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


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, which are somewhat worn and abused at extremities, fine in vg- 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.

Director Irwin Allen had, by this point in his career, developed a reputation as a master of science-fiction.  Charles Bennett was a prolific screenwriter who worked starting in the late-1920s 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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