The Climax

Universal City: Universal Pictures, 1943. Draft script for the 1944 Universal horror film. With holograph pencil annotations on the front wrapper and throughout, mostly noting deletions and page number changes. Included with the script is a bound set of revision pages attributed on the front wrapper and at the top of numerous leaves to dialogue director Gene Lewis, dated from 1/6/43 to 1/14/44.

Ostensibly based on the play by Edward Locke, but bearing little resemblance in plot, the film follows a physician who becomes obsessed with a young singer whose voice reminds him of his late wife's, whom he murdered because of a similar obsession. Originally intended to be a sequel to Universal Pictures' "Phantom of the Opera" (1943). Nominated for an Academy Award.

Set in Vienna.

Beige titled wrappers, rubber-stamped production No. 7203, dated DECEMBER 6, 1943. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 156 leaves, with last page of text numbered 147. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, rectos only, with yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between 12/22/43 and 12/28/43. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Weaver and Brunas, Universal Horrors.


[Book #146446]

Price: $850.00