TOM SAWYER (Jul 20, 1930) First white script adapted from Mark Twain


[Hollywood: Paramount Pictures], July 20, 1930. Vintage original film script, folio, self-wrappers, 143 leaves, printed on rectos only. Mimeograph, pages near fine in very good wrappers, detached at punch holes, with closed tears and light soiling, side with three staples. Housed in a custom quarter leather clamshell box. Screenplay by Sam Wintz, Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt. Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain.

The third film adaptation of Tom Sawyer — preceded by a silent short in 1907 and a silent feature in 1917 — and the very first talking film adaption of any of Mark Twain’s works.

As was the practice at Paramount, the script has an odd pagination, as it is divided up into nine alphabetical sequences. It is complete, with the following pagination: [title page], [cast list], A-1 – A-37; B -1 – B-21; C-1 – C-12; D-1 – D-19; E-1 – E-15; F-1 – F-7; G-1 – G-9; H-1 – H-15; J-1 – J-6.

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