Hollywood: Blue Underground, 1976. Original treatment for the 1977 Italian giallo film.
Director John Huston's copy. Laid in is a typed letter signed, dated January 28, 1977, from noted agent Paul Kohner on Kohner's stationery, encouraging Huston to read the script and consider directing the film: "Dear John, / Please find enclosed copy of the screenplay of PYJAMA GIRL / the Australian project about which we spoke this evening. / Fondly / Paul / P.S. / This is not yet a firm offer, John, but it may well be one by Monday."
Huston did not direct the film, nor did it become an Australian film. It met instead with a somewhat wild fate, becoming one of the most famous Italian "giallo" films of the 1970s. directed by Flavio Mogherini, released in Italy and Europe, on December 31, 1977, eleven months after the date of Kohner's letter to Huston, and a year and 3 months after the date of the screenplay. The film was never released theatrically in the United States.
"The Pyjama Girl Case" was an Italian-Spanish co-production, shot in Australia. It was released with the title La Ragazza dalL Pigiamo Giallo in Italy and "The Pyjama Girl Case" Internationally. Historical perspective has categorized it as Italian "giallo" film, this one having the distinction of being based on a true story of one of the most sensational and disturbing murder mysteries ever to have happened in Australia. Blue Underground released the film in 2006, the first wide release of the film ever, and certainly its first release in the United States in any form.
Teal titled wrappers. Title page present, dated September 1976, with credits for screenwriters Pupi Avati, Antonio Avati, and Flavio Mogherini. 133 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 130. Mechanically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with silver spring binding.
Blue Underground. Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse II.