The Great Houdini (Original screenplay for an unproduced film)

O'Connor, Frank and Dore Schary (screenwriters)

Editorial: Vanguard Films, Los Angeles, 1944
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Draft script for an unproduced film called "The Great Houdini," written by Frank O'Connor and Dore Schary. The script is dated February 1, 1936 and noted as "Copied: Apr. 3, 1944." Schary had been working for Paramount in the 1930s where he met director Frank O'Connor, and the two wrote this original story and screenplay in 1936. For reasons unknown, the film was never made, but O'Connor went on to write and direct the 1938 crime film, "Religious Racketeers," itself a film about mystics, starring Mrs. Harry Houdini. O'Connor presumably used some of the same resource material for this script, and with Schary's extensive knowledge of the great magician, we estimate this may have been a definitive film, factually accurate if anything.Then, in 1944, Hardeen (Houdini's brother) was hired by Vanguard Studios to act as technical adviser for a film to be written by Academy Award-winning writer Dore Schary ("Boys Town," 1938). By then, Vanguard had extended his contract as producer for another five years, and at the end of 1944, the press had already publicized the film as "in production." The project was abandoned and a Houdini film would not be made until 1953, directed by George Marshall, script by Philip Yordan, starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, and based on the same source book as O'Connor's and Schary's script, Harold Kellock's 1928 biography, "Houdini, His Life Story."Story set in New York. Blue titled wrappers, dated February 1, 1936 and noted as "Copied: Apr. 3, 1944," with credits for screenwriters O'Connor and Schary. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. 208 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered H-19. Mimeograph. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads. N° de ref. de la librería 135956

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Título: The Great Houdini (Original screenplay for ...

Editorial: Vanguard Films, Los Angeles

Año de publicación: 1944

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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