The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle [Castles in the Air]

Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1937. Treatment script for the 1939 musical, here under the working title "Castles in the Air."

Based on real-life ballroom dancers Irene and Vernon Castle, who rekindled an interest in Western ballroom dancing in the early 20th century. Irene Castle served on the film's production team and was purportedly quite difficult to please, criticizing actor Ginger Rogers' refusal to bob her hair (a style that Castle popularized in the US) and, more broadly, the censorship restrictions which prohibited licentious—and, Castle argued, accurate—portrayals of the Ragtime Era or Jazz Age. A rare departure from the screwball comedies which characterized Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' earlier films, and the final musical the pair would make with RKO Studios.

Set in New Jersey, New York, Paris, and Britain.

White titled wrappers, rubber-stamped "Please Return to RKO STORY FILES" and production No. 1010 on the front wrapper, dated OCTOBER 13, 1937, with credits for screenwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 64 leaves, with last page of text numbered 64. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, lightly edgeworn, bound with three gold brads.

[Book #147234]

Price: $3,500.00