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THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG (Original 1934 Screenplay, Heavily Annotated)
Burbank: Warner Brothers, 1934. THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG. [Erle Stanley Gardner] [Ben Markson] ORIGINAL HEAVILY ANNOTATED SCREENPLAY for the 1934 film adaptation of Erle Stanley Gardner's famous early Perry Mason novel of the same name. Burbank, California: Warner Brothers, May 26th, 1934. 132-page mimeographed TYPESCRIPT OF THE FINAL DRAFT in original brad-bound studio wrappers. Blue revision pages dated June 6, 1934 are scattered throughout. There are a further 7pp of notepaper, heavily penciled, also bound in. The covers are lightly worn, the pages well-thumbed; in terms of appearance: a Very Good example. Of the many original film scripts we have handled, this is the most copiously annotated. Every single page has some sort of marking either in ordinary pencil or red pencil. It is clearly the "master" copy as every single shot is notated and numbered, there is much penciled revision of the dialogue, the smaller speaking roles name the actors who are playing that part; props & wardrobe & staging are all meticulously detailed. In particular, given there are dozens of sketches showing how each individual scene will be blocked out and camera-angled. It seems likely that this script belonged to director Alan Crosland (famous for having directed the first talkie THE JAZZ SINGER). The film starred Warren William and Mary Astor and was the very first film adaptation of an Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason novel (five other Perry Mason films were produced in the 1930s). In the case, Perry Mason (played with 1930s style and sophistication by Warren William -- unlike the later TV version played by Raymond Burr as more hard-nosed) gets caught between two feuding neighbors who each claim to be married to the same woman. There is a murder, Mary Astor is the accused killer, Perry Mason defends her successfully at her trial, the key component of the defense hinges on the howling of a dog. Sold with an original movie still featuring Warren William and Mary Astor. Unique.. Signed.
      [Bookseller: Lakin & Marley Rare Books]
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