BHOWANI JUNCTION (1956) Screenplay by Sonya Levien and Ivan Moffat dated Feb 1, 1955


John Masters (source) George Cukor (director) Boreham Woods, Hertfordshire: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956. Vintage original film script, UK. Copy belonging to assistant director James H. Ware, with his name and notations throughout in holograph pencil and ink. Orange titled wrappers, large quarto, dated February 1, 1955, with credits for producer Pandra Berman and screenwriters Sonya Levien and Ivan Moffat. Title page present, dated March 1, 1955. 142 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 150. Mechanically reproduced, with revision pages throughout, dated variously between February 1, 1955 and June 27, 1955. Pages VERY GOOD+, wrapper VERY GOOD+ bound internally with two silver brads and housed in a blue spring binder.

James H. Ware was a major presence in British and American cinema, best known for his work on BEAT THE DEVIL (1953), ROOM AT THE TOP (1959), OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1959), CHARADE (1963) and THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1965). With two pages laid in, one a note from Ware and the other a page of corrections.

George Cukor, during his fifty year Hollywood career, was often referred to, somewhat derisively, as a “woman’s director”. In truth, he helmed a number of actors to some of their finest film work. Nonetheless, his films have an unusual level of sensitivity which manifests in the female lead performances, as in this film. BHOWANI JUNCTION stars Ava Gardner in what is arguably her most memorable screen role, as a young woman of mixed race who is tormented by confusion about her identity.

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