MASH [M*A*S*H]

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969. Final Script for the 1970 film, "M*A*S*H" ["MASH"], directed by Robert Altman, based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker.

Based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker. It's difficult to believe the Robert Altman was not the first choice to direct the film, as it became the film that, as much as any of his best work, has come to epitomize a patented style of “controlled chaos” as a means of narrative storytelling. In this case, the "chaos" is a medical camp situated in the middle of the Korean conflict, and rarely has an American film walked the line between comedy and drama with such grace. A film that kick-started a great decade of cinema, and one that still defines it.

Winner of a Palme d'Or (1970), and an Academy Award.

Blue titled wrappers, noted as FINAL SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 209, dated February 26, 1969. Title page present, dated February 26, 1969, noted as FINAL, with credits for novelist Hooker and screenwriter Lardner. 142 leaves, mechanical duplication on eye-rest green stock. Pages Near Fine, wrapper with a faint stain at the center, overall Very Good plus. Bound internally with three gold brads.

National Film Registry.


[Book #156065]