FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.
Typed Carbon on yellow foolscap, treatment of Drums Along the Mohawk, 26 pp, 4to, [Los Angeles], March 14, 1937, housed in blue wraps bound with brads, with typed title and date, marked "only copy" twice at upper margin and with ownership signature of assistant producer Ben Silvey to upper right corner, pages mildly thumbed, cover toned and creased vertically, small cut to right margins, tape repairs to verso of upper cover. In custom clamshell box.
Provenance: Serendipity Books (receipt laid in); the Richard Manney Collection.
On March 12, 1937, Faulkner began an extended assignment for Twentieth Century-Fox Studios (Blotner p 954). Three days later he turned in this 26-page breakdown of Walter D. Edmonds' best-selling novel, Drums Along the Mohawk. Never a fan of studio work, Faulkner injects a fair amount of contempt into this treatment. From page 21: "McKlennar's house. Two Indians enter the house, set fire to it, kill Mrs. McKlennar, find Lana in bed with her child which is about three years old. They tell her the house is on fire. They are drunk. Lana forces the Indians to carry the wedding bed outside of the house. Lana gets into it again with the child. The two drunken Indians are finally driven away by the child. This will be comedy. Lana lies in bed and watches the house burn." If that's not clear enough, in his final paragraph, as the next generation is taking up the challenge of settling the new frontier, he writes, "Lana tells Mary whatever sappy stuff we need here about love conquers all things, etc...."
The University of Virginia has a mimeographed version of this treatment bearing the same date, but no typescript or other typed carbons have been located.