Title: Forever and a Day ( working title " This ...
Publisher: RKO Studios
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Forever and a Day was released by RKO on March 26, 1943. The working title of this film was "This Changing World." Based on an idea by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, the film was originally conceived to raise money for war refugees and as a tribute to the great courage of Britain. Later the profits were distributed to British and American charities. All the actors, writers, directors and everyone else connected with the film worked without pay. The film took 2 years to make and was distributed by RKO at cost. There were 7 directors/producers, 22 writers and around 78 mostly top ranking actors. It is the story of a London manor house built in 1804 and the families who lived in it up to the bombing of London. The film was a remarkable undertaking with a number of re-writes, and the 9 pieces offered here were all part of that process. All of these items belonged to Major C.S. Ramsey-Hill who was Technical Director on the film. 1. A treatment dated December 20, 1940 in blue studio wraps stamped 14. No writer credited. The first page is a standard RKO Radio Pictures page with receipt intact. A Preface follows which discusses the purpose of the story and refers to the "original script" and a sequence of events, including some from the "original script." 66 mimeographed sheets bound with 3 brads and many notes and corrections by Ramsey-Hill. He has also made notes on the front cover which is toned on the edges and has a tear on the left side ow VG. 2. A script in toned yellow studio wraps stamped 82 and ESTIMATING SCRIPT, with PART I, THIS CHANGING WORLD (LET THE RAFTERS RING) mimeographed, and dated January 28, 1941. 2 newspaper reviews of Forever and a Day are laid in and have darkened the RKO page (receipt removed) and half of the first page. No writer is credited. 109 sheets bound with 3 brads and notes by Ramsey-Hill. VG 3. PART I, REVISED VERSION, dated March 5, 1941, stamped 10. No writer credited. 162 mimeographed sheets bound in toned yellow studio wraps and bound with 3 brads. Notes by Ramsey-Hill. 4. Proposed PART III of the FINAL SCRIPT of 4/19/41. This is a script. No writer credited. 92 mimeographed sheets in toned yellow studio wraps bound with 3 brads. A few notes. 5. (PART II) Revised Version, dated May 3, 1941. This a script. No writer credited. About 17 mimeographed pages in toned blue studio wraps stamped 8 and bound with 3 brads. The name John Wilcox is hand written at the upper right corner. A note on the first page reads, "This sequence is to be revised and directed by Mr. Alfred Hitchcock and this is merely an indication of the story line." No notes. VG 6. Notes on Sets, dated May 5, 1941. By C.S. Ramsey-Hill is hand written on the cover. 9 mimeographed sheets in toned blue studio wraps bound with 3 brads, Some spotting ow VG. 7. PART I. With all blue pages to date. 38 mimeographed sheets in toned yellow studio wraps bound with 3 brads.Sheets are dated 5/8/41 and 5/16/41. One is dated 4/22/41. This is a script with no writer credited. VG 8. DETAILED SYNOPSIS by Emmet Lavery (1 of the 21 credited writers, he was nominated for an Oscar in 1955 for The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell). Dated June 8, 1942. Part VI is lightly hand written on cover. 13 sheets in blue studio wraps bound with 3 brads. Notes by Ramsey-Hill. VG 9. On the cover: FOR BUDGET PURPOSES ONLY. Treatment by Emmet Lavery. This material, which was worked out in conference with FRANK LLOYD and SIR CEDRIC HARDWICKE, presents the 1941 story for the opening and closing of the picture, as well as the over-all continuity to link together the sequences already shot. Dated June 13, 1942. 17 mimeographed sheets plus 4 sheets entitled Suggestions From Aircraftsman Colin Drew, Ex-London Policeman Throughout the Blitz. Bound in toned blue studio wraps with 2 brads (1 is missing). Some notes and corrections by Ramsey-Hill. VG. Bookseller Inventory # 000510
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