The Troubleshooters

Robert Altman (director)
Keenan Wynn, Bob Mathias, Robert Fortier (starring)
Robert Presnell Sr., Allen Rivkin, Jack Natteford, William Kendall Clarke, Paul Gangelin, Ward Wood (screenwriters)

Los Angeles: Meridian Productions, 1959. Collection of four draft screenplays for the 1959-1960 television series. Copies belonging to an unknown cast or crew member, with their name in manuscript ink on the front wrapper of two scripts. All four episodes directed by Robert Altman, then only just beginning his directorial career.

Collection includes one Final Draft script for episode two, one Final Draft script for episode four, one Revised Final Draft script for episode 17, and one Final Draft script for episode 22. Laid in with the screenplay for episode two is a master shooting schedule, laying out filming locations from May 21 to May 25, 1959.

"The Troubleshooters" followed a construction team as they traveled the world for different jobs, headed by two engineers—one older, gruff, and grizzled, the other young, well-educated, and soft-spoken. The series was canceled after a single season, with 26 episodes produced in total.

Episode two script ("Disaster," here under the working title "The Law and the Profits"):

Orange titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, noted as production No. 107, dated May 5, 1959, with credits for director Robert Altman, producer Allen Rivkin, and screenwriters William Kendall Clarke and Paul Gangelin. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 23 leaves, with last page of text numbered 20. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated May 5. Pages Fine, wrapper About Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Episode four script ("The Lower Depths"):

Red titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, noted as production No. 121, dated May 18, 1959, with credits for director Robert Altman, producer Allen Rivkin, and screenwriter Ward Wood. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 38 leaves, with last page of text numbered 36. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated 5/22. Pages Fine, wrapper about Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Episode 17 script ("Harry Maru"):

Orange titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, noted as production No. 112, dated May 26, 1959, with credits for director Robert Altman, producer Allen Rivkin, and screenwriter Jack Natteford. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 29 leaves, with last page of text numbered 28. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated 6/4. Pages Fine, wrapper about Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Episode 22 script ("The Town That Wouldn't Die"):

Orange titled wrappers, noted as REVISED FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, noted as production No. 112, dated May 26, 1959, with credits for director Robert Altman, producer and screenwriter Allen Rivkin, and screenwriter Robert Presnell Sr. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 38 leaves, with last page of text numbered 37. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.


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