The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

N.p. The Landau Company, 1963. Draft script for the 1968 film.

As early as 1950 there was talk of adapting Carson McCullers' 1940 debut novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" for the screen. In 1963 producer David Susskind took over Jose Quintero's attempt at adapting the novel, which began two years earlier with a script from British screenwriter Gavin Lambert. Susskind passed on Lambert's script opting for a script from Thomas C. Ryan.

Susskind planned to shoot the film in New York City with director Sidney Lumet, but the project ended up being held up indefinitely. Four years later Marc Merson's Brownstone Productions had taken over the film rights with Thomas C. Ryan's original 1963 script and with Ryan co-producing. During filming Ryan and director Robert Ellis Miller would make extensive re-writes as they went.

One of the great film adaptations of any American novel, starring Sondra Locke in her debut film, opposite Alan Arkin. Although much of the political aspect of McCullers' novel was removed from the film, the themes present in the author's work are readily apparent: race, loneliness, impoverishment, and anger. Arkin and Locke were nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars.

Set in in a small Southern town, shot on location in Selma, Alabama.

Red titled vinyl Hart Stenographic Bureau wrappers. Title page present, dated 8/26/63, with credits for novelist Carson McCullers and screenwriter Thomas C. Ryan. 130 leaves, with last page of text numbered 127. Mimeographed, rectos only, with pink revision pages throughout, dated 8/26/63. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two metal screw brads.


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