Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1946. Final script for the 1947 film, here under the working title "Build My Gallows High".
The AFI Catalog notes that production for the film began one day before the date on this draft, meaning that apart from revisions, it was the first working script produced during production. The screenwriter is uncredited here, but must certainly be Daniel Mainwaring, the only credited screenwriter on the film, and the author of the novel "Build My Gallows High" (under the pseudonym Geoffrey Homes) upon which the screenplay is based. Mainwaring would make a permanent switch from novels to screenplays after the success of the film, first under his pseudonym, then later under his real name.
A former private detective lives a quiet life in a small town until his past catches up with him, forcing him to return to the world of crime. An unimpeachable high spot of the genre.
Set in Bridgeport, California, shot in the High Sierra Mountains of Nevada and Reno, Nevada, as well as Bridgeport and locations throughout California.
Pink titled wrappers, rubber-stamped FINAL SCRIPT on the front wrapper, dated October 24, 1946. Title page integral with first page of text. 138 leaves, with last page of text numbered 138. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.
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