The Rack

Arnold Laven (director)
Stewart Stern (screenwriter)
Paul Newman, Wendell Corey, Walter Pidgeon (starring)

Culver City, CA: MGM, 1955. Composite script for the 1956 film. With occasional copied handwritten annotations throughout, but made from a master, with machine hole punches and no hole shadows, and rainbow revisions throughout.

A Korean War veteran returns home, only to be swiftly court-martialed for collaboration with the Chinese while in captivity as a prisoner of war. One of Paul Newman's first starring film appearances, and an early exploration of the horrors of psychological torture and brainwashing—a predecessor to films such as "Time Limit" (1957), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), and "Telefon" (1977).

Goldenrod titled wrappers, noted as VAULT COPY / COMPOSITE SCRIPT / COMPLETE on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 173 and production No. 5630, dated 10-25-55, with credits for director Arnold Laven and screenwriter Stewart Stern. 214 leaves, with last page of text numbered 108. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with pink and white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 10-24-55 and 12-15-55. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, with tidemarks to the upper edge of the rear wrapper, bound with two gold brads.

[Book #146135]