Universal City: Universal Pictures, 1956. Second Revised Final Draft script for the 1957 film. Presentation copy belonging to producer, Ross Hunter, bound in navy full calf with gilt titles on cover and spine, with Hunter's name on the front board.
Based on the 1956 autobiography of the same name by Colonel Dean E. Hess, a real-life United States Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War. Hess was a technical advisor for the film and the gold flying helmet Rock Hudson wears was his personal possession. A poster for "Battle Hymn" appears outside the movie theater in the 1959 pilot episode of The Twilight Zone, "Where Is Everybody?"
Set in 1950s Westhampton, Ohio and Seoul, shot on location in Seoul, South Korea and Nogales, AZ.
Navy full calf binding without paper wrappers as issued. Title page present, noted as Second Revised Final, with credits for screenwriter Charles Grayson. 137 leaves, with last page of text numbered 123-A. Multilith duplication, with pink, blue, white, revision pages throughout, dated variously between 2/29/56 and 4/23/56. Pages Near Fine, presentation binding Near Fine.
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