Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1975. Draft script for the 1976 film "St. Ives," here under the working title, "St. Ives' Big Score." Brief notation in holograph ink on the title page.
Based on the 1972 crime novel, "The Procane Chronicle," by Ross Thomas (writing as Oliver Bleeck). The first of no fewer than ten films director Thompson would make with badass Charles Bronson, and ironically, one of the last produced by a major studio. The pair would go on to make taut, violent potboilers such as "10 to Midnight" (1983), "The Evil That Men Do" (1984), and "Murphy's Law" (1986).
Raymond St. Ives (Bronson) is a novelist drawn back into the world of his former profession of crime reporting by wealthy Abner Procane (Houseman). St. Ives is hired to locate stolen documents with ties to the local mob. Janet Whistler (Bisset) is an associate of Procane's accompanying St. Ives, but her motives are vague.
Features early supporting roles by Jeff Goldblum and Robert "Freddy" (Krueger) Englund.
Set in Los Angeles, shot on location in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California.
Red leatherette wrappers with gilt titles. Title page present, dated September 22, 1975, noted as ST. IVES' BIG SCORE, with credits for actor Bronson, producers Pancho Kohner and Stan Canter, director Thompson, and screenwriter Beckerman. 124 leaves, with last page of text numbered 121. Mechanically and photographically reproduced, some leaves with photocopied punch holes. Pages Near Fine, Wrapper Very Good, front wrapper soiled, bound with two gold brads.
Hardy, The Gangster Film, p. 365.