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    Producer Stanley Bergerman's Personal Copy of the Universal Pictures Script for Frankenstein (Universal, 1931). While most of the well-known scenes are present but some sequences have been switched in the editing of the film. The opening, front-of-curtain "Friendly Word of Warning" delivered in the prologue to the film, by Edward Van Sloan, is not present in this script. Notable changes include:

    Sequence "B" "Interior.. Large Living Room..Villa Night..Large Closeup Photograph of Frankenstein..." was moved forward in the film.

    "Sequence D-7" appears to differ slightly from the scene in the film:

    Med. Close Shot Ext. Outside Tower ."
    It is raining hard. Elizabeth, Waldman and Victor are standing here, crouched against the wall, seeking shelter. The two men are banging on the door, even as the Dwarf's hand is seen banging the shutter to."

    "Sequence E" with "Victor Frankenstein" and "Dr. Waldman":

    "Int. Laboratory In Tower
    Close Shot

    "FRANKENSTEIN
    (in an excited argumentative voice)
    We must be patient! Do you expect perfection at once?

    WALDMAN
    (his voice incontradictable)
    This creature of yours will prove dangerous, mark my words! He should be kept under guard!"

    has been swapped with "Sequence-G" when the "Baron" pays a visit to "Elizabeth" and "Victor":

    "Interior..Living Room..Villa..
    Close Shot:

    BARON
    (cantankerously)
    You two have it all arranged, haven't you? You think I'm an idiot! Well, I'm not!
    (jerking his thumb toward them)
    Anyone with half an eye can tell there's something wrong. And I have u two /u eyes, both pretty good. Come on. What is it?"

    "Sequence J" Merrymakers in the town, was been moved in the film to precede
    "Village Street. Day Crane Shot" "Sequence F"
    "Ext. Village Street - Night."

    In "Sequence -J- 23" in this script the scene preceding little "Maria's" unfortunate encounter with "The Monster" is written:

    "MARIA
    Mummy stay and play with me!

    MOTHER
    I'm too busy - you play nicely with the kitty -

    In the film, Maria's scene is with her father:

    MARIA
    Daddy, won't you play with me a little while?

    FATHER
    I'm too busy darling. You stay and play with the kitty, huh?"

    A remarkable script that was present in the creation of one of the greatest Monster movies ever made. Exhibiting age, chipped cover edges and shattered wrapper spine. With some minor staining to covers and toning to page edges. Content in vintage Very Good condition. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.




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