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THE PARADINE CASE - Hichens, Robert (source work)]: Hitchcock - 1946. [1197417]
[Culver City]: Vanguard Films, Inc., 1946. Two volumes. [1],195;[1],205 leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescripts, printed on rectos only. Bradbound in stencil printed wrappers. Wrappers slightly nicked and soiled, one upper wrapper detached at upper brad, but very good. A studio rerun of a the 16 April "First Rough Draft (With Dialogue from Novel)" of this adaptation to the screen of Hichens' 1933 novel, accompanied by a first run of the "Third Draft Script." The first draft is credited exclusively to Alfred Hitchcock and his collaborator wife, Alma Reville; the third draft is identified as by James Bridie, based on an adaptation by Alama Reville. According to one source, Selznick had acquired the film rights to the novel prior to its publication, but submission of a preliminary script in 1934 to the Breen Office resulted in assurances that it would not pass muster according to the PCA. So the project was shelved until Selznick returned to it in 1946. It is clear that at that time, scripts from the 1934 effort, as well as from an adaptation attempted at MGM were consulted. In December, the "Final Shooting Script" was reached, after interim contributions by Ben Hecht. The final shooting script is credited solely to David O. Selznick, but acknowledges dependence on the adaptation by Alma Reville. Final screen credit for the screenplay fell to Selznick, and neither Hecht's nor Birdie's contributions were credited. Hitchcock directed, and Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Ethel Barrymore In a role that earned an Oscar nomination) and Louis Jourdan starred, among others, and a 29 December 1947 premiere brought to a conclusion the long and tangled series of attempts to bring Hichens' novel to the screen.
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