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The Crusades, 1935/Cecil B. DeMille
A rare working script for Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Crusades, 1935, the script used by DeMille's life-long field secretary and script supervisor, Berenice Mosk, the second draft script dated 29 January, 1935, 190pp. of mimeographed typescript bound in boards covered in khaki cloth, the cover inscribed Berenice and decorated with a red felt cross, the inside cover with Henry Wilcoxon bookplate [who played King Richard Of England], the list of cast members amended in Mosk's hand including C. Henry Gordon and Pedro De Cordoba swapping the parts of Philip, King of France and Karakush, the majority of pages annotated extensively in Berenice Mosk's hand with corresponding slate numbers as well as amendments, additions to and deletions from the script, the pages opposite the text pasted with a large collection of 16mm. film clips from the corresponding scenes, the clips annotated with slate numbers and other continuity details -- the script given by Berenice Mosk to Henry Wilcoxon who kept the script until his death in 1984

Lot Essay

This fascinating script is a rare document of the legendary Cecil B. DeMille's filming techniques employed in the making of famed epics like The Crusades and The Ten Commandments. A constant companion to DeMille during production, Berenice Mosk would have annotated this script with amendments to the script, action and direction as dictated by DeMille as the action took place on set.

Henry Wilcoxon played the lead role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, 1934. It would prove to be the beginning of a long relationship with DeMille, he would become a familiar DeMille character actor, playing King Richard Of England in this case, and became DeMille's associate producer in the later years of DeMille's career. Interestingly, it was Wilcoxon who was instrumental in negotiating with Egypt's then President Nasser to obtain permission for Paramount and DeMille to shoot The Ten Commandments on location in Egypt. Nasser apparently told Wilcoxon that his approval was a direct result of the fairness with which DeMille had treated the character of Saladin, the Saracen leader, in The Crusades.

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