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Published Manuscript

We are entertaining the idea of publishing a first edition of Ralph's manuscript in book form.  This would be a hard bound limited print first edition with the complete manuscript (around 100 pages) and pictures.  At this time we are trying to gauge interest.  If you think you would be interested in a copy of this book, should we publish it,  Draft pages will be posted here so you can get an idea of what it contains.


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Posted - February 2, 2005

This seemed to trigger off a gay mood. "Once when I was first under contract at Fox, they insisted I go to a very important cocktail party given for the press. I didnt have anything to wear that I thought appropriate, so I went to the wardrobe department and found one I liked. But the costume designer didnt approve; "Now if you would wear a dress to match your stockings, youd be a sensation." "I sure would Im not wearing any stockings."

Paula: "I made a point to go to Arthur to try to find out what was going on. The changes in the scripts, and the attitude he and John were displaying toward me. He said that he and John had come to a conclusion that certain changes in the relationships of the four characters were evolving in a way different than that which he had first envisioned them. Certain characteristics displayed by the individuals themselves had colored the weaknesses and the strengths more than one would have thought. We have decided to go with these, to bring them more into focus. We had a meeting tonight with Frank, and we all agreed such changes would be better for the picture. I told him that I felt it was vital, imperative, that Marilyn and Clark should be consulted, because the way things were going what would emerge would be almost completely different than the original premise. I also told him I felt that I should be in one meeting of this sort, that while I was on the picture specifically for Marilyn, my opinions should not be totally ignored." He walked away with a shrug. John would not even listen to me he found something elsewhere to occupy his attention. So, Im making one last effort. Im moving to the Holiday. It will at least make Marilyn aware that there is a schism growing, that started a long time ago. Perhaps even such a small distance as the Truckee may clear the (atmosphere). It also might give Arthur and John something to think about. When she realizes, and she will, sooner or later, what workings are in the air well, I shudder to think what will happen."

She moved to the Holiday that day, keeping her suite at the Mapes as a meeting place with Marilyn to discuss the next days scenes.

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