N.p. N.p., 1945. Revised Final Draft script for the 1947 film, in maroon leather presentation binding belonging to William Bendix, with his name in gilt on front board, and title in gilt on spine.
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.
Based on the 1944 short story by Nelia Gardener White, published in the June 1944 issue of Good Housekeeping. Remade in 1958, under the title "The Gift of Love," directed by Jean Negulesco, and starring Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack. Actress Julie Beck (Maureen O'Hara), upon learning of a potentially fatal heart condition, adopts a young orphan, Hitty, in the hopes of comforting her husband, Bill (John Payne), when she dies.
Shot on location in Laguna Beach, California.
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 August 24, 1945, noted as Revised Final, with credits for screenwriters Samuel Hoffenstein and Betty Reinhardt. 130 leaves, with last page of text numbered 129. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, leather binding Near Fine.