Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1945. Early Draft script for the 1946 film. An early draft written by playwright Clifford Odets during his Hollywood tenure, at a point when RKO was considering Gary Cooper and Cary Grant as possible leads in the film. Eventually RKO sold the property to Liberty Pictures, who had other screenwriters do a rewrite as a vehicle for James Stewart.
Based on Philip Van Doren Stern's privately published 1943 short story, "The Greatest Gift," about a man at the end of his rope during Christmas. Generally considered one of the greatest films ever made, and nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Shot on location in California.
Green titled wrappers, noted as ESTIMATING SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 1838, dated FEBRUARY 12, 1945, with credits for screenwriter Clifford Odets. Title page integral to the front wrapper, presumably as issued. 217 leaves, with last page of text numbered 217. Mimeograph duplication on yellow onionskin stock, rectos only. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.