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The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition, MGM vault file copy)

Burnett, W.R. First Edition. Likely unique copy from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] library, with the following identification markers on the front endpaper (1) a standard 1950s-era MGM receipt label affixed to the center of the page, (2) three rubber stamps running down the center that read "VAULT COPY," (3) three rubber stamps (each marked through) also running down the center that say "FILE COPY," (4) a rubber stamp at the top right corner indicating the film's production number, "5329," and (5) a rubber stamp reading "METRO-GOLDWYN LIBRARY / CULVER CITY" at the bottom right. Bottom margin of a few other pages also with the "METRO-GOLDWYN LIBRARY / CULVER CITY" rubber stamp, including the title page. Jacket has a strip of off-white fabric tape affixed to the bottom half of the spine, on rubber stamped "VAULT COPY," now faded but barely visible. Kept on file MGM during the making of the cornerstone 1950 film noir directed and adapted for the screen by John Huston and starring Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, and Marilyn Monroe. Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. Some minute rubbing and toning to the extremities of the paper covered boards (as often found with this title). Jacket has a neat split at the center of the front hinge fold, with a couple of equally neat Scotch tape reinforcements on the verso, applied at some point in the past to keep the split from worsening. A very presentable copy overall.
Isadora (Original photograph from the set of the 1968 film)

Isadora (Original photograph from the set of the 1968 film)

Reisz, Karel (director); Melvyn Bragg, Margaret Drabble, Clive Exton (screenwriter); Isadora Duncan, Sewell Stokes (novel); Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox (starring) Vintage borderless photograph of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Karel Reisz on the set of the 1968 film. With a mimeo snipe, holograph annotations and a library rubber stamp on the verso. A high spot for Vanessa Redgrave in the 1960s, a story that follows the life of the free spirited modern interpretive dancer Isadora Duncan. From Dan Pavlides at Allmovie: Trained in classical dance, Duncan shattered the traditional conformities in her art and her personal life. The film begins at the end of her life as she recalls the past while dictating her memoirs to her male secretary. Her uninhibited sexuality and insistence on personal freedom and expression shocked more conservative and narrow-minded patrons and audiences. She brought in elements of classic Greek dance during the height of the jazz age and had children in and out of wedlock. Married to sewing-machine heir Paris Singer (Jason Robards) and the Russian poet Sergei Essenin (Ivan Tchenko), her life was a rollercoaster ride of success and tragic failures. Two of her children drowned when her chauffeur left the car unattended and the vehicle plunged into a river. Duncan lived by her own rules, often shunned by the very people who had so passionately embraced her pioneering efforts in dance, women's liberation and free thinking. Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. The film's locales are international and range from California to Europe and the Soviet Union. Shot on location in various places in England, Italy, France, and Eastern Europe. 9.25 x 7.5 inches (23.5 x 19 cm). Near Fine.
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The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Original screenplay for the 1960 film, director Ken Hughes’ working copy)

Hughes, Ken (director, screenwriter); Montgomery Hyde (screenwriter); John Furnell (playwright); James Mason, Peter Finch, Lionel Jeffries (starring) First Draft script for the 1960 UK film. File copy belonging to the film's director Ken Hughes, with a typescript note tipped on to the title page requesting its return to the director and noting it is the only script in existence for the film. Peter Finch delivers a strong performance as the inimitable author Oscar Wilde in this film about Wilde's sodomy trial after his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, lifted in large part from the historical court records. One of two films about Wilde released in May of 1960, the other being director Gregory Ratoff's "Oscar Wilde." In order to compete with the other Wilde film, production on "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" was made in only nine weeks from start to finish, with filming wrapping a mere two weeks before the London opening. Composer Ron Goodwin was recording music before scenes were filmed, most scenes were filmed in one take, and four editing rooms were set up, working in parallel during principal photography, in order to deal with the rushed timeline. Shot on location in England. Green wrappers with a typescript title label. Title page present, dated 28th January, 1960, noted in holograph ink as First Screenplay. 210 leaves, with last page of text numbered 208. Mimeograph, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good, bound internally with two spring binder clips.