1940 · Los Angeles
In the letters, Hilton discusses his negotiations with Laurence Olivier about the project, having lunch with Mrs. Hitchcock and giving her the script (hoping she'd impress her husband with it), how the war has affected show business, his book writing, and his transfer from Columbia to RKO.
Hilton began writing the script 15 days after the release of "Lights Out in Europe," a short war documentary he wrote commentary for, six months before the release of Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent," with dialogue from Hilton. Set in and around the dilapidated fictional town of Browdley.
Blue titled wrappers, noted as First Draft on the front wrapper, dated April 29, 1940, with credits for screenwriter Hamilton. Title page present, dated April 29, 1940, noted as FIRST DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Hamilton. 128 leaves, carbon typescript on onionskin stock. Pages Good plus, wrapper Poor (now encapsulated in archival mylar), bound with two gold brads. (Inventory #: 131332)