Los Angeles: Villa di Stefano Productions, 1964. First Draft script for the 1964 television film, which originally aired on CBS. With actor Martin Landau's copied annotations throughout. Included are a set of synopses for proposed episodes, a shooting schedule, a distributor's announcement booklet, and various other documents related to production.
Also included is an original celluloid print of the film, on a single reel, in its original mailing case with cloth straps, dated 2/18/65, addressed from director Joseph Stefano to Landau on the mailing label in holograph black ink, and INSCRIBED by Stefano to Landau at the top left corner of the case in the same ink: "To Martin / Whose splendid brilliance and warmth put the special spark in this bright fire / Your grateful and admiring friend / Joe Stefano."
Fearful of being buried alive, a woman installs a phone in the crypt in which she plans to be in case of emergencies. Months after her death, the phone begins to ring, presenting a new ghostly case for Landau's paranormal investigator.
The film was intended to be the pilot for a new paranormal thriller series tentatively titled "The Haunted" (as titled on the front wrapper), but the series wasn't picked up, and the pilot was released as a television movie after additional footage was shot.
Black titled wrappers, with credits for director-screenwriter Joseph Stefano, noted as PILOT SCRIPT ONE. Title page present, dated July 27, 1964, noted as PILOT SCRIPT ONE, with credits for director-screenwriter Joseph Stefano. 77 leaves, with last page of text numbered 76. Early Xerox, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with three silver brads.
Film reel and film stock are unexamined.