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    Citizen Kane Orson Welles' personal typed manuscript "original story and screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz". (RKO Pictures, 1941) Vintage original Herman J. Mankiewicz 156-page typed draft screenplay for Citizen Kane. Black paper folder-bound with title page typed with title and "Original Story and Screen Play by Herman J. Mankiewicz". In March of 1940, Orson Welles sent Mankiewicz and close friend John Houseman (tasked with making sure Mankiewicz wrote rather than getting drunk) to Mrs. Campbell's Guest Ranch retreat in Victorville, California some 60 miles outside of Los Angeles to write the first drafts of Citizen Kane, with a 300-page draft script of dialogue and camera instructions by Welles as a starting point. At one time there was a dispute over who would be credited with writing the screenplay when Welles began promoting himself as a one-man show - writer, director and actor. But Mankiewicz, who many historians assert wrote the bulk of the script, prevailed. This draft assigning original story credit as well as screen writing credit to Mankiewicz attests to his profound influence on the origins of this iconic film, which would earn him his one and only Academy Award. From the opening shot of the film, the ultimate shooting script changed very little from this draft. Presented in a vintage board-bound black folder with interior cover exhibiting folds and creases, script pages show minor chipping with no paper-loss. In overall vintage fine condition. Provenance: Acquired by the consignor directly from Orson Welles.

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