MOVIE SCRIPTS & RARE BOOKS

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GODFATHER: PART II, THE (1974)
GODFATHER: PART II, THE (1974) $0.00

Vintage original press kit, USA. Printed folder, with twenty-five (25) 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) photos, with affixed printed captions, and with 141 pp. of promotional text. Al Pacino, Talia Shire, Robert De Niro, dir: Francis Ford Coppola; Paramount. This press kit is an unusually scarce one; most of them were long ago broken up and sold for their individual photos.

There is some wear to the printed folder, overall NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD folder.

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (1935)
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (1935) $300.00

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 29 cm.) pressbook; folio, pictorial wrappers, 24 pp., USA. Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert, Glenda Farrell, dir: Busby Berkeley; Warner Brothers. Post-Production Code musical extravaganza was small on plot, this time with a mother attempting to marry her daughter off to a millionaire while staying at a posh hotel -- but the film was huge in production numbers. These were some of Busby Berkeley's most sophisticated, intricate and best. Amongst them were "The Words Are In My Heart," and the iconic "Lullaby of Broadway." By 1935, Warner Brothers...

GREED (1924)
GREED (1924) $2,500.00

Vintage original 13 x 6" (33 x 15 cm.) flyer / herald, USA. Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hesholt, dir: Erich Von Stroheim; MGM. This large flyer was used as part of the promotional campaign for Stroheim's masterpiece of silent cinema, Greed, with its wanted poster design offering $1,000.00 for the arrest of John McTeague for murder.

Very little original paper has survived from this landmark film. As to posters, all that has ever surfaced is a disappointing window card (which does not show any of the characters) and this remarkable wanted poster. I have never handled another, and am certain...

HIGH SOCIETY (1955) Temporary complete script / Philip Barry-adaptation
HIGH SOCIETY (1955) Temporary complete script / Philip Barry-adaptation $2,200.00

Los Angeles: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1955. Temporary Complete script for the 1956 film, a musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story" (1940). Blue studio wrappers, rubber-stamped as TEMPORARY COMPLETE and VAULT COPY on the front wrapper, copy No. 94 and production No. 5637, dated 11-14-55, with credits for screenwriter Patrick, Receipt attached. 103 leaves, mimeograph.

Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong starred in this classic musical, adapted from Philip Barry's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, and with the notable addition of an entire music score, with new songs, all by Cole Porter.

Nominated for two Academy Awards. C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz...

INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) Draft script by John Tucker Battle, Los Angeles, 1950
INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) Draft script by John Tucker Battle, Los Angeles, 1950 $2,000.00

Los Angeles, 1950. Draft script for the 1953 science-fiction classic, directed by William Cameron Menzies. White studio printed wrappers. Distribution page present, with receipt intact, with credit for screenwriter John Tucker Battle, rubber stamped copy No. 21. This script never had a title page. 101 leaves, mimeograph, with white revision pages throughout, dated 9-5-50.

Rare script for a true science-fiction classic, based on a story treatment by Battle (eventually, screenwriter Richard Blake was called in to do some script revisions before the movie was shot). Battle was inspired by a dream recounted by his wife. This film is notable for its...

JEAN SEBERG / SAINT JOAN [SAINTE JEANNE] (1957) + BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958)
JEAN SEBERG / SAINT JOAN [SAINTE JEANNE] (1957) + BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958) $250.00

Two (2) vintage original French pressbooks for Jean Seberg's first two films:

  • SAINT JOAN [SAINTE JEANNE] (1957) 4to, 12 x 9" (31 x 24 cm.), printed wrappers, 6 pp. , light wear at edges, NEAR FINE. Jean Seberg, Richard Widmark, dir: Otto Preminger; United Artists.
  • BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958) 4to, 12 x 9 " (31 x 23 cm.), printed wrappers, 8 pp., NEAR FINE. Jean Seberg, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, dir: Otto Preminger; Columbia.


When Saint Joan was first released, Preminger was widely criticized for choosing the adolescent and totally unknown Seberg in the demanding lead role. Obviously, he believed that her naivete and...

JEAN-LUC GODARD / Collection of 4 French pressbooks
JEAN-LUC GODARD / Collection of 4 French pressbooks $200.00

All in pictorial wrappers, 12 x 9" (31 x 23 cm.) or smaller, generally VERY GOOD+ or better:

  • LES CARABINIERS [THE SOLDIERS] (1963) 4 pp.
  • BANDE A PART [BAND OF OUTSIDERS] (1964) 4 pp.
  • UNE FEMME MARIÉE [A MARRIED WOMAN] (1964) 4 pp.
  • TOUT VA BIEN (1972) Co-directed with Jean-Pierre Gorin, with Jane Fonda and Yves Montand. 6 pp.

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1981) Revised final script January 9, 1961 by Abby Mann
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1981) Revised final script January 9, 1961 by Abby Mann $1,250.00

Vinyl silkscreened binding, brad-bound, mimeographed, 180 pp., of which almost half are revisions on different colors of paper, dated up through 2/6/61. Stanley Kramer's famous film about the Nuremberg Trials and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

A name is written in ink at top of title page, and a number is stamped at top right, script is overall FINE.

KING OF COMEDY, THE (1983) Final draft script by Paul D. Zimmerman, ca. 1981
KING OF COMEDY, THE (1983) Final draft script by Paul D. Zimmerman, ca. 1981 $1,250.00

Les Lazarowitz (sound mixer) (Original vintage screenplay for the 1983 film) Los Angeles, CA: Twentieth Century-Fox, ca. 1981.

Final Draft script for the 1983 film. Copy belonging to sound mixer Les Lazarowitz, with his holograph name to the title page. Noted as copy No. 78 in green holograph ink at the top right corner of same.

Perhaps Scorsese's most underrated film, The King of Comedy is a brilliant study of celebrity worship and American media culture by way of an exploratory journey into the mind of Rupert Pupkin, a man totally lacking in self-awareness, driven only by obsession. The titular character is...

LA DOLCE VITA (1960)
LA DOLCE VITA (1960) $2,500.00

Vintage original 10 x 12;" (26 x 31 cm.) program; illustrated, saddle-stitched card wrappers, Italy. Rome: Riama Film, 1960. A striking and rare first-run program for what can easily be described as Fellini's most pivotal film, if not his finest. Unlike the more sentimental and abstract films that would follow, La Dolce Vita is an unflinching seven-day journey through 1960s Rome, with Mastroianni, a jaded journalist at the center of the story, constantly surrounded by revelry, beautiful women and a beautiful city, but no semblance of happiness or love.

This deluxe program reflects Fellini's use of stark black-and-white throughout the film,...

LE MEPRIS [CONTEMPT] (1963)
LE MEPRIS [CONTEMPT] (1963) $375.00

Vintage original 9 x 12" (24 x 31 cm.) pressbook, France. Oblong 4to, stiff linen wrappers, 8 pp. (two of them brightly colored full-page color photographs from the film, both of them showing Bardot). Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, dir: Jean-Luc Godard; Cocinor.

One of the landmark films of the French New Wave, both a story of a disintegrating marriage and one of the most prominent early examples of post-modernist deconstruction of narrative on film. JUST ABOUT FINE.

LETTER, THE (1940)
LETTER, THE (1940) $750.00

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, dir: William Wyler; Warner Brothers. Folio, pictorial wrappers, 16 pp. Devastating adaptation from classic W. Somerset Maugham fiction, and often cited as one of the earliest specimens of film noir. A genuinely rare pressbook, the only one which I have ever encountered. Folded as issued, with light wear at spine and at edges, VERY GOOD+.

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