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    Dalton Trumbo's A Guy Named Joe Office Copy Script. A Guy Named Joe, MGM's big Christmas release of 1943, was a WWII fantasy in which Pete (Spencer Tracy), a pilot killed in battle, returns as guardian angel to young pilot Ted (Van Johnson), only to have Ted fall in love with Pete's girl, Dorinda (Irene Dunne). This is Trumbo's office copy of the script, its MGM Script Department cover dated January 28, 1943. The film had a troubled production history, and the script contains retake pages dated as late as November 6, 1943, including a revised happy ending far different from the one originally written. A Guy Named Joe was a tremendous hit with a domestic gross of more $5 million, one of the year's most popular films, and one of Trumbo's major film credits, though he would be blacklisted just a few years later. Script comes from estate of Trumbo's personal secretary Minnabell Cline and is in Excellent condition.

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    A Guy Named Joe, MGM's big Christmas release of 1943, was a WWII fantasy in which Pete (Spencer Tracy), a pilot killed in battle, returns as guardian angel to young pilot Ted (Van Johnson), only to have Ted fall in love with Pete's girl, Dorinda (Irene Dunne). The star trio, along with director Victor Fleming, pulled off Trumbo's remarkable script (originally rejected by the War Department, which feared "psychological damage" to pilots and their parents) This is Trumbo's office copy of the script -- its MGM Script Department cover dated January 28, 1943. The film had a troubled production history (Van Johnson suffered a major car accident, Tracy and Dunne clashed), and the script contains retake pages dated as late as November 6, 1943; in the original, Dunne's Dorinda died flying a P-38 into combat; she survives in the revised film's happy ending. A Guy Named Joe was a tremendous hit, with a USA gross of over $5,000,000 -- one of the year's most popular films and one of Trumbo's major film credits. Reputedly Steven Spielberg's favorite movie -- he partially remade it as Always (1989). Odd to realize that only several years after this patriotic film's release, Trumbo was blacklisted. Script comes from estate of Trumbo's personal secretary Minnabell Cline and is in Excellent condition.



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