Manhattan Heartbeat [Marriage in Transit]

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1940. Final script for the 1940 film. With holograph pencil and ink annotations on the front wrapper and title page.

A loose adaptation of the pre-Code melodrama "Bad Girl" (1931), which was in turn based on the 1928 novel by Vina Delmar. Newlyweds Johnny and Dottie have trouble staying within their budget due to Dottie's extravagant spending, eventually leading Johnny to take on dangerous test-pilot jobs at the airport where he works as a mechanic. A cautionary morality tale about premarital sex and pregnancy.

Set in New York.

Blue titled wrappers, noted as FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 114 and production No. 1887, dated MARCH 19, 1940. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page present, dated March 16, 1940, noted as Final Script, with credits for screenwriters Clark Andrews and Harold Buchman. 122 leaves, with last page of text numbered 116. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3/19/40 and 3/26/40. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, with some yapping at the right edges, bound internally with three gold brads.

[Book #146052]