Pork Chop Hill
Los Angeles: Melville Productions, 1959. Revised Shooting Final Draft script for the 1959 film, belonging to actor Martin Landau, his screen debut, housed in paper envelope bearing Landau's name, film title, script, and "Will pick up at the gate" on label. Annotations of Landau's name and character's name, written on the top of page 36 of script, and Landau's name again written at the top of page "66-67" of script, in holograph ink.
Laid in is a nine page production announcement from United Artists, which includes cast, credits, synopsis, and production notes.
Based on the 1956 historical novel Pork Chop Hill: The American Fighting Man in Action by S.L.A. Marshall.
The first bloody Battle of Pork Chop Hill, which took place in April of 1953, between the US Army's 7th Infantry Division and Chinese and North Korean forces. Gregory Peck portrays Lieutenant Joe Clemons, who along with South Korean Lieutenant Suki Ohashi, played by George Shibata, lead the Division to recapture the hill. All while American and Communist North Korean and Chinese forces convene to discuss a cease fire, 70 miles away at Panmunjon.
Martin Landau's feature film debut, and featuring break out performances from numerous actors who become major film and television stars in the 1960s and 1970s including, Woody Strode, Harry Guardino, Robert Blake, George Peppard, Norman Fell, Abel Fernandez, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton and others.
Set in Cheorwon-gun, South Korea, shot on location in California and Arizona.
Title page integral with front wrapper, dated APRIL 22, 1958, noted as REVISED SHOOTING FINAL, with credits for screenwriter James R. Webb and author S. L. A. Marshall. 121 leaves, with last page of text numbered 125. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5/20/58 and 6/20/58. Pages Very Good plus, with occasional light soil and dampstain on very bottom edge of leaf following title page, title page Very Good with large dampstain along two to three inches of bottom and lightly along outer edge, bound with three gold brads.
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