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Culver City: Selznick International Pictures December 1946. [Culver City]: Selznick International Pictures, December 1946.. [3],154 leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only. Bradbound in deep yellow stencil printed wrappers. Wrappers a trace dust smudged, small script number on upper wrapper, else near fine. Copy #26 of the "Final Shooting Script" of this adaptation to the screen of Hichens' 1933 novel. 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. Interim drafts of the script were written by Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville (First Rough Draft, April 1946) and James Birdie (Third draft, based on an adaptation by Reville) August 1946), until, finally, in December, this "Final Shooting Script" was reached, with interim uncredited contributions by Ben Hecht. This 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. One of a finite group of duplicates from the Selznick archive, now entering the market via the Serendipity dispersal.
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