The Third Man. Second Draft Script.
Second draft script. The in-house mimeographed script of the American adaptation as produced by David O. Selznick. Greene originally developed The Third Man as a film treatment in association with Alexander Korda and Selznick. Friction between the parties led to battles which would impact considerably on the finished film. These arguments were mostly due to Selznick’s somewhat paranoid views regarding homosexuality, anti-Americanism and perversely Greene’s casting of the central characters as British. Eventually many of the changes demanded by Selznick would be adopted including the nationality of the central characters, the abandonment of Holly for Rollo and the alteration to several minor roles. However many of the revisions evidenced in the present draft were refused by Reed and Korda which refusal would lead to the production of two quite distinct versions of the final release one for the US audience the other for general release. Whilst this draft is far from the finished article it allows great insight into the working process by which Selznick imposed his will onto this quintessentially British film.
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Typescript, original blue wrappers, typescript titles to covers, copy number “21” added in blue ink stamp. Housed in a dark blue flat back cloth solander box. An excellent copy.