The Eagle and the Hawk

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1933. First Draft script for the 1933 film. With holograph pencil annotations on the front wrapper.

Lt. Henry Crocker, a blithe Royal Air Force pilot, realizes that the constant violence of war is beginning to take a harsh toll on Lt. Jerry Young, his flying ace buddy, who is showing signs of cracking up. When Young breaks down and eventually commits suicide, Crocker decides to stage his death as an in-air combat casualty in order to save his friend's reputation. The script's original ending, seen in this early version, depicted Crocker years later as a bedraggled old man, homeless and alone, staring at a memorial plaque with an epitaph praising Young's heroism.

Tall peach titled self wrappers, noted as FIRST SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 451, dated January 30, 1933, with credits for screenwriters Bogart Rogers and Seton I. Miller. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 115 leaves, with last page of text numbered 112. Mimeograph duplication on peach stock, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, with creasing to the top left corner of the rear wrapper, side stapled.

[Book #146070]

Price: $450.00