A unique script for 'A Talent For Loving' autographed by the Beatles and Brian Epstein,
This script was one of several under consideration to fulfill the Beatles' three-film contract that had been agreed with United Artists. The Daily Mail and Evening Standard press cuttings included in this lot, from 10th/11th February 1965, reported that the Beatles had been signed up to star as cowboys in a film adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon. This had originally been published in the USA in 1961 and was a story about a horse race in 1871 from the Rio Grande to Mexico City. Condon was also the author of 'The Manchurian Candidate', adapted for the 1962 film starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey.
The man behind this proposed Beatles project was George Ornstein, who had previously worked for United Artists, producers of 'A Hard Day's Night'. Ornstein's production company, Pickfair Films, was due to make the film with a budget of £1,000,000 but, for whatever reason, the film was never made with the Beatles. It was, however, eventually released in 1969, entitled 'Gun Crazy', and starred Richard Widmark, Topol and Cesar Romero.
At the time this screenplay was being produced, the Beatles were actually involved with filming for their second film, 'Help!', with shooting beginning in the Bahamas on 23rd February.