London: Walter Shenson Films, nd [c. 1971]. 4to, , 98 pp., photomechanically reproduced from typescript on rectos only. Bradbound into blue covers with a die cut window to upper wrapper. With a tls from a law firm laid in, submitting the script to an agent for consideration by Charles Bronson. In addition, "Tony Curtis" is also written on the title page in pencil.
An unproduced screenplay by David Markson of his own 1961 mystery novel, the second in the Fannin series, a potent satire of Greenwich Village bohemian life with a mystery of authorship within the narrative which anticipates the more conceptual leanings of Markson's later work. We find no reference to the screenplay ever having been published. Perhaps it was written in order to capitalize upon the unlikely success the year prior of the film Dirty Dingus Magee, the anti-western and Frank Sinatra vessel based on Markson's book The Ballad of Dingus Magee. Though the present script was never filmed, Markson did go on to write the script for the cult pessimist 1972 anti-western 'Cry for Me, Billy'
The strangest facet of the screenplay is that in the script Markson has transposed all of the action to London - a strange decision given that so much of the effectiveness of the Fannin novels is their strong sense of place in New York. Perhaps the reason was financial, or was requested by Walter Shenson.
In the extensive annals of unrealized projects by our favorite writers, the idea of Charles Bronson starring in a David Markson-penned satire of Greenwich Village bohemian life geographically translated to London is particularly intriguing, and proves once again that there is no justice in this world. Item #24419