WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983. A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951.
Lot 170
WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983.
A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951.
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£1,600 - 2,300

Fine Books and Manuscripts

9 Mar 2017, 13:30 EST

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Lot Details
WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983. A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951. WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983. A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951. WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983. A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951. WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983. A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951.
WILLIAMS, THOMAS L. (TENNESSEE). 1911-1983.
A Streetcar Named Desire. Warner Brothers, 1951. Mimeographed manuscript, final screenplay, no writing credits, (screenplay by Tennessee Williams and Oscar Saul), 132 pp, August 8, 1950, with blue revision pages dated August 28 to November 7 bound in, annotated throughout by producer Charles Feldman in blue ink, "Feldman" and "Reduced" written in pencil to title page, bound in tan calf with stamped in gilt to spine and "Charles K. Feldman" to front cover, with six 8 x 10 in black and white photographs from the film bound in.
Provenance: estate of Clotilde Barot, Charles Feldman's widow.

PRODUCER CHARLIE FELDMAN'S WORKING COPY OF THE "STREETCAR" SCREENPLAY. Tennessee Williams' controversial Broadway hit, A Streetcar Named Desire, shot Marlon Brando to stardom in the role of the brutish Stanley Kowalski. The play's subject matter was shocking at the time and made its transition to film difficult. The many sanitizing cuts that the Production Code and the Catholic Legion of Decency imposed on Williams' play are reflected in the numerous revision pages in this script, as well as in the more upbeat ending grafted onto it. Threats of receiving the Legion of Decency's "Condemned" rating led to even further cuts to director Elia Kazan's finished film. There are also handwritten dialogue changes taped on to the first page which clarify in the opening dialogue what the titular "Streetcar named Desire" is.
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