Tuesday, June 2, 2020



From the collection of a well known Hollywood-based movie historian, collector, author, archivist and intimate of the late great Hal Roach, comes this holy grail item for Roach fans. An original Dialogue Cutting Continuity to the classic Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts short, MAIDS A LA MODE. Much like a script, DIALOGUE CUTTING CONTINUITIES feature all the dialogue and shot descriptions (including titles) of each and every shot in the film. Cutting continuities also noted the shot #, how many 35mm feet and frames of film into the short that the shot appears. This information would be compiled by the Film Editor (in this case Louis McManus) after he cut the film as a record of all the shots for other key departments at the studio and for filing as proof of content with the U.S. Copyright office (often in lieu of sending an actual print of the film). This is one is one of the studio file copies direct from the Hal Roach Studios. Continuity has 27 pages including detailing every one of the 263 shots in the short. Top of the first page notes this as Production A-14. Continuity is in very good to excellent condition. Paper is supple and cream colored. First page has some creasing, minor tears and edge wear. Last Page also has edge wear and is detached. All other pages are generally free of any rips, tears, stains, browning, edge chipping or notable blemishes. Some pages show minor creasing. Document features the original staple on the top left. Truly an amazing artifact and sure to be prized collectible from this immortal series and Hollywood legend, Hal Roach.


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