A MEDAL FOR BENNY CENSORSHIP DIALOGUE SCRIPT [with:] A MEDAL FOR BENNY RELEASE DIALOGUE SCRIPT [caption titles]
Steinbeck, John, and Jack Wagner [source work]; and Frank Butler [screenwriter]
Price: 850.00 USD
[Los Angeles]: Paramount Pictures, 1944. Two volumes, each foliated in reel/page format as: ,10,9,7,10,11,10,10,8 leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only. Second item stapled at left margin, first formerly stapled. Some corner creases, "Master File Copy" and production number stamps on title leaf of first item, pencil annotations, name and ink file number on title leaf of second. Very good. Two late production states of the script for the 1945 film, based on a story idea by Jack Wagner, cowritten with John Steinbeck, and adapted as a screenplay by Frank Butler. The release dialogue script records a print totaling 51 more feet than the censorship script. Irving Pichel directed, and Dorothy Lamour, J. Carrol Naish and Arturo de Cordova led the cast. Obviously, little apart from Steinbeck's treatment for the film (the Valentine collection included a carbon typescript) may be easily identified as purely Steinbeck's work; however, nothing relating to the script saw lifetime publication so even continuity scripts such as these take on some significance for Steinbeck scholars.
- By This Publisher: Paramount Pictures