Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, Circa 1922. Draft script for the 1922 film. With holograph ink and pencil annotations to the front wrapper, noting the year ("1922"), "446", and "only copy", and the signature of an unknown crew member at the top right corner of the first page. Rare, this being the only copy that we have ever handled.
Based on the 1919 play by Alethea Luce, which was in turn based on the 1895 novel by John Ames Mitchell, about a typical American college student who receives a supernatural vision, forcing his parents to reveal he was left on their doorstep as an infant and is really the heir to an Indian dynasty, one that now wants him to return home.
One of the final films silent movie icon and renowned "Great Lover" Rudolph Valentino would make before his death in 1926. Regarded as the silver screen's first male sex symbol, Valentino came to prominence in Hollywood in large part due to the efforts of legendary screenwriter and producer June Mathis, who cast him in his breakthrough role in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921). Mathis wrote a number of leading roles for Valentino, including "The Conquering Power" (1921), "Camille" (1921), and "Blood and Sand" (1922). Moreover, Mathis' controversial departure from her highly paid position at Metro Pictures to the more commercial Paramount (then known as Famous Players-Lasky) was widely attributed to the latter company's promise that she could continue to write for Valentino, who had signed with Paramount a year prior.
"The Young Rajah" was partially restored in 2006 by Turner Classic Movies, although the first two-thirds of the film remain lost.
Set in Connecticut and India.
Tall white titled self wrappers, with title page integral with the front wrapper as issued, noted as Scenario on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 2096, with credits for novelist J.A. Mitchell, screenwriter June Mathis, actor Rudolph Valentino, and director Philip Rosen. 198 leaves, with last page of text numbered 197. Spirit duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, bound on the top edge with two gold brads.