SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON (Unique Manuscript Archive for the 1943 original Universal film adaptation based on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous characters of Holmes and Watson)

Doyle, A. Conan (Bertram Millhauser & Lynn Riggs, screenwriters).

Published by Universal Studios, Burbank, California, 1943
/ Condition: Very Good / Soft cover
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Publisher: Universal Studios, Burbank, California

Publication Date: 1943

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: Original Manuscript.

Book Type: Script


This unique studio archive consists of FOUR original studio scripts: an original writer's preliminary ribbon typescript, a heavily corrected official first draft, a revised shooting script, and the final post-production dialogue continuity script, all stamped with the film's production number (7074). In short, the entire creative writing arc of this film from soup to nuts, and a treasure trove of primary material relating to the third of Universal's most endearing and enduring film series of the 1940s starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. 1. Dated April 8th, 1942, Bertram Millhauser's brad-bound complete 116pp original first draft ribbon-copy typescript (on watermarked paper) with the temporary title: "Sherlock Holmes #3" noted on the typically bland WW2 Universal Studio covers. In Very Good condition. There are a few penciled pagination changes toward the end of the screenplay. 2. Dated July 1st, 1942, Millhauser and Riggs' "Revised Final" is a complete 115pp manuscript draft which consists of a heavily corrected mix of original watermarked ribbon typescript and studio-mimeographed pink pages, detailed red-penciled marginal corrections, additions, and emendations abound. Brad-bound in studio drab covers, typically worn but contents Very Good indeed. 3. Dated July 8th, 1942, an 112pp shooting script with studio-mimeographed blue-and white pages. Studio cover brittle but contents are clean and in Very Good condition. 4. Dated September 11th, 1942, complete in studio-mimeographed self-wrappers, the final dialogue continuity script, bound with two brads at the top, in Very Good condition. SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON opened on April 30th, 1943 to excellent critical reviews, especially for director Roy William Neill who used a few well-enacted Hitchcock elements to the twisty plot. There was also overwhelming praise from a thrilled public despite the fact Basil Rathbone switched his iconic pipe for cigarettes! A comprehensive one-of-a-kind archive unlikely to exist elsewhere in private hands. Please check out the other Sherlock Holmes original screenplays we have in stock. Bookseller Inventory # 001794

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