1971 · Hollywood
by Larry Peerce (director); Fred Segal (screenwriter); John Knowles (novel); John Heyl, Parker Stevenson, William Roerick, Peter Brush (starring)
Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1971. Script archive built around the Revised First Draft script for the 1972 film. Copy belonging to Burt Bluestein, with his name on the title page in manuscript pencil, and annotations throughout in manuscript pencil and ink. Bluestein, although not credited at the film's release, was presumably involved with production design, as indicated by the annotations concerning camera angles and props, and his film credits as both assistant director and production manager. The script is accompanied by various interoffice pages, like cast and crew lists, emergency contact lists, shooting schedules, and interoffice memos, including one discussing the film's hiatus and the possibility of Ron Talsky (costume designer) working with Otto Preminger during the hiatus. Between this script and the film's release dates, Talsky did work for Preminger, on his film "Such Good Friends" (1971).
Based on Knowles' 1959 best-selling first novel. Two young teens, Finny (Heyl) and Gene (Stevenson) consider the draft if it should happen, and make their way through school during WWII.
Shot on location in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Actor Heyl's only film credit.
Title page present, dated 1971, noted as FIRST DRAFT (Revised), with credits for novelist Knowles and screenwriter Segal. 163 leaves, with last leaf of text being the tenth page of a shooting schedule. Various printing methods, with a few manuscript and typed pages, and yellow and pink revision pages throughout, dated May 1971 (yellow) and two pages dated Jan 1971 (pink). Pages Very Good plus overall, bound in a black three-ring binder.
(Inventory #: 139346)