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San Francisco: A Screenplay

Loos, Anita

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ISBN 10: 0809308762 / ISBN 13: 9780809308767
Published by Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL, 1979
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Signed by series editor Matthew J. Bruccoli, first edition thus, 1979, hardcover, octavo, 204pp., illustrated in b&w. Book fine, binding tight, text clean and unmarked. DJ VG with chipping to head of spine, rubbing. Matthew Joseph Bruccoli (1931-2008) was the foremost F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar and bibliographer of his time. Additionally, he wrote on, and edited critical editions of Hemingway, Hammett, Cozzens, Thomas Wolfe, John O'Hara, and Vladimir Nabokov. He studied bibliography under the tutelage of Fredson Bowers and worked with Jacob Blanck on the Bibliography of American Literature. He was responsible for the republication and rediscovery of dozens of forgotten American novels, and went on to be the editor and publisher of the 400+ volume Dictionary of Literary Biography, and was the chief editor of the University of Pittsburgh Press bibliography series. Bookseller Inventory # B23613

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Title: San Francisco: A Screenplay

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition thus.

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This story of the San Francisco Tender­loin and the 1906 earthquake centers on four strongly drawn characters played by four major stars. The lead, of course, is Clark Gable as Blackie Norton. The prototype for Gable’s role was Wilson Mizner, a gambler from the Barbary Coast and a close friend of Miss Loos. Mizner embodied the “imagination and braggadocio” that Loos saw as characteristic of San Francisco. Gable is perfect. His Blackie Norton is a gallant rogue, witty, full of vitality. San Francisco is a lusty celebration of life.


Jeanette MacDonald as Mary Blake is an innocent young beauty who enters Norton’s iniquitous den and emerges unsullied, who in fact cleans up both den and denmaster. She is an opera singer forced to belt out bawdy songs in the Tenderloin. She triumphs, mostly through the support of Spencer Tracy, who plays Father Tim Mullin. Tracy’s Mullin is tough, full of life, big enough to love good more fiercely than he condemns evil. And evil in the screenplay is not really so bad. It is Jack Holt as slumlord Jack Burley, whose major crime is puniness of spirit.


Like the previous books in the Screenplay Library series—Raymond Chandler’s Blue Dahlia and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s screenplay for Erich Maria Remarque’s Three Comrades—the script published here is the original version and includes all added scenes and re­takes. Its publication is intended for the general reader interested in the film as literature and for students of film and film writing.

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