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ODETS, Clifford
LARGE ARCHIVE OF TELEVISION TYPESCRIPTS, one SIGNED, with extensive corrections and annotations
1962 - 1963. Exceptional and important collection of five television typescripts: "The Hollywood Story," "Goodbye Is for the Birds," "North Star," "Don't Blow Bugles (The Mafia Man)," and "Only the Young"; most represented in more than one copy and all written for "The Richard Boone Show" [Boone was best known for starring in "Have Gun Will Travel"]. Some scripts are clean; other copies have extensive additions and deletions by Odets in ink, with one script designated as a Work Copy and SIGNED by him. After completing much of the preliminary work for the series Odets died in August 1963. The latest script is dated 17 June 1963. The show was considered one of the best dramatic programs on the air (Robert Blake was in its repertory) but only survived for two seasons after the loss of its executive story editor. Odets gained fame in the 1930s for two plays: WAITING FOR LEFTY and AWAKE AND SING. Though he wrote other plays, including GOLDEN BOY and THE COUNTRY GIRL, he turned to Hollywood in the 1940s as both a writer and director (NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART, one of Cary Grant's best performances) and was investigated by Congress for Communist ties in the 1950s. He had numerous affairs with such actresses as Frances Farmer and Fay Wray. Odets was the inspiration for the title character in the Coen Brothers film BARTON FINK (1991). Extraordinary collection of early television scripts by one of its best early writers with the many corrections revealing much about the process of creating fine television drama. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]
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