1986 PRESENTATION LETTER to Tom Mankiewicz on eve of DRAGNET - Colin Higgins ALS. The lot includes an autograph letter laid into a gift book.
Letter refers to book, but the book has no associated inscriptions. TITLE: The Life of King Henry V. PUBLISHER: New York: The Heritage Press. DESCRIPTION: 157p 31cm Laid in one page [265mm x 185mm] letter by Colin Higgins inscribed in green ink on custom personal stationery.CONDITION NOTES: Book condition: GOOD Solid page and cover attachment. Rubbed corners and faded cover. Letter condition: FINE without exception. BINDING: Blue cloth over blue decorated boards. PROVENANCE: Estate of Tom Mankiewicz. On October 20, 1986 tensions ran high in Tom Mankiewicz's studio office, the night before his directorial debut. Renown screenwriter and script doctor responsible for literally hundreds of Hollywood movie and TV scripts, Tom Mankiewicz had a tricky assignment (perfect for his skills), adapting and directing Jack Webb's. A well known TV police drama. Working from lead actor Dan Ackroyd's campy comedy script, the material played up Ackroyd's brilliant spoofs of the uptight, fast talking Joe Friday, a sketch routine first made popular on Saturday Night Live.
Tom Mankiewicz, however, had to craft a feature full length movie: not a 10 minute bit. Straight man Tom Hanks plays the incredulous sidekick, and veteran Harry Morgan (TV Dragnet and MASH) plays the chief - both supporting Dan Ackroyd's virtuoso skills at imitation. Reaffirmed Tom Mankiewicz's reputation as the clutch player who could save any project and paved the way for many more turns in the director's chair. On the eve of principal photography, arriving with a gesture of encouragement, fellow writer/director Colin Higgins (Harold & Maude, 1971) presented Tom Mankiewicz this one page letter laid inside a copy of Shakespeare's Henry V, to which the note refers.Confidently inscribed in green ink on Colin's personal stationery, the message exudes optimistic confidence and appeal to the new director's ambition to succeed. Colin Higgin's presentation letter beautifully conjures an. Sought by all creative teams and links the two writers to a long tradition of excellence in difficult production circumstances - remembering, of course, English glory at Agincourt and Shakespeare's poetic history of victory plucked from the mud of defeat. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog.
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