A group of 7 manuscripts, various drafts of the synopsis and screenplay of Gone With the Wind
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939. Seven manuscripts detailing the evolution of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to film, including:
1. Mimeographed Manuscript,"Breakdown of Novel and Synopsis" by Franclien Macconnell, 78 pp, 4to, [Los Angeles], November 28, 1936, with Selznick International Pictures, Inc. title page, bound in plain blue wraps with brads. Macconnell's chapter by chapter breakdown of the novel is 19 pp; the synopsis runs 57 pp, divided into four sections: the beginning through the first part of the war; Scarlett's trek to Tara with Melanie; her return to Atlanta in the green velvet dress through her marriage to Rhett; their honeymoon through to the end.
2. Mimeographed Manuscript, continuity outline by Barbara Keon, 46 pp, 4to, [Los Angeles], December 3, 1936, with Selznick title page, in plain blue wraps, light wear. A partial draft, outlining scenes from the beginning of the film through the morning after the rape scene (referred to as such in this draft).
3. Mimeographed Manuscript, screenplay by SIDNEY HOWARD, 241 pp, 4to, [Los Angeles], August 24, 1937, with pink revision pages bound in, in plain blue wraps, wear and loss to covers, interior clean. Howard received final screen credit on the film.
4. Typed Carbon, "Character Relationships," etc., by Franclien Macconnell, 34 pp, 4to, December 21, 1938, with Selznick title page, in plain yellow wrappers. In addition to the analysis of character relationships, this manuscript includes notes on story threads and characters NOT included in the continuity outline, Macconnell's notes on the script of December 10, 1938, sample dialogue between Suellen and Scarlett, story points for Melanie and Ashley not in the current script, and "bits of interesting dialogue" from the novel.
5. Mimeographed Manuscript, temporary final screenplay by Sidney Howard and Oliver H.P. Garrett, 247 pp, January 16, 1939, in yellow Selznick International wraps. THE ORIGINAL SHOOTING COPY, later revised by Ben Hecht. The first two pages of this script contain vital script census information, listing the inventory number and recipient's name for each copy. Cukor, Selznick, and Marcella Rabwin are all on here, as are myriad other technical and other support staff. Page 2 provides a census of the cast copies, including those given to Leigh, Gable, and Howard.
6. Mimeographed Manuscript, second unit shooting script, 11 pp, 4to, April 14, 1939, in brown wrappers bound with brads, listing director Chester Franklin and assistant director Ralph Slosser, editing sheet laid in at rear. Covering only the opening exterior shots.
7. Mimeographed Manuscript, dialogue cutting continuity script listing Hal Kern as editor, approx. 245 pp, December 9, 1939, in yellow Loew's Incorporated wraps bound with brads at upper margin, some wear, paper clips throughout marking sequences.
8. Typed Carbon, "Vanguard Films, Inc. Studio Script Files," 86 pp, n.p., November, 1948, in gray wrappers. An internal inventory of "miscellaneous scripts stored in the script department" of Vanguard, produced less than 10 years after the release of Gone With the Wind, detailing exactly how many drafts of story, synopsis and script were produced, and in what limitations they were stored at Vanguard. An important bibliographic find.
All items uniformly housed in blue, red or white custom clamshell box.
Provenance: Serendipity Books (receipt laid in); the Richard Manney Collection.