AFI Catalog notes that Mexican Vice Consul Ernesto Romero acted as technical advisor, and according to studio production notes, an entire Mexican village was built on the Universal-International lot. Rodolfo Acosta, Emma Roldan and Margarito Luna were all Mexican actors. Finally, popular character actor James Best made his debut in "One-Way Street," appearing briefly in an uncredited role as a "Driver."

Red titled wrappers, noted as Final Shooting Script on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 7684, dated October 15, 1949. Title page present, noted as Final Screenplay, with credit for screenwriter Kimble. 119 leaves, mimeograph, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 10-21-49 and 11-12-49. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Grant US. Selby Canon US. Silver Classic Noir. Spicer US.

[Book #137616]

Price: $375.00