1945 · Universal City, CA
by Dashiell and Alex Raymond Hammett (story); Joseph O'Donnell, Harold Channing Wire, Harold B. Cox, Patricia Harper (screenwriters); Lewis Collins, Ray Taylor (directors)
Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1945. Original treatment (titled "Characters and Premise") and complete set of continuities for the 1945 13-episode film serial, including a continuity for the trailer, constituting a virtually complete record. Hammett debuted his Nazi-fighting agent in 1934 in comic book form, with artwork by the legendary Alex Raymond. A film adaptation was made by Universal in 1937, and this serial starring Lloyd Bridges was produced in 1945. Neither the film or serial version are noted in the film appendix of Layman's Hammett bibliography. Any original paper relating to serials is extremely uncommon; a complete set such as this rare. Each document in white studio self-wrappers, with the treatement side-stapled and dated January 4, 1945, the trailer and episode continuities top-stapled and dated between June 6, 1945 and August 16, 1945.
Treatment is 16 pages, each of the fourteen continuities represent two reels each and run 16-18 pages each, and the trailer continuity is 5 pages. All mimeograph duplication, Very Good plus condition, each with two blank leaves at the rear, a few terminal blanks loose from staples, a couple of short edge tears, all leaves supple and clean. In a custom clamshell box. (Inventory #: 121814)