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    Casablanca producer Hal Wallis' of the shooting script with additional Warner Bros. production file. (Warner Bros., 1942) Vintage original studio-bound and bradded 170-mimeographed and typed multi-color revision page Shooting Script for Casablanca, the iconic American romantic drama. This unique and unparalleled script is, simply, the ultimate version of the screenplay for Casablanca. This is producer Hal Wallis' personal copy of the script, with all revisions, additions, and edits prepared in the frantic weeks of the film's production, which had proceeded into shooting without a completed script or a resolution to the ending. This script reflects all of the changes that occurred during production, many of them in their raw form; a large number of additions are typed directly into these pages, as created by several writers and Wallis himself. With "Casablanca" title typed on the orange cardstock front cover and dated "6/1/42". Retaining Warner Bros. studio inkstamps and "Mr. Wallis" typed at upper cover edge. Also handwritten in pencil, "Master My Copy Only Must Keep" and "Basis 6/1/42 Rev. Final (yellow cover)", in upper left margin of the front cover. Handwritten in blue pencil on the interior title page is, "Everybody Comes to Ricks E-27" in upper margin. Bound within this script are pink and blue revision pages dated from June 5, June 13, and July 16 1942, and 26 typed pages, dated May 22, June 9 and July 14, 1942. The blue typed pages from July 14 (pp 147-149 as paginated) are titled "changes in new ending," and include, after many previous unsuccessful attempts, the final dialogue and direction of the last act of the film. In addition to the original typescript, many of the mimeo pages bear additional typed annotations, corrections and deletions (the deleted dialogue is readable underneath the strikethroughs), and the script is also marked throughout with handwritten additions and deletions, including several pencil notations recording the actual filming dates of particular scenes. The title page and cover give no writer attribution, listing only Hal Wallis as producer and Michael Curtiz as director. Film scholars have noted that the two teams of writers-the Epstein Brothers (Julius and Philip) and Howard Koch-submitted revision pages throughout the course of filming, and it is likely that some of the typed pages within this script came directly from the writers. Many famous quotes, such as the lines where Rick tells Sam to "Play It!" have been added to this working copy. A typed-not mimeo-version of the famous final line, written by Wallis himself: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship", is contained in this script. Film critic Roger Ebert credits Hal Wallis as the "key creative force" on the film, and this script exemplifies Wallis' efforts to navigate the film through production. Exhibits expected chipping to cover and handling from production use; overall, in vintage fine condition. Provenance: Christie's, Collectibles, The Richard Manney Collection, December 15, 1989, lot 612. Together with: Producer Henry Blanke's production file on Casablanca. (Warner Bros., 1942) Within the Warner Bros. Studios hierarchy, producer and production supervisor Henry Blanke was subordinate only to Hal Wallis and the Warner Brothers themselves. This lot comprises Blanke's file on the production of Casablanca featuring fascinating content concerning the evolution of the storyline and characters. Included in the lot: 1. Typed manuscript of Casey Robinson, 7 pages (8.5 x 11 in.), Burbank, May 20, 1942, titled "Notes on Screenplay 'Casablanca,'" on pink Warner Bros. Inter-office memo letterhead. An intriguing memo from Henry Blanke's file, Robinson provides suggestions for strengthening the love story in Casablanca, many of which made it into the final film. In particular, he emphasizes Ilsa's dilemma in choosing between love and honor. Interestingly, Robinson still doesn't have a decent suggestion for an ending, though he does suggest forcing her to "live up to the idealism of her nature, forcing her to carry on with the work that in these days is far more important than the love of two little people." He still doesn't know how Ilsa will make her exit, however, and suggests that Rick "clips her on the jaw and lets her husband carry her out." 2. Typed manuscript of Lenore Coffee, 6 pages (8.5 x 11 in.), undated, entitled "Suggested Story Line for Strengthening Situation between Rick, Lazlo [sic], and Lois," penciled "Casablanca-Lenore Coffee" at upper margin of page 1. Lenore Coffee was one of Warner Bros.' most successful and highly regarded script doctors. Her suggested revisions are much darker than the final film. She has Rick intentionally betraying Laszlo and Ilsa (here called Lois) in revenge for his broken heart, and ends with Lois running after Laszlo's plane, only to be shot by Strasser's henchmen. 3. (6) typed letters signed of Joseph Breen, 8 pages (8.5 x 11 in.), Hollywood, May 19, 1942 to June 18, 1942, to Jack Warner, on MPPDA letterhead, regarding changes to the script of Casablanca needed to bring it in conformity with the production code. Breen, not surprisingly, has a problem with the "sex suggestiveness" of Ilsa and Rick's relationship in Paris, as well as Renault's apparent quid pro quo with attractive young women seeking exit visas. Lot also features miscellaneous production memos and notes regarding box office receipts. Provenance: Butterfields, Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 14, 2002, lot 3286. Casablanca won three Academy Awards: Best Writing, Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch), Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Outstanding Motion Picture (Warner Bros, Hal B. Wallis, Producer). The film has reached iconic status due to its extraordinary story of romance in wartime, unforgettable characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song, "As Time Goes By". The Writers Guild of America rates Casablanca as being the number one greatest screenplay of all time.

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