Date Published: 1935-1988
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Emlyn Williams, in full George Emlyn Williams was a Welsh-born actor, playwright and author of some highly effective, often macabre plays. He give the world his celebrated plays, "The Corn Is Green," and “Night Must Fall”. He became the actor Charles Dickens reportedly always wished to be when he became "Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens" in a venerated series of one-man shows.
This Emlyn Williams collection includes 1 Typed Theatre Script ; 4 Books ; 2 Ephemera and 1 Photo. Time period covers is primarily 1935. All material is related to Williams’s celebrated play, Night Must Fall, a psychological thriller, when he became an overnight star.
Williams played the lead role of a psychopathic murderer. The play was noted for its exploration of the killer's complex psychological state, a step forward for its genre. It was first performed in 1935 and then made into a film in 1937, 1954, and 1964. The 1937 film by MGM, which starred Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, and Dame Mae Whitty, was named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review.
1 Typed Theatre Script;
• Original typed theatre script of A Night Must Fall, SM’s copy (stage manager's copy), page size: 7-1/2 x 13 inches, 54 blank pages with SM’s handwritten notes and amendments, plus 45 pages with typescript of the play.. Produced by Miles Malleson, the original production of Night Must Fall premiered May 31, 1935, at the Duchess Theatre in London. The formal West End opening was preceded by a preliminary tour of Edinburgh (April 29, 1935), Newcastle and Glasgow. The play ran in London for 436 performances. No date. Presumed a London copy of the typescript for the play based on handwritten notes with British spelling with examples such as “with snaps (photos) and letter”. Perfect bound, preliminary leaves nicely repaired, with Williams’s signature on a paper label.
• Night Must Fall: A Play in Three Acts. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1935. Black cloth, orange label on spine. Signed by Williams on the front free endpaper and by all the cast who are named, apart from Eric Stanley, whose place appears to have been taken by Marcus Barron, whose signature is present. Tipped in is the Duchess Theatre printed label stating that Jack Knight will take Basil Radford’s part in Mr. Radford’s unavoidable absence. However, Radford has signed where the other cast members have signed, but Jack Knight has not. Apart from a little light foxing to the top edge and fore edge, this is a near fine copy, in a slightly spotted dustwrapper, which shows some neat internal repair, but which is not price clipped.
• Night Must Fall. New York: Random House, n.d. 144 pp. Probably a first American edition, with no statement of printing on the copyright page (see below). Inscribed just after the play closed on Broadway by the author and star of the production, “To Vincent, with all the best from Emlyn, New York November 1936.” A very good copy in cloth covers with mild edge wear. Dust jacket with edge wear, small edge chips, spine faded. Based on the jacket copy, this edition was published between the close of the British run and the opening of the American production (September 1936). While a sensation in London, with the production running 436 performances, the American run lasted just two months.
• Night Must Fall. Samuel French, 1935. 147 pp. Grey, pictorial card. Noticeable foxing, tanning and handling marks with dog-eared corners. Intermittent annotations with inserted file dividers throughout. Tanning along spine with moderate rubbing, foxing and wear over surfaces. Chipping along edges with pencil marking at front and general warping. Note signed by Williams affixed to the front pastedown.
• Night Must Fall. Samuel French, 1935. 100 pp. Softcover. circa 1988 ISBN 0573612994
• 2 programs of Night Must Fall: Duchess Theatre, under the joint direction of J.P. Mitchelhill and J.B. Priestley, produced by Miles Malleson, with Williams acting in his own play, September 1935; Charles Macdona’s presents, produced by Glen Byam Shaw, at the Cambridge Theatre, in its second year, 21 September 1936.
• A signed photo postcard of Williams in his play, Accolade: “To Mrs Ventriss and the Partridges warm regards Emlyn.”
All material housed in a handsome custom-made clamshell box.
This Collection is on consignment with LDRB.