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Howard, William K. (director); Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Frank Butler (screenwriter); Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray (starring); George Raft (initial cast member)
The Princess Comes Across (Original screenplay for the 1936 film)
Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1936. Draft script for the 1936 film. A very interesting early draft of the script, with a cast page that includes George Raft, who was replaced by Fred MacMurray late in pre-production. Raft left the production when Ted Tetzlaff was announced as the director, as Tetzlaff had caused Lombard to outshine Raft in the duo's previous film, "Rumba." MacMurray's placement against Lombard was fortuitous, as the pair (who had made "Hands Across the Table" the previous year) went on to make "Swing High, Swing Low" and "True Confessions" after this film. One of the most cynical and underrated screwball comedies, with Lombard and MacMurray at the peak of their speed-talking greatness. Tightly wound into the story of Lombard posing as the (fake) Swedish Princess Olga and MacMurray's no-nonsense, accordion-playing bandleader with a shady past is a rather dense murder mystery that plays out in tandem with the screwball structure. Recently rebound in tan cloth, with the original blue front wrapper adhered to the front board. Front wrapper shows a date of February 4th, 1936. Title page present, dated February 4, 1936. 141 leaves, mimeograph, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 2-7-36 and 2-14-36. Pages about Fine, boards about Fine. Harvey US.
Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc. [U.S.A.]
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