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Lot 66: 1952 Jailhouse Rock Original MGM "Vault Copy" Script with Working Title "Ghost of a Chance"
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The 1957 MGM film Jailhouse Rock was based on the dark short story by Nedrick Young titled "Ghost of a Chance." Production of the film took only two months between May and June of 1957. The movie premiered in October that year in Memphis and was released nationwide in November. The script for the film began with the working title Ghost of a Chance after the short story on which it was based. The film's name was subsequently changed to The Hard Way and Jailhouse Kid before the final title of Jailhouse Rock was decided. Jailhouse Rock was a highlight in Elvis' career and contains the most recognized and memorable musical scene in any of his films.
The offered original "Vault Copy" script has a blue cover with the typed title "Jailhouse Rock." The script is numbered 5676 in the upper right corner and is marked, "This script is the property of LOEW'S INCORPORATED. No one is authorized to dispose of same. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE OR DESTROY THIS SCRIPT. RETURN TO SCRIPT DEPARTMENT." Just beneath is a white pasted paper stick that bears the MGM logo and is marked "'Vault Copy' Culver City, California No. 18" and dated 6-13-52. The script, also stamped "Vault Copy" on the front cover, is dated the same on the interior with the title "Jailhouse Rock." The script also contains a number of yellow-colored pages dated 7-8-52 with the title "Ghost of a Change Chgs." Yellow insert pages in a script indicate revisions and save having to reprint the entire script. This example of the Jailhouse Rock script, a movie that was selected in 2004 for the U.S. National Film Registry, has found its way out of the vault and is available to be added to someone's lucky collection. The script measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The script presents with few distresses and most likely benefited from file storage for a long period. There is one small tear on the cover and several small stains on the back cover. Excellent condition.