Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1945. Draft script for the 1945 film, with an additional seven page addendum on pink stock with alternate endings written out in a treatment form.
In addition to containing an alternate ending, the date on the script coincides with the takeover of the project by RKO from original producer David O. Selznick in July 1945, making it one of the earliest possible drafts to bear the RKO label. Selznick, who was never happy with the film’s script or casting, sold it to RKO after the disastrous production of "Duel in Sun" began absorbing most of his time and money.
Nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Claude Rains.
Set in and shot on location in Brazil with Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and Santa Anita Park & Racetrack.
Red titled wrappers, front wrapper dated July 16, 1945 and rubber-stamped production No. 1490, credited to both Hecht and Hitchcock. Title page integral with the first page of text. 167 leaves, with last page of text numbered 160, followed by 7 pages on pink stock, numbered A-G, and titled "ALTERNATIVE ENDING".
Mimeograph duplication, all pages on white and pink onionskin stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very God plus with some tiny closed tears, bound with three gold brads.
National Film Registry. Criterion Collection 137. Ebert l. Grant US. Penzler 101. Rosenbaum 1000. Selby US Canon. Selby US Masterwork. Silver and Ward Classic Noir. Spicer US.