Los Angeles: Vanguard Films, 1946. Early temporary script for David O. Selznick’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 novel, dated July 9, 1946. The script and property rights were eventually sold to MGM and used for the 1949 film. Annotations in holograph pencil by an unknown crew member on three pages, regarding set decoration.
Selznick began development for "Little Women" in late 1946. A studio strike and exhaustion after making the 1946 western Duel in the Sun led Selznick to sell the property and the script, which by that time had been integrated with an earlier script used for George Cukor’s 1933 adaptation. The 1949 version would retain Selznick's director Mervyn LeRoy, along with actress Elizabeth Patterson as Hannah.
Set in Concord, Massachusetts.
Gray titled wrappers, noted as TEMPORARY SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 40, dated July 9, 1946, with credits for screenwriter Andrew Solt. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. 179 leaves, with last page of text numbered 178. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.
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