A King in New York

London: Attica Film Company, 1957. Archive of material from the 1957 British film, including a Draft production script, a post-production Release script, and a reference photograph inscribed by director Charlie Chaplin to production manager Mickey Delamar: "To Mickey / Thanks for a wonderful job / Charlie Chaplin / July 30th."

Also included are a presumably complete set of nine soundtrack LPs made for use with film projection, all in their original mailing box, and sealed with the label of the Master Sound System Company in the UK.

Lastly, included are approximately 100 vintage photographs, all with the stamp of Eric Gray, the film's still photographer, on the verso. Photographs all have a significant horizontal curl, but are all separate and otherwise supple and clean. This segment of the archive is offered as is.

Chaplin's final starring role, about a dethroned and penniless king from a fictional European nation living in New York, where he inadvertently becomes the target of a HUAC investigation after meeting a politically minded youngster (played by Chaplin's son, Michael) whose parents have been jailed as communist sympathizers. A pointed satire of McCarthyism, American consumerism, and celebrity culture, the film was produced in Europe due to Chaplin's own exile from the United States as a result of his leftist political beliefs, and did not receive an US release until 1973.

Mickey Delamar worked as a producer, production manager, and assistant director on over 30 films, and was active in the film industry for four decades. His credits include Julien Duvivier's "Anna Karenina" (1948), Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), and Terence Young's "Mayerling" (1968).

Set in New York, shot on location in London.

Draft script:

Tall red untitled wrappers. Title page present, undated, with credits for screenwriter Charles Chaplin. 163 leaves, with last page of text numbered 163. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with a silver prong.

Post-Production Release script:

Tall self wrappers. Title page present, dated 7th March 1957, noted as RELEASE SCRIPT. Approximately 135 leaves. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, bound with two silver brads.

Presentation photograph:

7.5 x 9.5 inches. Very Good plus overall.

Soundtrack LP set:

LPs well used and scratched, but not cracked, untested. Outer mailing box Very Good.

Reference photograph set:

All photographs extensively curled, and though not examined carefully, apparently not stuck together in any way. Very Good.

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