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If He Hollers, Let Him Go! [Night Hunt] (Archive of screenplay material for the 1968 film, belonging to the casting director)
Los Angeles, CA: Various Publishers, 1968. Archive of casting call sheets, handwritten notes, and correspondence belonging to uncredited casting director Marvin Paige, and related to the production of the 1968 film, "If He Hollers, Let Him Go!" here under its working title, "Night Hunt." Overall an in-depth glimpse into the role of casting in cinema, and new insight to an early "blaxploitation" film, one that draws plot elements from film noir, including "Strangers on a Train"(1951) and "High Sierra" (1941). James Lake (Raymond St. Jacques), a black man convicted of a murder he did not commit, escapes from prison and falls into a web of intrigue that involves his brother, his former lover, and a strange man who wants Lake to murder his wife. Set in the American South. Even though it has the same title, and the two share similar racial themes, the film has virtually nothing to do with Chester Himes' 1945 novel. Included in the archive: An original screenplay, written by Charles Martin, who directed the film. The screenplay bears the working title, "Night Hunt" and contains several bound-in sheets, many with holograph notations, indicating possible choices for starring roles and shooting schedules, and a photocopied letter (dated January 9, 1968) from John Rougeot, manager of Colorvision Studios (short-lived), expressing his thoughts on production budgeting. Among those considered to star in the film were Van Johnson, Barry Sullivan, Brad Dillman, Peter Lawford, Jennifer Jones, Jane Wyman, Maureen O'Hara, Anne Baxter, Rita Hayworth, Sue Lyon, and Joy Harmon. Shooting and budget schedules, including a budget schedule with names and contact information for starring performers, their work dates and salaries, and their agents. A brief film synopsis and press information on stationery from the Patricia Fitzgerald Company, a public relations company, accompanied by two vintage black-and-white single weight reference still photographs from the film. A mailing envelope from Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkoqitz and Selvin (attorneys at law), addressed to Marvin Paige, and dated October 1968. The envelope also bears a label with the film's title, obscuring another film title, "Take the Money and Run," a 1969 Woody Allen film for which Paige also directed casting. Also of note is an ad for the 1968 Jerry Paris film, "How Sweet It Is!", as part of the postmark. Script: Orange titled wrappers, noted as copy No. 14 in holograph ink, with a credit for screenwriter Martin. Title page not present. 146 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 103. Mimeograph with several holograph leaves bound in, and undated blue and pink revision pages throughout. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads. Shooting/budget schedules: 2 leaves corner-stitched, folded horizontally at the middle, 8.5 x 14 inches (shooting); 3 loose leaves folded vertically at the middle, 10 x 14 inches (budget). Photographically reproduced with holograph notations throughout. Near Fine. Press information/film synopsis: 8 leaves corner-stitched, mimeograph, 8.5 x 11 inches, with two vintage 8 x 10 still photographs. Near Fine. Mailing envelope: 10 x 13 inches, manila, holograph notations on the front with FIRST CLASS rubber stamps overall. Very Good plus, Complete collation details available upon request. Parish and Hill 120.
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