Lot 502


Estimate: £400 - £600
Hammer price: £200
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.


-The Sea Shall Not Have Them, 1954: the director’s shooting script, 114 pp. of mimeograph typescript bound in brown card covers, the front cover with white paper label with the film’s title in typescript, annotated in pencil in an unknown hand 16A, annotated throughout in at least two different hands, one of which is the director’s, in either ballpoint or pencil; with three mimeograph typescript Call Sheets: 20 May, 1 June and 2 June, 1954, similarly annotated, a black and white front of house still and a press still, both 20.5 x 25.6cm.; and

-‘H.M.S. Defiant’, 1954: the director’s ‘Shooting Script’ titled The Mutineers, the working title for H.M.S. Defiant [The Mutineers is the name of the novel by Frank Tillsey upon which Nigel Kneale based his screenplay], 160 pp. of mimeograph typescript bound in yellow card covers, the front inscribed in an unknown hand 15 LEWIS GILBERT, approximately 20 pages annotated by Gilbert, majority in blue ballpoint pen, with a small piece of loose blue notepaper inserted on p.118 with various notes in the director’s hand; an original typescript ‘Script Supplement’ 2 pp., with corresponding carbon copy; a photograph album, the cover labelled The Making of the Defiant with Lord Brabourne in Denia Spain…containing 75 colour and black and white photographs taken during the film shoot, various subjects include Lewis and Hylda relaxing off set with family, cast and crew; the ‘Defiant’ at port and at sea, including Lord Mountbatten on board; nine black and white stills, four featuring ‘The Defiant’, one featuring Alec Guinness in costume in conversation with Lewis and Hylda Gilbert, majority – 20 x 25 cm.; a scrapbook of photographs, press clippings and related material including Gilbert’s ticket to the World Premiere, 22 February, 1962 stuck to the inside cover; 13 ‘Good Luck’ telegrams (four stapled into a presentation booklet) all dated 22 February 1962, including one from Alec Guinness; and 20 photographs including 17 colour and black and white shots, some press, some private, of the dinner held to celebrate the release of the film, 13 shots featuring the Mountbatten’s; and a handmade display painted on card Congratulations to LEWIS GILBERT on the Premiere of his Twenty-First Production “H.M.S. DEFIANT” – 28 x 33 cm.   (a lot)

Photographs Sold Without Copyright

Condition Report: The Sea Shall Not Have Them: covers creased, folds and tears to some of the pages commensurate with use and age, the last page detached from the rest; the call sheets are in poor condition, two of them with paper loss to the right side, all with creasing and tears; front of house still has tear to top of middle edge, light creases to corners and old glue residue to verso; publicity still has black paper stuck to top edge of verso and two small areas of paper loss to the middle of the front

H.M.S. Defiant: overall good, covers slightly grubby, left front corner creased; two of the stills with creased corners.

Bellmans is grateful to Wallace and Hodgson for their assistance with cataloguing the Lewis Gilbert Film Script and Production Archive.

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