SUCH GOOD FRIENDS (1971) Film script by Elaine May



New York: Sigma Productions, 1971. Vintage original film script, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 22 cm.), 157 pp. Staple-bound, stiff pictorial wrappers, with some pages of revisions on blue paper, with two pages of call sheets and a 4-page crew list laid in. This script belonged to Jack Stager, the film’s still photographer.

SUCH GOOD FRIENDS is a feminist black comedy by Otto Preminger. Julie Messinger (Dyan Cannon) has her husband enter a hospital to have a mole removed and, due to absurd medical negligence, ends up in a coma. In the meantime, Julie, who had never suspected her husband of infidelity, discovers that he was a compulsive womanizer who was sleeping with several of her friends.

This was a very early screen credit for May (here, credited under pen name Esther Dale), who went on to a distinguished career as screenwriter and director.

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