Johnny Cool

Beverly Hills, CA: Chrislaw Productions, Circa 1962. Archive of material from the 1963 film, including two Draft scripts, a partial script, an 83-page treatment (here noted as a "Scene Breakdown"), four gatherings of revision pages (including two with annotations), and a contact sheet of eleven images.

One script is undated and without revisions, likely a first draft. The other script contains blue and yellow revision pages, variously dated between July and August 1962, and executed in carbon and ribbon typescript, with brief holograph annotations throughout.

The partial script, dated variously throughout August 1962, is executed in carbon typescript on pink onionskin stock, with a typed note reading “Last Half of Script sent to (uncredited producer or crew member) Joe Wiseman” attached to the first page by a clip.

The “Scene Breakdown” is undated, executed in carbon typescript on onionskin, with a single holograph pencil annotation to the dialogue, likely screenwriter Joseph Landon’s initial, but extensive, treatment.

The gatherings of revision pages include:

An eight page carbon typescript of the “Giordano Mountain Meeting” scene, dated July 1962, on yellow onionskin stock.

Three copies of a four page carbon typescript on pink onionskin, noted as “Notes on Five Victims,” dated 8/7.

46 pink and white revision pages on onionskin stock, variously excecuted in carbon typescript or ribbon typescript, including 17 pages with holograph ink and pencil annotations regarding dialogue, motivation, plot, and strike-throughs.

Finally, the archive includes a contact sheet with eleven images, with five showing director William Asher on set, three showing Silva, and the remaining six of a bearded and heavily made-up star Henry Silva on the set.

Based on John McPartland's 1959 crime novel ,"The Kingdom of Johnny Cool," about an exiled American mobster who sends an Italian outlaw to the US to assassinate his enemies. Silva has often cited the film as his personal favorite out of nearly 150 cited performances.

Set in Italy, New York City and Hollywood, shot on location in Southern California.

Contact sheet measuring 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Bound Script:

Blue titled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter Joseph Landon. 140 leaves, with last page of text numbered 139. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.

8/3/62 Script:

Self-wrappers, untitled, with latest revisions dated 8/3/62, 178 leaves, with last page of text numbered 162. Largely carbon typescript duplication with several ribbon typescript pages and several mimeograph duplication pages, rectos only, with blue and yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between 7-16-62 and 8/3/62. Pages Near Fine, overall, with first page Very Good with chipping, creasing, and closed tears to right edge, unbound

8/14/62 Partial Script:

Self-wrappers, untitled, with latest revisions dated 8/14/62. 139 leaves, with last page of text numbered 187. Carbon typescript duplication, rectos only, with pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8/7 and 8/14. Pages Near Fine, overall, with first page Very Good plus with chipping, creasing, and closed tears to right edge, bound with metal clip to top left corner.

Revision Pages, Very Good plus to Near Fine, with some light edgewear.

Selby Masterwork US. Silver and Ward Classic Noir. Spicer US.


[Book #151288]

Price: $1,875.00