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ANOUILH, Jean, & Lucienne Hill.

Becket. Original final script for the 1964 film, actor Michael Miller's working copy.

[Title:] SF 83083 Wallis-Paramount-Hazen. Becket. Final Script. May 1, 1963.

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1963 Stock Code: 135899
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Becket, starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole, was based on Jean Anouilh's 1959 play and garnered the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Edward Anhalt), three Baftas (Best Colour Photography, Best Set Design in Colour, Best Costume Design), Best Film from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and two Golden Globes (Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama: Peter O'Toole); it received a total of 11 Academy Award nominations.

Actor Michael Miller's copy, with three original call sheets for location shooting at Alnwick Castle, stage and studio lot (dated variously between 27 July 63 and 9 August 1963); colour souvenir program (24 pp., wire-stitched as issued); original contract with Paramount (13 leaves, carbon typescript on onionskin stock, dated 5/1/63, corner-stitched). Miller (d. 1987), who took the role of one of Henry's barons, was a stalwart of British television, with roles in The Prisoner (1967), Doctor Who (1963) and The Three Musketeers (1966), his screen credits including The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and cult horror flick Eye of the Devil (1966), opposite Deborah Kerr, David Niven and newcomer Sharon Tate.

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Quarto. Red grained wrappers titled on front cover "Becket", title page present. 155 leaves, last page of text numbered 154. Mechanically reproduced, bound internally with two silver flat crimped brads; business label of the Enid Shaw script bureau (London) to inside back cover.


A few nicks to wrappers otherwise an excellent copy.


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