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    Preston Sturges Handwritten Story Treatment for a Billy Wilder Production, 1952. Preston Sturges, creator of the some of most memorably sarcastic dialogue in film history (see any Barbara Stanwyck line in his 1941 masterpiece, The Lady Eve), was paid $5,000 in 1952 to help Billy Wilder on a screenplay tentatively titled A New Kind of Love. The film, slated to star Yul Brynner opposite Katharine Hepburn, was never produced, most likely due to Brynner's binding contract with Rodgers and Hammerstein for the Broadway production of The King and I, but 12 pages remain of Sturges' handwritten story ideas, notes, and stream-of-consciousness writing including a random note on his friend Rupert Hughes: "Upton Sinclair refused Rupert Hughes' invitation to dinner and added pointedly that he did not own a tuxedo." Sturges' unusual handwriting is complemented by the occasional doodle and coffee stain, but the content itself is what truly dazzles. Could this have been his comeback, thwarted conflicts with Wilder (nobody's perfect!) or perhaps the hard drinking ways he was prone to by the 1950s? Also included are six Paramount documents spanning August 25 to September 12, 1952, confirming Sturges's payment and work schedule on the project. Though there is mild tanning and brittleness to a few of the pages' right and upper borders, the yellow ledger pages are in Very Fine condition and the handwriting (in pencil on most pages, blue ink on others) is clear and legible. A fascinating time capsule from the celebrated, cynical yet visionary screenwriter/director. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA. Click here to read the HA Blog entry on this item:

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