A Fine Mess [The Music Box]

Los Angeles: Blake Edwards Entertainment, Circa 1985. Draft script for the 1986 film, here under the working title "The Music Box."

The second page of the script is a statement from Blake Edwards expressing his intent of utilizing "broad improvisation," and leaving the concise script with relatively minimal dialogue. Noted in the AFI Catalog.

Inspired by the classic, and Academy Award winning, Laurel & Hardy short "The Music Box" (1932), directed by James Parrott. Originally intended by Edwards to be a vehicle for Richard Pryor and Burt Reynolds.

Actor and gambler Spencer Holden (Ted Danson) overhears gangsters, Binky and Turnip (Stuart Margolin and Richard Mulligan), at the racetrack talking about doping a horse to win the race. When the thugs find out, they trail him and his restauranteur buddy, Dennis Powel (Howie Mandel), to make sure they don't go to the authorities.

Untitled Blake Edwards Entertainment wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Blake Edwards. 55 leaves, with last page of text numbered 53. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with two gold brads.


[Book #148722]

Price: $450.00