Beverly Hills, CA: The Where's Poppa Company, 1969. First Revised Draft script for the 1970 film.
Based on the 1970 novel. A stark black comedy in which Gordon, stuck caring for his senile mother, becomes increasingly frustrated with his inability to have a love life due to her interference. The first of Carl Reiner's early directorial efforts intended to push the envelope of comedy, including graphic descriptions of sexual assault and war violence against the Vietnamese. The original ending, which was omitted before theatrical release for being too risqué, shows a defeated Gordon climbing into bed with his mother, finally assuming the role of his long-dead father in an incestuous climax.
Set and shot on location in New York.
Blue titled wrappers. Title page present, dated December 15, 1969, noted as FIRST REVISED DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Robert Klane. 114 leaves, with last page of text numbered 107. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, with yapping and edgewear, bound with two gold brads.