Johnny Cool

Beverly Hills, CA: Chrislaw Productions, Circa 1962. Archive of two Draft scripts, one unbound, a partial "last half of script," an 83-page "Scene Breakdown," four collections of revision pages (two of which have annotations), and a contact sheet of eleven images, from the 1963 film.

The bound script is undated and without revisions, likely a first draft. The unbound script, largely yellow and blue revision pages, dated 7/16 through 8/3, 1962, is predominantly a carbon typescript, with several ribbon typescript pages, both on onionskin, and 27 mimeograph duplication pages, with a single dialogue annotation on page 26-A, and page and scene number annotations on all mimeograph pages, in holograph ink. The partial script, dated 8/7 through 8/14, is a carbon typescript on on pink onionskin, with a typed note, "Last Half of Script sent to (uncredited producer or crewmember) Joe Wiseman," attached to the first page by a clip.

The "Scene Breakdown" is an undated, 83 page carbon typescript on onionskin, with a single dialogue annotation in holograph pencil, likely screenwriter Joseph Landon's initial, but extensive, treatment.

The collections of revision pages include an eight page carbon typescript "Giordano Mountain Meeting" scene, dated 7-18-62, on yellow onionskin. Three copies of a four page carbon typescript on pink onionskin, "Notes on Five Victims," dated 8/7, with a handwritten note on purple paper, attached by paper clip, of "8/7 - Notes on Five Victims Third Rewrite." 46 pages of revisions, ranging from page 3 through page 47-A, dated 8/17, all on pink paper except for one mimeographed white page, 28 of which are on pink onionskin, with 36 pages carbon typescript, nine ribbon typescript, with annotations regarding dialogue, motivation, plot, and strikes, in holograph pencil and ink, on 17 of the pages. The last collection of revision pages are 29 pink pages, all but one are mimeograph duplication, dated 10/10/62, five of which are page 124-A, including the first page which is carbon typescript on onionskin, noted as "Added Scene" by director "Bill Asher," with annotations in holograph pencil and ink, the remainder are eight copies of pages 124, 125, and 125A.

Lastly is a contact sheet of eleven images, with top left image removed, five of director William Asher on set, three with Henry Silva, with the remaining six of a bearded and heavily made-up Silva on the set.

Based on the 1959 Gold Medal paperback crime novel "The Kingdom of Johnny Cool," by John McPartland about an exiled American mobster who sends an Italian outlaw to the US to assassinate his enemies.

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

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.

Contact Sheet, 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Selby Master List US. Silver and Ward US. Spicer US.


[Book #151288]

Price: $1,875.00