The Dark Angel

Universal City: Universal International Pictures, 1963. Revised First Draft script for an unproduced film.

An early draft of a planned remake of the 1935 film—which was in turn based on the 1925 lost silent film—with the setting moved from World War I to the Korean War. Gerald and Alan are rivals in love for Kitty, their mutual childhood friend, although it is Alan who wins her heart. Soon after, both men are drafted, and Alan is blinded in combat. As a result, he decides to conceal his identity and let his friends back home believe he has been killed in order to spare them the obligation of caring for him.

A project from the later years of screenwriter John Lee Mahin's career. Mahin was a prolific Hollywood writer known for his adventure films and racy sexual comedies, such as "Red Dust" (1932), "Riffraff" (1936), and "That Wonderful Urge" (1948).

Green titled wrappers, noted as REVISED FIRST DRAFT SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, dated March 15, 1963, and rubber-stamped MAR 21 1963. Title page present, noted as Revised First Draft Screenplay, with credits for screenwriter John Lee Mahin. 124 leaves, with last page of text numbered 115. Mimeograph duplication on yellow stock, rectos only, with blue and yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3/21/63 and 4/8/63. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.

[Book #146119]

Price: $75.00