Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1961. Early Draft script for the 1970 film "Cromwell," seen here under the title "Oliver Cromwell." Copy belonging to director/screenwriter Ken Hughes, with his annotations throughout. With 11 pages of reproductions from "The Commonweal" newspaper from August and September 1885 laid into the front of the script, along with a drawing of how to add pages to the spring binder.
A biographical account of the 17th century political and religious struggles taking place in England under the reign of King Charles (Alec Guinness). Likely one of the earliest screenplay drafts, shelved for almost ten years due to an inability to find funding. Director Ken Hughes' favorite of his own films. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and nominated for one other.
Shot on location in Spain and England.
Red leatherette spring binder with holograph felt ink titles on tape. Title page present, dated 26th July, 1961, noted as 2nd Screenplay, with credits for screenwriter Ken Hughes. 279 leaves, with last page of text numbered 279. Mimeograph, rectos only, with pink revision pages throughout, dated 26th July, 1961 and 29th September, 1961. Pages Near Fine, spring binder Very Good plus.