Doyle, A. Conan (Eric Taylor, screenwriter). THE SPIDER WOMAN [here bearing the initial discarded title "Sherlock Holmes in Peril"]. Based on plot points derived from the novel "The Sign Of Four" but also the short stories: "The Final Problem," "The Adventure of the Empty House," "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by A. Conan Doyle. Los Angeles: Universal Studios, 1943. Dated March 6th, 1943, this is the earliest known first draft of the script of THE SPIDER WOMAN, the screenwriter's unique carbon copy (not studio-mimeographed), typed on onion skin paper, complete in 130pp. It is brad-bound and housed in original drab brown studio covers and bears production number 7122. The original front cover is brittle as usual and starting to split but the pages themselves are supple and very good. There are no annotations or ownership marks other than the studio stamp. In February 1943, Eric Taylor was given a Universal contract to write this script, he was later re-written by prolific Universal Sherlock screenwriter Bernard Millhauser and consequently Taylor was not credited on the final film, a mystery in itself. Taylor's career included over fifty film credits among which can be found "The Spider Woman Strikes Back," "Phantom of the Opera," and "The Ghost of Frankenstein." Given Eric Taylor was replaced shortly after this draft, our conjecture is that this may be the only extant version of the film script in its earliest form, all studio-mimeographed copies being the later Millhauser re-write (a final draft of which was delivered to the Breen office on May 8th, 1943). What little is known about this early draft can be found in "Hardboiled In Hollywood" by David E. Wilt (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991) [WITH:] a studio-mimeographed copy of the final continuity and dialogue script for "SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPIDER WOMAN" complete and dated July 29th, 1943 in Very Good, fresh condition. THE SPIDER WOMAN starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce with Gayle Sondergaard in the menacing if delightful guest starring role, directed by Roy William Neill. Simply known as THE SPIDER WOMAN, dropping the mention of Sherlock Holmes in the title, the film was released on January 21st, 1944 to excellent reviews and even better box office. Please see our other original Universal Sherlock Holmes scripts we have in stock. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE SPIDER WOMAN (Original First Draft ...
Publisher: Universal Studios
Publication Date: 1943
Binding: Original Wraps
Book Condition: Very Good
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