Various - A Small Collection of Kong Related Scripts, 1961-1980, Manuscript.


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1961-1980. A small collection of typescripts related to King Kong. Comprising: (1) Typescript of Kong: A Novel From the Original Edgar Wallace Screenplay by Philip Hudsmith. 1979. 135pp typed, rectos only. Near fine. Included is a letter from Hudsmith to Penelope Wallace. The copyright is noted as both Hudsmith and Wallace, so presumably it was a joint venture of sorts. PW was EW's daughter, a writer in her own right and establisher of the Edgar Wallace Society. Hudsmith was in the film industry, mostly working as an editor. As a child King Kong inspired him to work in the industry, and evidently, write this treatment. It appears not to have made it to print. Spiral bound. (2) Typescript of Kong and Edgar Wallace: Giants of Suspense by Philip Hudsmith featuring Kong: The Original Sceenplay and Other Writings by Edgar Wallace. 1980. 344pp with a bunch of photocopied film stills to the rear. It appears not to have made it to print. Spiral bound. (3) Typescript for King Kong by Lorenzo Semple. 1976. Semple was a fairly big name in the film industry with writing credits for Never Say Never Again, Papillon (with Dalton Trumbo), Flash Gordon, and Three Days of the Condor (with David Rayfiel). Prior to this he wrote the pilot and first four episodes of the 60s Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward. And of course, the present item, the 1976 Kong remake. The script is 110pp rectos only and noted as revised January 14th 1976. Brad bound, with the title in marker on the spine. Dino De Laurentiis Corp covers. (4) Typescript for King Kong by Lorenzo Semple. 81pp, rectos. 1976. Noted as Master Copy, but given the date of 1976 and the BFI library stamp I presume this was for the BFI rather than the production. There are scriptual and directional differences between this and (3). (5) Typescript for Konga...the Story of the Film. 1961? 38pp rectos. Presumably written initially by Herman Cohen, but Aben Kandel has writing credits too. Cohen was a B-movie director best known for helping to create the teen horror genre, with hits like I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. There's no date, but the first sheet has Anglo American in the footer, the production company. Presumably a later draft as the film was initially given the title I Was a Teenage Gorilla, before the Kong rights were secured. This is titled Konga. Stapled in card wrappers. Some tearing to the covers. (6) The Original Kong by Edgar Wallace, edited by Andrew Sinclair. 56pp, rectos, with minor corrections. The Andrew Sinclair is presumably the same Sinclair who directed the 1972 adaptation of Under Milk Wood. Included with the tpyescript is a letter to Penny Wallace from 'Michael' presumably Michael Horniman of A.P. Watt (the oldest literary agency). Presumably Sinclair, who also published classic screenplays, was preparing a publication of Kong. Unbound. (7) Four paperbacks related to Kong, including the UK Corgi issue, The Creation of King Kong by Bruce Bahrenburg, Queen Kong and Konga, the novelisation of (5). [10163, Hyraxia Books].


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