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The Ambassadors (Archive of three original screenplays from the 1951 television film)

The Ambassadors (Archive of three original screenplays from the 1951 television film)

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The Ambassadors (Archive of three original screenplays from the 1951 television film)

by Henry James (novel); Franklin J. Schaffner (director); Lois Jacoby, Worthington Miner (screenwriters); Betty Furness, Judson Laire, Ilona Massey, Robert Sterling (starring)

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N.p.: N.p., 1951. Archive of three draft scripts from the 1951 television film, which originally aired on February 26 on CBS as part of the Studio One anthology series. Screenplays belonging to production manager Mickey Delamar, one with his manuscript ink annotations throughout.

Delamar worked as a producer, production manager, and assistant director on over 30 films, with a career spanning four decades. His credits include Julien Duvivier's "Anna Karenina" (1948), Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), and Terence Young's "Mayerling" (1968).

Based on the 1903 novel by Henry James, about an older American sent to France to rescue his wealthy, widowed fiancee's son from a supposedly corrupt Parisian lifestyle.

Shot on location in New York.

First script:

Blue titled wrappers, noted as copy No. 4, undated, with credits for novelist Henry James and screenwriter Lois Jacoby. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 152 leaves, with last page of text numbered 161. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with undated white revision pages throughout. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good, moderately dampstained and soiled overall, bound with three gold brads.

Second script:

Tan untitled Jaffe Agency wrappers. Title page present, undated, with credits for screenwriter Lois Jacoby and novelist Henry James. 153 leaves, with last page of text numbered 161. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with white undated revision pages throughout. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, moderately foxed and toned, bound internally with three silver brads.

Third script:

Tan untitled Jaffe Agency wrappers. Title page present, undated, with a label noting association with M. Delamar affixed to the bottom right corner, with credits for screenwriter Lois Jacoby and novelist Henry James. 152 leaves, with last page of text numbered 161. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with white undated revision pages throughout. Pages and wrapper Very Good, moderately soiled and toned, bound internally with three silver brads.

Synopsis

Chad Newsome has gone to Paris. He is charmed by Old World fascinations and caught up in the leisurely craft and bohemian direction of European worldliness. An older woman of rank and adventurous but subtle skill, Madame de Vionnet, strokes his ego and does her best to keep Chad in Paris indefinitely. Chad's mother lives in Woollett, Mass., and wants her son to return to run the family business. Mrs. Newsome is an invalid and cannot go to Paris to fetch her son herself, so she employs Lambert Strether and Sarah Pocock to return Chad to Massachusetts. Sarah has been to Paris before and is aware of its attractiveness, so her determination to succeed in this task is fixed and uncompromising. Strether is of later middle age, however, and inspired by the fairytale of a beautiful life in Europe. Mrs. Newsome has promised to marry Strether if he can bring Chad home. Strether is completely enamored by the Parisian character and its enchantments and has a difficult time completing his mission. The drama of reestablishing Chad in business in America and of coming to terms with the mythological romance of France leaves the reader unbalanced, trying to recover equilibrium in the real world. Those involved with Chad's rescue are compelled to recognize the deep intimacies of personal attachment and the accepted proprieties of direct consequence. The success and failures of such an undertaking are unpredictable. The result of every character's attempt to steer Chad rightly is a strange conglomeration of role reversal, fantasy, and truth.

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Title
The Ambassadors (Archive of three original screenplays from the 1951 television film)
Author
Henry James (novel); Franklin J. Schaffner (director); Lois Jacoby, Worthington Miner (screenwriters); Betty Furness, Judson Laire, Ilona Massey, Robert Sterling (starring)
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Date Published
1951
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Keywords
Archives | Film Scripts | 1950s Cinema | Television | Television Movie | Television Scripts | Films with Literary Sources
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