MOVIE SCRIPTS & RARE BOOKS

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GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) Screenplay by Charles Lederer
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) Screenplay by Charles Lederer $4,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original writer's working script for the 1953 film, USA.

A key working script from Howard Hawks' classic musical, adapted by Charles Lederer and based on both the 1949 Broadway musical and the original non-musical 1928 novel and screenplay by Anita Loos. A definitive take on a classic story, pulling together the best aspects of the two earlier versions, and famously pairing Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Russell was then at the peak of her career; Monroe was just at the point of transitioning to the highest level of stardom.

Pale blue studio wrappers, noted as copy no. 499 and rubber-stamped production...

GILDA (1946)
GILDA (1946) $1,650.00 SOLD

Vintage original 12 x 18" (31 x 46 cm.) campaign book, 32 pp. plus 16-page advertising section, USA. Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, dir: Charles Vidor; Columbia. One of the quintessential film noir titles, with star Rita Hayworth becoming film history's iconic femme fatale.

The cover and back of the book features one of the most famous publicity shots of all time, utilized fully and in part for scores of publicity campaigns for the film and the star. Hayworth is featured in what is likely her most famous costume -- a gown designed by Jean Louis. In the...

GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974) Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola SECOND DRAFT September 24, 1973
GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974) Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola SECOND DRAFT September 24, 1973 $1,500.00 SOLD

From the Richard Manney collection of film scripts, with his name on a 1990 bill of sale, which is laid in.

One of the great American films, and one of the cornerstone classics of the New American Cinema movement of the 1970s. Winner of six Oscars, including for Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

Brad-bound, pictorial wrappers, 200 pp., studio mimeograph, this script belonged to an uncredited member of the crew, and has various notations in holograph ink, including a few on front wrapper, NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD+ wrappers.

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

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 SOLD

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...

GONE ARE THE DAYS! (1963) ARCHIVE
GONE ARE THE DAYS! (1963) ARCHIVE $350.00 SOLD

Acrhive consisting of:

---Vintage original 41 x 27” (104 x 68 cm.) one sheet poster, USA, folded (as issued), slight fold wear, with some stains on back which basically do not show through, NEAR FINE

---8 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) photos, USA.  FINE.

---Pressbook, 17 x 11” (43 x 28 cm.), 4, 2 pp.  Folded (as issued), NEAR FINE.

Ossie Davis, Godfrey Cambridge, Ruby Dee, dir: Nicholas Webster.

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GREASE Screenplay by Bronte Woodard Screen Story by Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr Adapted from the Broadway musical…A ROBERT STIGWOOD/ALLAN CARR PRODUCTION FOURTH DRAFT June 9, 1977
GREASE Screenplay by Bronte Woodard Screen Story by Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr Adapted from the Broadway musical…A ROBERT STIGWOOD/ALLAN CARR PRODUCTION FOURTH DRAFT June 9, 1977 $850.00 SOLD

Red printed studio wrappers, brad bound, mimeograph, 110 pp.

Vintage original script for one of the classic musical films of the 1970’s, directed by Randall Kleiser, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  The film was filmed in various southern California locations.  It takes place in an unidentified area near a beach in the late 1950’s.  All of the iconic Los Angeles locations used cause the viewer to assume this is set in California, although that is never clearly stated in the...

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

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...

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER Screenplay by William Rose FINAL DRAFT February 15, 1967 [with revisions on blue and yellow paper dated up through March 13, 1967]
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER Screenplay by William Rose FINAL DRAFT February 15, 1967 [with revisions on blue and yellow paper dated up through March 13, 1967] $1,500.00 SOLD

Vintage original script, printed wrappers, brad-bound, studio mimeograph, 111 pp.

Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy were directed by Stanley Kramer in this film, which is in some ways very tame, but which was groundbreaking when made. There is a clear, and interesting, disconnect between the innate racism which the couple played by Tracy and Hepburn must overcome---and all the sights and sounds of this famously open-minded city.

Hollywood had never been interested in making a major...

GYPSY FINAL [SHOOTING SCRIPT] December 11, 1961 Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Screenplay by Leonard Spiegelgass
GYPSY FINAL [SHOOTING SCRIPT] December 11, 1961 Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Screenplay by Leonard Spiegelgass $1,250.00 SOLD

Vintage original script, yapped printed wrappers, brad bound, mimeograph, 130 pp.  Light creasing and wear to wrappers (with a bit of paper scraped off blank surface of front wrapper). just about fine in vg+ wrappers.

One of the classic American musical films, based on an equally famous Broadway musical, from the astonishing collaboration of Laurents, Styne, and Sondheim---the story of the evolution of legendary striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, with Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, and Karl Malden, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and with Warner Brothers the distributor.  

HARAKIRI [SEPPUKU] PROMOTIONAL BOOKLET (1962
HARAKIRI [SEPPUKU] PROMOTIONAL BOOKLET (1962 $500.00 SOLD

Vintage original promotional booklet, 11 x8 “ (28 x 20 cm.), printed wrappers, 8 pp., slight creasing at edges of covers, near fine.  Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Yoshio Inaba, dir: Masaki Kobayashi; Shochiku. 

Kobayashi’s masterpiece, which turns a withering eye at the samurai traditions.  This very scarce booklet is entirely in English and was done to promote the showing of this film in English-speaking countries.  It contains text and a montage of images from HARAKIRI.  

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

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...

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