Where There's Life

Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1946. Rainbow Revision Draft script for the 1947 film. Presentation copy belonging to William Bendix, with his name in gilt on front board, and title in gilt on spine. Holograph pencil annotations on three pages.

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.

A timid New York radio announcer learns that he is the heir apparent to a small European kingdom, making him the subject of a madcap manhunt by a gang of revolutionaries seeking to end the kingdom's monarchy. A star vehicle for Bob Hope, and a highlight for actress Signe Hasso, doing her best impression of Greta Garbo’s "Ninotchka," as the attractive female General Grimovitch.

Shot on location in Santa Monica, 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. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, dated March 19, 1946, with credits for screenwriters Allen Boretz and Mel Shavelson. 182 leaves, with last page of text numbered 134. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue, pink, yellow, green, and goldenrod revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3-22-46 and 5-4-46. Pages Near Fine, leather binding Near Fine.


[Book #152902]

Price: $650.00