The Entity

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, Circa 1980. Archive of seven scripts for the 1982 film. Included is a first draft, third draft, four undated drafts, and one draft under the working title "Carlotta: A Haunted Lady." Two scripts with holograph notations present. From the estate of Frank De Felitta.

Based on the 1978 novel of the same name about a real case of an alleged haunting. In 1974, Culver City, Doris Bither claimed the ghosts of three men were raping her. De Felitta was present during the investigation with lead researcher and parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff who served as technical advisor on "The Entity" as well as being represented in the film by the character, Gene Kraft. "The Entity" is one of the few possession films that ends with White Science and Black Magic in a draw. Critics of the time dismissed the film, but it still became something of a cult classic that evoked "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist."

Screenwriter Frank De Felitta was born 1921 in the Bronx. He served as a pilot right out of high school in WWII and returned to New York in 1945 where he began writing scripts. His first produced work was for the radio thriller series, "The Whistler," and once established, he turned to television writing, producing and directing documentaries, receiving Emmy nominations in 1963 and 1968.

By the early 70's De Felitta was working on film scripts with author Max Ehrlich. His first novel "Oktoberfest" (1973) was a thriller that made him enough money to finance time needed to write the bestseller horror story about reincarnation, the hit film "Audrey Rose" (1975) and later its sequel, "For Love of Audrey Rose" (1982). He went on to write the film adaptation of the same story in 1977, starring Anthony Hopkins (as Audrey's father) and Marsha Mason (as Ivy's mother), directed by Robert Wise.

1st Draft Screenplay:
Blue untitled wrappers with holographic pencil notation. Title page present, dated September 25, 1978, noted as First Draft Screenplay, with credits for screenwriter Frank DeFelitta. 126 leaves, with last page of text numbered 132. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with two gold brads.

3rd Draft:
Black titled wrappers. Title page present, holographic pencil notation, dated March 1980, noted as 3rd Draft, with credits for screenwriter Frank DeFelitta. 153 leaves, with last page of text numbered 143. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good Plus bound with three gold brads.

Entity Undated 1:
Black titled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Frank De Felitta. 145 leaves, with last page of text numbered 142. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with two gold brads.

Entity Undated 2:
Black titled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Frank DeFelitta, [The Paul Kohner Michael Levy Agency], producers Joe Wizan and Joyce Lukon. 128 leaves, with last page of text numbered 127. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with two gold brads.

Entity Undated 3:
Orange untitled wrappers. 126 leaves, with last page of text numbered 127. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with three gold brads.

Entity Undated 4 Bound Internally
Black titled wrappers. Title page present with credits for screenwriter Frank De Felitta. [Holograph notation, type over.] 143 leaves, with last page of text numbered 139. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound internally with three gold brads.

Carlotta: A Haunted Lady:
Pale yellow untitled wrappers. Title page present with credits for screenwriter Frank De Felitta and producers Joe Wizan and Joyce Lukon. 146 leaves, with last page of text numbered 145. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with two gold brads.



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