Darryl Zanuck's annotated copy of the first draft screenplay of Cluny Brown
Mimeographed Manuscript with penciled annotations throughout, 126 pp, [Los Angeles], May 10, 1945, housed in orange Twentieth Century-Fox steno department wraps stamped "first draft continuity" to upper cover, and also annotated "D.Z." and "confirm Lubitsch" in Zanuck's hand, some toning to leaves, wrappers worn.
Provenance: Serendipity Books; the Richard Manney Collection.
Cluny Brown was Ernst Lubitsch's final film, a comedy of manners about class boundaries in pre-war England. Zanuck's notes on this draft are interesting: he emphasizes strongly that the casting of Wilson, Cluny's obtuse love interest, is critical to the film's success, "so we have just a tinge of romantic surprise." In fact, critics agree that the character of Wilson, played by Richard Haydn, steals the movie.