THE PEARL OF DEATH (Unique Screenplay Archive for the 1944 Universal Studios SHERLOCK HOLMES film adaptation based on Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.")

Doyle, A. Conan (Bertram Millhauser, screenwriter).

Published by Universal Studios, Los Angeles, 1944
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A. Conan Doyle (Bertram Millhauser, screenwriter). THE PEARL OF DEATH. Los Angeles: Universal Studios, 1944. This unique film studio screenplay archive consists of THREE original manuscripts: a preliminary revised draft, the final revised shooting script, and the final dialogue and continuity script. In short, a treasure trove of primary material relating to one of the most endearing and enduring film series of the 1940s. 1. Complete original studio-mimeographed brad-bound early draft script consisting of 108pp on studio-issued pink sheets, dated March 21st, 1944 and bearing production number 7189. Penciled signature on the cover of Marion Pecht, a secretary at Universal who appears to have been in charge of file copies. There are no other annotations. In Near Fine condition. 2. Complete original studio-mimeographed brad-bound shooting script consisting of 112pp on studio-issued white and blue revision pages, dated March 28th, 1944 with production number 7189 stamped on the cover. Also with Marion Pecht's ownership signature on the cover. No other annotations. The card covers are brittle and chipped as usual, but contents are fine. 3. Dated July 19th, 1944, the complete original studio-mimeographed self-wrapper final post-production dialogue continuity script, bound with two brads at the top. In Very Good condition. THE PEARL OF DEATH was loosely adapted from Doyle's "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" (originally published in THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES in 1904) and featured the signature device of "The Borgia Pearl" hidden within one of six identical plaster busts of Napoleon but also, in Universal Studios fashion, it added a killer known as the "Creeper" who is probably the best-drawn villain in the series after Professor Moriarty. The film opened in New York on August 25th, 1944 to both popular and critical acclaim. Screenwriter Millhauser also wrote four other Universal Sherlock screenplays: THE WOMAN IN GREEN, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON, SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH and THE SPIDER WOMAN, clearly the favored writer in the series. The twelve Sherlock Holmes films produced by Universal Pictures during the years 1942-1946 are legend; they are surely the best known screen-adapted adventures of English Literature's most iconic character and Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are still cherished, despite our current superb 21st century film and TV adaptations, as the definitive Holmes and Watson. Please check out the other Sherlock Holmes original screenplays we have in stock. Bookseller Inventory # 001841

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Title: THE PEARL OF DEATH (Unique Screenplay ...

Publisher: Universal Studios, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 1944

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: Original Manuscript.

Book Type: Script

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