What's So Bad About Feeling Good?

Universal City: Universal City Studios, 1967. Final Draft script for the 1968 film. Two date annotations in holograph ink, "3/28/67" and "4/20/67," on the front wrapper. Laid in are two Call Sheets for June 16 and 28, 1967.

Loosely based on the 1943 novel "I Am Thinking of My Darling," by Vincent McHugh. A toucan from South America, carrying a highly contagious virus which makes people happy and kind, arrives at a hippie commune in New York City and causes a pandemic of contentment and good will, which the authorities are intent on eradicating, mandating mask wearing and threatening a lock down of New York, believing it to be a commie plot to destroy the economy.

A box office disappointment at the time of its' release, this lighthearted comedy would be a fascinating artifact for Mary Tyler Moore and George Peppard playing hippies alone, but the parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic brought the film a renewed interest, and was even the subject of a September 2020 episode of the Ira Glass radio program "This American Life."

Shot on location in New York City.

Red titled wrappers, noted as FINAL SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, dated March 14, 1967. Title page present, noted as Final Screenplay, with credits for screenwriters George Seaton and Robert Pirosh. 136 leaves, with last page of text numbered 134. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue and pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3/23/67 and 4/13/67. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.

[Book #154542]