Seven [7] Men from Now

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1955. Draft script for the 1956 revisionist Western.

Near the end of Randolph Scott's career, producer Harry Brown, Scott, and director Budd Boetticher began work on a series of intelligent films that would combine Scott's minimalist acting style with Boetticher's lean approach to filmmaking. The result was a series of films today referred to as the "Ranown" cycle, a rich canon that formed a strong stylistic whole. Boetticher's approach to storytelling was traditional in the sense that it involved traditional Western characters, but revisionist in that his protagonist invariably worked alone, and sought his own brand of morality rather than one established by tradition, government, and family. Apart from ardent fans of Westerns, these films went unrecognized by most until Martin Scorsese made a case for them in his 1995 BFI documentary, "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies."

Gray titled wrappers, dated September 15, 1955, with credits for screenwriter Burt Kennedy. Title page present, dated September 15, 1955, with credits for screenwriter Burt Kennedy. 100 leaves, with last page of text numbered 99. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 9/19/55 and 9/20/55. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, with tidemarks on the bottom edges of the title page and front wrapper, bound internally with three gold brads. Housed in a custom brown quarter-leather clamshell box.

Pitts 3788. Schrader 52. Scorsese, A Personal Journey Through American Movies.

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