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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 145

    The Italian Job, 1969

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    The Italian Job, 1969
    A shooting script KENNEDY MARTIN, Troy The Italian Job, 16th May, 1968, Paramount Pictures, 105pp. of mimeographed typescript, original blue paper wrappers, title page inscribed in blue felt pen with vendor's name and the character details John Morris, Dave additionally inscribed in blue ballpoint pen with the screenwriter's address in Turin; a corresponding page of script amendments dated 6th July, 1968; and a call sheet "The Italian Job" Call Sheet No. 68, details include: Date:Sunday 15 September, 1968 Set:Int. Lorna's Apartment Artiste:Michael Caine Character:Charlie and Standin:John Morris for Mr. Caine; the script and call sheet used by Johnny Morris as Michael Caine's stunt double in the film's lead role Charlie Crocker and for the character he played, a member of Charlie's gang; and a black and white still of Morris as 'Dave' driving one of the two Italian ambush lorries -- 9¼x7½in. (23.5x19cm.); accompanied by a letter from Johnny Morris confirming the provenance (4)


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    Johnny Morris has fond memories of working on The Italian Job. For six weeks he and the stunt crew filmed in Turin before the main unit joined them. As might be expected, there were several hair-raising moments during filming. One of these took place during the famous sequence where the Minis were driven into the back of the moving coach. Morris was a passenger in this sequence and the Minis were scheduled to drive up in a specific order. Just as Morris's Mini was getting in position to ascend the ramps, one of the other two Minis cut in and clipped Morris' car, causing it to flip over onto its roof. Apparently, the director Peter Collinson played the dangerous part of the gang member hanging out of the back of the coach, directing the drivers up the ramps.

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