Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1944. Draft script for the 1944 film noir, here under the working title "Farewell, My Lovely."
Based on Raymond Chandler's influential 1940 novel "Farewell, My Lovely," wherein hard-boiled detective Phillip Marlowe is hired by a violent ex-con to locate an old girlfriend, a search which leads Marlowe deeper into a complex web of deceit. Widely considered one of the first films noir, and the first film adaptation of a novel in the Marlowe detective series, a release which marked the beginning of Chandler's active presence in Hollywood.
Set and shot on location in Los Angeles.
Light green titled wrappers, dated APRIL 10, 1944, rubber-stamped production No. 1274, with credits for screenwriter John Paxton. Title page integral with the front wrapper, ostensibly as issued. 161 leaves, with last page of text numbered 160. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.
Grant US. Penzler 101. Selby US Masterwork. Silver and Ward Classic Noir. Spicer US.