Beverly Hills, CA: E-K-Corporation / United Artists, 1971. First draft script for the 1973 film, written nine months before the production began.
From the estate of film producer Elliott Kastner, whose best known credits include "The Missouri Breaks" (Arthur Penn, 1976), and “Heat” (Michael Mann, 1996).
Based on Chandler’s 1953 novel, the sixth and penultimate Philip Marlowe book. Screenwriter Leigh Brackett, who also co-wrote the screenplay for "The Big Sleep" (1946), updated not just the setting from the 1950s to the 1970s, but the attitudes, themes, and relationships as well. The result was less of a straight adaptation than it was a satire of the traditional detective story, a New Hollywood classic.
Shot on location in Los Angeles, Malibu, Hollywood, and Mexico
Black titled Studio Duplicating Service, Inc. wrappers. Title page present, dated September 1971, noted as First Draft, with credits for screenwriter Leigh Brackett. 109 leaves, with last page of text numbered 108. Mimeographed, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.
Grant US. Hardy, BFI Companion to Crime. Silver Classic Noir. Spicer US.