SCRIPT FOR THE MISFITS
BY ARTHUR MILLER. REVISION MARCH 1960
Mimeographed typescript, title page and 147 pages (printed on rectos only). Punched and bound with three brass rivets, the different settings ("Ranch House,""Car,""Bar,"Mustanging") marked with alternating white or pink index tabs affixed to certain pages (title page soiled, some margins frayed).
MARILYN MONROE'S COPY, with the initials "M.M." on title page and large note "Paula's script" deleted in pencil, the lines of the character "Roslyn" underlined in pink ink and her character's name circled in the same color ink throughout. At the top of the title, Marilyn has written, rather cryptically, "The effort is made by one's will." With Monroe's pencilled notes on 46 pages of script and on facing blank pages. On the verso of page 6 are several notes including: "play the situation/don't push it,""when she listens she smiles, when she talks, she doesn't," and "talk differently to him than to her!" On the verso of page 8 are the notes "plead for understanding," "try to smile a little," and "not to worry how I say it," and others. A note on the verso of page 14 reads "look straight at Gable - just look don't say anything don't do anything," and on the verso of page 13, she characterizes Roslyn as "stange lovely quality/not bitter/not blaming/realizing/no pressure now/I hoped so much that things would be different." At the bottom of page 16 Marilyn has written "lean back, stretch, unconcerned feminine sex." On page 20, where Isabelle cautions Roslyn about cowboys, Marilyn has written "men that are men can't be trusted." On page 37, Roslyn has the line "I didn't want children. Not with him," and on the facing blank, connected by a pencil line, Marilyn has written "Like with J.D." (Joe DiMaggio?). At page 72, where Perce is thrown from his horse during the rodeo and injured, Marilyn records:"this is the most dramatic thing so far - its - as if something has happened to her [Roslyn] - she is lost." On the blank verso of page 44, is an extensive inscription commenting on Roslyn's kissing Gay:"she kisses him because she could say that she's lonely - then when he doesn't seem to respond she's hurt then glad for the interruption."