29 June 2005
WARD, David S. (b. 1947). "The Sting." First Draft of the Original Screenplay.
4o. Mimeographed typescript, 113 pages. Black punch-bound covers; quarter morocco folding case with playing cards detailed with leather onlays attached to upper cover and a diamond, club, heart, and spade tooled and onlayed along spine.
[With:] WARD. "The Sting." A Final Draft Copy of the Screenplay. December 14, 1972. 4o. Mimeographed typescript, 129 pages. Punch-bound in red Universal Studio covers.
[With:] Four 8x10 black-and-white promotional photographs of the film.
The Sting was released in 1973 and starred Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff and Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker. Set in 1936, the plot centers around a group of con artists who arrange a "sting" operation to pay back a big Chicago gangster for the murder of Hooker's partner. The film picked up seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of Scott Joplin's ragtime music.
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