WHITE HEAT (1949) Part I & II Final screenplay


PART I FINAL screenplay dated 4/20/49 (pp. 1-39)


PART II FINAL screenplay dated 4/23/49 (pp. 40-94)

[Hollywood: Warner Brothers], 1949. Vintage original film script, quarto, mimeograph. Printed wrappers, this script was subsequently bound into stiff plain boards with cloth spine, front blank later wrapper is detached, there is wear to the later cloth spine. Distribution slips missing, internally just about fine in good+ later binding.

This is a partial script, incorporating the first two thirds of the entire screenplay. A subsequent PART III was not bound in with it.

Director Raoul Walsh’s WHITE HEAT is one of the most famous of all films noir, with James Cagney (as Cody Jarrett) giving an extreme performance as a mother-loving psychopathic gangster.

Silver, Ward, Ursini, Porfirio, p. 333: “A tragic grandeur, often elusive in the post-war cinema… culminates in Cody’s delirious and explosive self-immolation atop a metallic pyre.”

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