The Toy

Richard Donner (director)
Richard Pryor (starring)
Carol Sobieski (screenwriter)
Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty (starring)

Burbank, CA: Rastar, 1982. Revised Draft script for the 1982 film. Copy belonging to costume designer Moss Mabry name, with their name in manuscript ink on the front wrapper along with a notation of copy No. 209 on the front wrapper. Annotated throughout on the script's pink (dated 3/16/82) and yellow (dated 3/22/82) revision leaves.

Originally made as the 1976 French film, "Le Jouet," directed by Francis Veber, and starring Pierre Richard and Michel Bouquet. Richard Pryor stars as an unemployed reporter who finds himself purchased as a toy for the son of a wealthy businessman played by Jackie Gleason.

A box office hit in 1982, largely viewed as indubitably racist today, Richard Donner's remake, which replaces the white lead with an poor African American man, bought for a wealthy Southern racist's son, is widely viewed as Pryor's nadir in Hollywood, and sadly doubles for Pryor's inept and insulting treatment by Hollywood in general. Once described by Spike Lee, when discussing Pryor's acting career, as "the worst ... where he was bought by a rich white man as a toy for his child."

Set in and shot on location in Louisiana.

Beige titled wrappers. Title page present, dated March 16, 1982, noted as REVISED DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Carol Sobieski. 130 leaves, with last page of text numbered 122. Xerographic duplication, rectos only, with yellow revision pages throughout, dated 3/22/82. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, with dampstaining near spine and some splashing, bound with two gold brads.


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