A first draft screenplay of Orson Welles' Touch of Evil
Mimeographed Manuscript titled "Badge of Evil," 128 pp plus 2 pp character list bound in at front, Universal City, CA, July 17, 1956 (with blue revision pages dated as late as August 6, 1956 bound in), housed in green Universal-International Pictures wraps with "First draft screenplay" to upper right corner and ownership signature of Marion Pecht to upper left.
Provenance: the Richard Manney Collection.
The first draft of Welles' classic noir, in very fine condition. Authorship is not attributed in this copy to either Welles or the author of the book, Whit Masterson, though this version cleaves more closely to the printed than the final film version: the famous opening tracking shot is not present, nor are some of the more memorable characters, such as those played by Marlene Dietrich and Mercedes McCambridge. Pecht was likely a secretary at Universal.