Gore Vidal (screenwriter) DRESS GRAY Two vintage original film scripts, in significantly variant drafts


[Los Angeles]: Richard Roth Productions, 6 March 1981. [1],126,[1], quarto,
Bradbound in production wrappers. Paper filing label across spine, near fine.
“Second revision” of this early form of an adaptation by Vidal to television of Lucian Truscott’s novel. In its present state, the script would translate into a two-hour television film.
[offered with]:
Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Television, 25 September – 4 October 1985. [2],226,[1], plus lettered
Inserts, quarto., printed on blue and salmon stock (the latter dated revises), bradbound in studio
wrappers. A few smudges to wrappers, else near fine.  A call sheet for
the 17th day of shooting is laid in.
“Final draft,” expanded and in 1986 aired as a two part made for television production.
Truscott’s novel, set at West Point at the time of the Vietnam War, reportedly based it on fact.  The completed film, when screened on television, dealt with homophobia, both external and internalized, and it was very strong stuff in the mid-1080’s, at the height of the Reagan era.   The film was clearly troubling to some contemporary critics, but it nonetheless was nominated for three Emmy Awards.
This pair of scripts, which are very different from each other, are a very interesting example of Vidal’s work as a screenwriter, especially because of the film’s LGBTQ subject matter.

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