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Friendly Persuasion (Original screenplay, presentation script)

Friendly Persuasion (Original screenplay, presentation script)

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Friendly Persuasion (Original screenplay, presentation script)

by Jessamyn West (novel, screenwriter); William Wyler (director); Michael Wilson, Robert Wyler (screenwriter); Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins (starring)

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Glendale, CA: Allied Artists, 1955. Final script for the 1956 film. Originally, screenwriter Michael Wilson went uncredited because he was on the Hollywood Blacklist. Credited here for screenwriting are novelist Jessamyn West and one of the film's producers Robert Wyler. Wilson was finally given the credit by the Screenwriters Guild in 1996.

Based on the 1945 novel by Jessamyn West. Members of a Quaker family in 1860s Indiana must individually reassess their faith and morals as the Civil War looms closer and closer to their home.

Set in Jennings County, Indiana.

Brown Allied Artists' leather binder, with credits for director William Wyler. Title page present, dated 18 August, 1955, noted as Final, with credits for novelist Jessamyn West, screenwriters Jessamyn West and Robert Wyler, and director William Wyler. 164 leaves, with last page of text numbered 163. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with revision pages throughout, dated variously between 9/6/55 and 9/12/55. Pages Very Good, binder Very Good plus, bound with three gold brads.

Martin 140.


A quintessential American heroine, Eliza Birdwell is a wonderful blend of would-be austerity, practicality, and gentle humor when it comes to keeping her faith and caring for her family and community. Her husband, Jess, shares Eliza's love of people and peaceful ways but, unlike Eliza, also displays a fondness for a fast horse and a lively tune. With their children, they must negotiate their way through a world that constantly confronts them-sometimes with candor, sometimes with violence-and tests the strength of their beliefs. Whether it's a gift parcel arriving on their doorstep or Confederate soldiers approaching their land, the Birdwells embrace life with emotion, conviction, and a love for one another that seems to conquer all. The Friendly Persuasion has charmed generations of readers as one of our classic tales of the American Midwest.


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Friendly Persuasion (Original screenplay, presentation script)
Jessamyn West (novel, screenwriter); William Wyler (director); Michael Wilson, Robert Wyler (screenwriter); Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins (starring)
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Film Scripts | Literature | Civil War | Presentation Scripts | Hollywood Blacklist | 1950s Cinema
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