FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.
Mimeographed Manuscript, dialogue cutting continuity script of Today We Live, 121 pp, 4to, n.p., April 8, 1933, in tan wrappers, the Dublin censor's copy, annotations throughout in green, red and graphite pencil, pages toned and thumbed, some fingersoiling and edgewear to wraps. In custom clamshell box.
Provenance: Serendipity Books; the Richard Manney Collection.
Today We Live is based on the Faulkner short story "Turn About," and is one of only two films based on an original story by the author, and the only screenplay based on his own work for which Faulkner received credit. Director Howard Hawks saw the piece in the Saturday Evening Post in March of 1932, bought the rights, and hired Faulkner to write the script. Soon after Faulkner turned in his first draft, Irving Thalberg asked that a part for Joan Crawford be created, since the star was available. Faulkner dutifully complied, and the film, now a love triangle between two WWI pilots and Crawford, went into production in late 1932.
The Dublin censor removes some seemingly inoffensive dialogue and imagery: a reference to sipping communion wine, a shot of a cockroach in a box, Crawford's character putting her head on her brother's shoulder.