Knockout

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1940. Final draft script for the 1941 film, copy belonging to director William Clemens, with the annotation of his name in holograph ink on the front wrapper. Profuse annotations in holograph pencil on the rectos of every page as well as many of the versos.

Bound in, preceding the script, is an annotated three-page carbon typescript letter, from film censor Joseph Breen, to Warner Brothers president Jack Warner, objecting to mention of a sexual affair in the script, and over a dozen point objections to specific language and actions. Attached to the verso of the front wrapper is a three-page autograph letter signed, from director Clemens to producer Edmund Grainger, dated January 21, 1941, objecting to the overuse of montages in an early cut of the film.

When up-and-coming boxer Johnny Rocket tries to quit for the sake of his new family, his unscrupulous promoter Trego makes certain he has to return to the ring, to the detriment of his family and career. Arthur Kennedy's performance as Johnny Rocket is considered one of the most realistic boxing performances on film.

Blue titled wrappers, rubber-stamped FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 16, dated Nov. 14, 1940. Title page present, with credits for screenwriter M. Coates Webster. 123 leaves, with last page of text numbered 116a. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue and beige revision pages throughout, dated variously between 11/20/40 and 12/18/40. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good.


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