Thank you, Private Presley, for sharing those wonderful photos.
I came across the script draft and some movie stills. Hope you like them.Source
: http://auction.graceland.com/1961__em_W ... T2600.aspx
Wild in the Country First Draft Script Dated August 7, 1958 for Film Starring Elvis Presley - With Five Film Stills
Despite having the stamp “Property of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation / Return to Stenographic Department” on the front cover, this incredible original draft escaped and is being offered with five black-and-white film stills. Wild in the Country
, a film based on the 1958 novel The Lost Country
by J.R. Salamanca, was Elvis’ most dramatic role to date and truly showcased his potential as a serious actor. However, among moviegoers and fans, Elvis’ fun and sexy musical roles were more popular, so his career took a swing back to the formulaic Elvis movies after Wild in the Country
This rare example of a well-used original first draft screenplay exhibits a plethora of annotations and handwritten notes confirming its purpose and extensive use as a first draft. The blue-toned cover alone is well-handled, stained and worn along all the edges as one might expect from a copy that saw copious use. Even the original title The Lost Country
is crossed out and replaced with the handwritten WILD IN THE COUNTRY
. The date of August 7, 1958 appears just underneath the title, with “Elvis Presley” written in green ink between.
The first interior page has pencil notations, “Dir by Philip Dunne / Elvis Presley / Hope Lange / John Ireland / Tuesday Weld / (last 2 pages missing).”
The first page of the script has the handwritten pencil notation “see pg 10 & be sure to establish time & place” pointing to the line “The moon is a ripe melon dripping in the starful sky, splashing the cool Virginia earth...”
Further in the script on page 80 are more detailed notations in ink that appear to be amending dialogue at great length. There are more than a dozen handwritten pages of notes or potential dialogue on the reverse of the pages near the end of the script. After much review and tweaking, this working copy would eventually become the final version of Elvis’ seventh motion picture, the 1961 film Wild in the Country
This remarkable original working first draft was offered with five black-and-white film stills, each measuring approximately 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm).
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