Culver City, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] / Filmways, 1964. Early draft script for the 1965 film. Though unmarked, this copy belonged to uncredited screenwriter Charles Eastman. From the estate of Carole and Charles Eastman.
Based on the 1948 novel by Evelyn Waugh, legendarily co-written by Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood.
The sister film to "Dr. Strangelove," and in the eyes of many, just as much a masterpiece of exquisitely wrought black humor. Made in the US, but in a dense, British-American style. Ostensibly a satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet winds up in a Hollywood cemetery as part of an inheritance arrangement--but in reality a satire of Hollywood itself, as well as the Western malaise of the mid 1960s.
Red titled wrappers, dated Jan. 26, 1962. Title page not present, presumably as issued. 130 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 130. Mimeograph. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.