MOVIE SCRIPTS & RARE BOOKS

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SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965) Rev Final script by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mar 20, 1964
SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965) Rev Final script by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mar 20, 1964 $4,000.00

Vintage original script for one of the most revered musicals of the 20th century. A highly stylized and sentimental portrait of the true-life Von Trapp family, who resisted the Nazi regime during World War II. Winner of five Academy Awards, including for Best Picture.

Red studio wrappers, brad-bound, 160 leaves, studio mimeograph, with blue revision pages, dated 4-7-64. NEAR FINE.

SPIONE [SPIES] (1928)
SPIONE [SPIES] (1928) $350.00

Vintage original 11; x 9" (30 x 23 cm.) program, Germany. Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers, Willy Fritsch, dir: Fritz Lang; UFA. After completing Metropolis, Lang's next project was this paranoid film about a dangerous spy operation. This film has much in common with Lang's famous films about Dr. Mabuse.

4to, printed wrappers, 8 pp., pages coming loose, a couple of light tape stains on inside, folded once, one page with chip in blank margin, VERY GOOD-.

STREET SCENE (1931)
STREET SCENE (1931) $300.00

Vintage original 18 x 12" (45 x 30 cm.) pressbook, folio, 16 pp. including pull-out section, USA. Sylvia Sidney, Estelle Taylor, David Landau, Beulah Bondi, dir: King Vidor; Samuel Goldwyn. Brilliant early sound film based on the Elmer Rice play (Pulitzer Prize, 1929), featuring much of the Broadway cast and with a famous Alfred Newman jazz theme (used in numerous later films). The atmosphere of the film captures the tense and stifling feel of New York City tenement dwellers during the early Depression.

The story explores the daily lives and problems facing the working class of the big city and did...

SUNRISE (1927)
SUNRISE (1927) $2,500.00

Vintage original 15 x 11" (37 x 28 cm.) folded / 35 x 22" (87 x 55 cm.) unfolded special promotional poster, USA. George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, dir: F. W. Murnau; Fox. The full title of this classic is Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and that was most appropriate. It is the story of a young married farmer and his wife. When he falls under the spell of a city woman, he attempts to take the life of his wife -- but he cannot, and they spend a wonderful day in the city together, falling more in...

TABU [TURIA] (1931) Three variant scripts for 1931 film by F.W. Murnau & Robert J. Flaherty
TABU [TURIA] (1931) Three variant scripts for 1931 film by F.W. Murnau & Robert J. Flaherty $5,000.00

Three (3) vintage original variant scripts (outline, synopsis, and treatment) for the 1931 film. The original 15-page "story" (outline), offered with the original 31-page "synopsis" and the original 40-page "story" (treatment). All scripts are original vintage mimeographs. The outline and synopsis are both file copies done for the MGM Script Department, is stated on the front wrapper as having been run off January 19, 1934 and January 31, 1934 (at a time when MGM was considering doing a remake of the film as a talking film, which would have starred Johnny Weismuller and Lupe Velez -- a project which did...

TOMMY (1975) A Rock Opera by The Who / Screenplay by Ken Russell, 5th March, 1974
TOMMY (1975) A Rock Opera by The Who / Screenplay by Ken Russell, 5th March, 1974 $3,000.00

Vintage original British script for the 1975 UK film, belonging to Alan Smith, a road crew member for The Who in the 1970s. Brief notations in holograph ink on a few pages. A letter of provenance from Smith is included.

Based on the 1969 rock opera written by The Who about a deaf, dumb and blind kid who "sure plays a mean pinball" and subsequently becomes the idol of a religious cult. Tommy (Daltrey) retreats into himself after the death of his father. His mother and stepfather (Ann-Margret and Reed) take him to a specialist (Jack Nicholson), but Tommy is apparently...

VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE (1970) Screenplay by Tudor Gates 15th Dec, 1969
VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE (1970) Screenplay by Tudor Gates 15th Dec, 1969 $1,850.00

Final script for the 1970 Hammer horror film. Possibly the screenwriter's copy, with authorial holograph corrections to dialogue and screen direction throughout, along with tipped-in changes to same. Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith, Peter Cushing, dir: Roy Ward Baker.

Based on the 1872 story Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu about a female vampire named Marcilla Karnstein (Ingrid Pitt) who comes back from death, renamed Mircalla, and spreads havoc. She kills the daughter of General Von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing), who swears revenge on the beguiling, seductive bloodsucker.

Le Fanu's legendary story of a female vampire was a major influence on Bram Stoker's...

WORKING MAN, THE/HERALD WITH BETTE DAVIS (1933)
WORKING MAN, THE/HERALD WITH BETTE DAVIS (1933) $200.00

Vintage original 8 ½ x 11 ½” (21 x 29 cm.) duo-tone herald, 4 page, USA. Bette Davis, George Arliss, Theodore Newton, Hardi Albright, dir: John G. Adolfi; Warner Brothers. So impressed was reigning king of Warner Brothers, George Arliss by Bette Davis, that he invited her to play the major supporting role in THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD in 1932.  So well did they get a long that they made this film soon after, the story of a sly businessman on vacation who gains the confidence of his rival businesses family...

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