FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON (1962) Final Shooting script dated Jan 29, 1962


Jules Verne (source) Vintage original Final Shooting film script, USA. [Np]: Cambridge Productions, Inc., 29 January 1962. Quarto, [2],133 pp., printed on rose stock. Brad bound in silk screened highly pictorial production company wrappers.  Wrappers somewhat worn and abused at extremities, FINE in VERY GOOD- wrappers. Denoted the “Final Shooting Script” for this adaptation of Verne’s novel, directed by Irwin Allen, who also co-wrote the script with Charles Bennett and Albert Gail.

Allen had, by this point in his career, developed a reputation as a master of science-fiction.  Bennett was a prolific screenwriter, who worked starting in the late 1920’s with Alfred Hitchcock (THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, BLACKMAIL, THE 39 STEPS, SECRET AGENT and FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT — for which he was nominated by the Academy). This  remains one of the most successful treatments of a Verne property by Hollywood.

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