Berserk [Circus of Blood]

Shepperton: Herman Cohen Productions, Circa 1966. Draft script for the 1967 film, here under the UK title "Circus of Blood," copy belonging to actress Marianne Stone, with her name, written in holograph marker in her hand, on top of front wrapper. Annotations in holograph marker on several pages, underlining and circling Stone's character, Wanda, with those pages frequently dog-eared.

Marianne Stone was a prolific English character actress, perhaps best known for her contribution to nine of the 31 "Carry On" films, she also had small but memorable parts in "The 39 Steps" (1959), "Lolita" (1962), and the first two "Quatermass" films (1955 and 1957).

Joan Crawford's penultimate film, a camp favorite featuring Crawford chewing the scenery as Monica Rivers, owner and ringmaster of the Great Rivers Circus. When a spate of grisly (and flamboyant) murders happens at the circus, Rivers milks the publicity, much to the consternation of her performers, who want to know who the killer is.

Tall blue untitled wrappers with die-cut window in the British style. Title page present, with credits for screenwriters Aben Kandel and Herman Cohen. 99 leaves, with last page of text numbered 98. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus with some toning to outer edges and light foxing on top corner of title page, wrapper Very Good plus with dampstains and foxing to top, bound internally with three flat metal brads.


[Book #152691]