Leather-Bound Script for The Informer, Signed by Victor McLaglen, John Ford, Dudley Nichols and Max Steiner. A truly distinctive piece of Hollywood history, this is a leather-bound script for RKO's The Informer (1935), the classic saga of 1922 Ireland, based on the Liam O'Flaherty novel. The film won Oscars for Victor McLaglen (Best Actor), John Ford (Best Director), Dudley Nichols (Best Screenplay) and Max Steiner (Best Score) -- all of whom have signed the opening leaf pages. The book also features the autographs of associate producer Cliff Reid, cinematographer Joe August, and cast members Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, Una O'Connor, J.M. Kerrigan, Neil Fitzgerald, Donald Meek, and Larry Burke. The script book measure 6.5" x 8.5", has The Informer and "Presented to Seymour Roman" engraved on the black leather cover in gold lettering, is 199-pages long and is quite battered; the cover damaged and its spine is missing. (The condition isn't surprising, as the original consignor found the script tossed on a roadside by a landlord!) However, the ink signatures inside are clean and the script is intact and in overall Fair to Good condition. There's interesting Academy Award history associated with The Informer, as Dudley Nichols originally refused his Oscar, boycotting the ceremony, claiming the Academy was basically a "union buster" and fighting for a Screen Writers Guild. Nichols sent his Oscar back twice, finally accepting it in 1938 only after the certification of the SWG. It's an ultra-rare occasion when a piece of vintage Hollywood history turns up with the signatures of four Oscar winners, all of whom won for the film the piece represents. The script comes with a two-page print-out from the Antiques Roadshow website, detailing the book's rescue and Nichols' Academy defiance. A wonderful vintage Hollywo

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