Mata Hari

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1931. Draft script for the 1931 film, with annotations in holograph pencil, primarily in later half of script, largely regarding dialogue, but also setting and shots.

A largely fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, exotic dancer and courtesan, who was executed by France for espionage during World War I. A sensation in the US and Europe, it was Greta Garbo's most commercially successful film. The pre-Code film was censored upon its reissue in 1936, which was the only version believed to exist until 2005, when an uncut French and Dutch subtitled version was screened at the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique in Brussels.

Set in 1917 Paris, shot on location in Agoura, California.

Tan titled wrappers, with credits for screenwriters Benjamin Glazer and Leo Birinski, and M-G-M label dated "Copied May 4, 1931." Title page present, with credits for screenwriters Benjamin Glazer and Leo Birinski. 172 leaves, with last page of text numbered 169. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with six white revision pages, dated June 5, 1931. Pages Very Good plus with foxing and edgewear, and stain to upper right of title page, Wrapper Very Good with light soiling, and chipping and closed tears to extremities and spine, and upper right section cut from rear wrapper, bound with two gold brads.

[Book #151422]