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TOM SAWYER (Jul 20, 1930) First white script adapted from Mark Twain

[Hollywood: Paramount Pictures], July 20, 1930. Vintage original film script, folio, self-wrappers, 143 leaves, printed on rectos only. Mimeograph, pages NEAR FINE, wrapper VERY GOOD, detached at punch holes, with closed tears and light soiling, side with three staples. Housed in a custom quarter leather clamshell box.

The third film adaptation of Tom Sawyer — preceded by a silent short in 1907 and a silent feature in 1917 — and the very first talking film adaption of any of Mark Twain’s works.

As was the practice at Paramount, the script has an odd pagination, as it is divided up into nine alphabetical sequences. It is complete, with the following pagination: [title page], [cast list], A-1 – A-37; B -1 – B-21; C-1 – C-12; D-1 – D-19; E-1 – E-15; F-1 – F-7; G-1 – G-9; H-1 – H-15; J-1 – J-6.

PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, THE (1937) Errol Flynn and the Mauch twins

[Los Angeles, Warner Brothers, 1937].. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo. Attached paper credit blurb on verso. Minor soiling, about fine.

Exquisite presentation of Mark Twain’s story. Though he does not appear until 52 minutes into the film, the large budget afforded this production called for a star name, so Errol Flynn took on the role of Miles Hendon. Warners bought the property from MGM when they failed to film with Freddie Bartholomew in a dual role, giving the Mauch twins an excellent vehicle. Still is coded “PP 199”. 

TOM SAWYER (1917) Lobby card

Mark Twain (source) [Hollywood]: Paramount, [1917]. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) lobby card. With small single pinholes in each blank margin, near fine or better.

From the second screen adaptation of Tom Sawyer (a 1907 short film is recorded, although it is not clear that the film exists) and the first feature film adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel. The caption of this scene (where Tom Sawyer is speaking to Becky Thatcher) is “Dast I see you home?” Jack Pickford played Tom Sawyer and Clara Horton played Becky Thatcher.

MAN WITH A MILLION [IL FORESTIERO] (1954) Italian locandina poster by Olivetti

Rome: Rank, [1954]. Vintage original 27.25 x 13″ (69 x 33 cm.) Italian locandina poster. Folded once along middle (as issued), with a printed theater snipe at top, and a small hole in blank area at bottom, near fine.

A British film adapted from Mark Twain’s story “The Million Pound Bank Note”, directed by Ronald Neame and starring Gregory Peck. Poster art by Olivetti.

HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1920) Pressbook

Mark Twain (source), Julia Crawford (screenplay) New York: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, [1920]. Vintage original pressbook, printed wrappers, stapled, 16 x 11″ (41 x 28 cm.), 12 pp. Folded once across the middle (as issued), there are two distributor stamps at the top and bottom of both covers, with some smudges and scuffs scattered on the front cover and small separation at the right end of the horizontal fold, very good.

An extremely scarce promotional book (the OCLC records no known copy) for the first film adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Director William Desmond Taylor had previously helmed the film productions TOM SAWYER (1917) and HUCK AND TOM (1918).

HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1920) Half sheet poster

[Los Angeles]: Paramount Artcraft Pictures, [1920]. Vintage original 22 x 28″ (56 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster, This poster was backed with archival conservation paper; at the time, various primarily marginal tears and wear to the extreme edges were conserved, overall very good-.

This was the third of three feature films directed for Paramount by William Desmond Taylor, whose 1922 murder remains one of the most famous Hollywood scandals (and unsolved mysteries). Lewis Sargent and Gordon Griffith portrayed Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

This was the first screen adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel. Many would follow. This is an exceedingly scarce poster — the only one which I have ever seen, and, in fact, the only poster in any format which I have ever known to exist.


Mark Twain (source) [Hollywood}: MGM, [1939]. Vintage original 11 x 14″ (28 x 36 cm.) lobby card, JUST ABOUT FINE. 

Nice close-up of Mickey Rooney as Huck Finn in this MGM production directed by Richard Thorpe.

PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, THE (1937) Errol Flynn and Mauch brothers

Mark Twain (source) [Hollywood]: Warner Brothers, [1937]. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) glossy black-and-white print still photo, with mimeographed studio text in label affixed on verso, JUST ABOUT FINE.

A portrait of Errol Flynn with Billy and Bobby Mauch. After a couple of years of obscurity, he burst into prominence when he starred in Captain Blood (1935). The Prince and the Pauper was only his fourth starring role in Hollywood.

PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, THE (1916) Promotional flyer

Mark Twain (source) Hollywood: Famous Players Film Co., 1916. Vintage original 8 x 6″ (20 x 15 cm.) promotional flyer, 4 pp. USA, NEAR FINE. Marguerite Clark, a great film star of the 1920s, starred as both the Prince and the Pauper. This appears to be the earliest film adaptation[…]

ALEXIS SMITH (1943) Glamour portrait by Bert Six

Vintage original 10 x 8″ (25 x 20 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Original paper snipe on the verso and the ink stamp of Bert Six, Warner Bros. Slight edge wear at the top, slight corner creasing. ABOUT FINE.

Found in drama school by Warner Brothers scouts in 1940, Alexis Smith paid her dues at the studio for 3 years playing bits and roles in shorts. By 1943 she had been dubbed the “dynamite girl” and was moved to roles as leading ladies. She felt this label held her career back, but Warner’s sometimes cast her in rewarding roles which ran the gamut of comedy, melodrama, musicals, noir and costume pieces.

Portrait photographer Bert Six photographed her in the most glamorous of 1940s modes to promote her in THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, the period biography which did allow her to show her acting range.