Lot 636: DS, one page, 8.5 x 10.25, March 18, 1951. An agreement between Faulkner and the Winchester Pictures Corporation in which he agrees to render services "as a writer in connection with the writing of the second draft screenplay for the motion picture now entitled 'The Left Hand of God.'" Signed at the conclusion by Faulkner and countersigned by a company representative. In fine condition, with a block of mild overall toning. This film was to be an adaptation of William Edmund Barrett's 1951 novel of the same name, a story about a former army pilot in China who escapes a warlord by masquerading as a priest. Faulkner was hired to work on the script at the request of his friend, director Howard Hawks. The script bounced from studio to studio and met several delays—in part due to objections by the Catholic Church—before they decided to sell the rights to the novel and Faulkner's screenplay draft to 20th Century Fox. Faulkner was left uncredited when the film was finally produced in 1955, starring the great Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney. A decidedly uncommon and desirable piece related to Faulkner's work as a screenwriter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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