Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1945. Shooting Final Draft script for the 1946 film, containing an earlier alternate ending, and a revised "New Ending," bound in following the primary narrative. The additional material consists of a pink "New Ending" announcement page dated February 12, 1946, ten blue revision pages that include one carbon typescript page on onionskin stock. Notations in holograph pencil throughout the set of revision pages.
Based on the 1945 story, serialized in "Good Housekeeping" magazine, by Leo Rosten, and written by screenwriter Jay Dratler. Private investigator Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) is being followed by a man in a white suit, who, when confronted, tells Brad that he was hired by his old business partner from San Francisco, who now works for wealthy art aficionado Hardy Cathcart (Clifton Webb) in New York. Believing he is targeted for murder, he avoids being killed but becomes implicated in an actual murder. Through it all, his plucky and attractive secretary, Kathleen Stewart (Lucille Ball), stays steadfastly by his side.
Set in and shot on location in New York City.
Beige titled wrappers, noted as SHOOTING FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 72, dated Oct. 31, 1945. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, dated October 31, 1945, noted as Shooting Final, with credits for screenwriter Jay Dratler. 151 leaves, with last page of text numbered 10. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 11/29/45 and February 12, 1946. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with some edgewear and small closed tears, bound internally with two gold brads.
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