N.p. N.p., 1943. Shooting Final Draft script for the 1946 film, in maroon leather presentation binding belonging to William Bendix, with his name in gilt on front board, and title in gilt on spine. Bound in, preceding title page, is a note in holograph ink, not in Bendix's hand, on the verso of a 1945 desk calendar page, "Bendix Played 'Danny' / Blaine '' Bonnie." Laid in is a small typescript note "Tentative Schedule for Week beginning 11/22," listing Monday through Saturday with scenes scheduled for each day, Thursday listed as Holiday in red, and Saturday off.
William Bendix was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor who is best remembered as one of television's archetypal patriarchs, the blundering Chester A. Riley in "The Life of Riley," first on the 1944-1951 ABC and NBC radio serial, then in the 1949 film, directed by Irving Brecher, then finally in the 1953-1958 NBC television series. Bendix was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for his supporting role in the WWII drama "Wake Island," directed by John Farrow.
Carmen Miranda once again succeeds in being the bizarre representation of a "typical 1920s girl" here, who is befriended by Don Ameche, a young composer, in a New York speakeasy. Before too long Ameche becomes involved in—what else?—the production of a musical.
Set in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Maroon three quarter leather binding over brown leather boards with title in gilt on spine and William Bendix in gilt on lower right of front board with endpapers crediting BooKraft Hollywood. Title page present, dated October 19, 1943, noted as Shooting Final, with credits for screenwriters Earl Baldwin and Walter Bullock. 115 leaves, with last page of text numbered 119. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated 10/30/43. Pages Near Fine, leather binding Near Fine.
Byrge and Miller, The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography 1934-1942.