PURSUIT TO ALGIERS (Original Heavily Annotated Screenplay for the 1945 Universal Studios SHERLOCK HOLMES Film Adaptation)
by Doyle, A. Conan (Leonard Lee, screenwriter).
Los Angeles: Universal Studios, 1945. Doyle, A. Conan (Leonard Lee, screenwriter). PURSUIT TO ALGIERS [here bearing the initial title "The Fugitive."] Los Angeles: Universal Studios, 1945. Dated July 26th, 1945, Leonard Lee's complete brad-bound studio mimeographed draft script (production number #7309 stamped on the cover) consists of 113pp of typescript bearing numerous penciled revisions, emendations, and additions - along with another 20pp of massively hand-corrected typescript which clearly had contained so many penciled changes that the pages had to be retyped. These remarkably annotated pages have been appended to the rear of the screenplay, creating a 133pp comprehensive look at the evolution of the script. Given the fragile nature of WW2-era scripts, this example is in excellent original condition, very good indeed, the pages are a little soft with some very light edge-wear and tears. Among the many dialogue changes, one can actually see the last minute insertion of the famous line "Elementary, Dear Watson" amid overall delicious and delightful artistic tweaking. As fully marked up as any script in our nearly complete Universal Studio archive. PURSUIT TO ALGIERS, set almost entirely on a passenger ship, required elaborate sets and thus became the series's most expensive production; it premiered at the Rialto Theatre in New York on October 26th, 1945. 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. A treasure for the fan of the Universal Sherlock Series. Please see our other scripts from the same archive.. Signed. Original Wraps. Very Good.
(Inventory #: 002101)
19th and early 20th Century English Literary First Editions and Manuscripts, Thomas Hardy, Cinema, Children's Books & Original Art.
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