“A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT… STEINBECK’S FINEST WORK IN THE GENRE”: RARE LITTLE-KNOWN “REVISED FINAL” SCREENPLAY WITH THE WORKING TITLE OF “THE TIGER,” DATED ONLY ONE MONTH BEFORE THE FINAL SHOOTING SCREENPLAY TITLED VIVA ZAPATA!, WHICH PREMIERED IN 1952
STEINBECK, John. Tiger (Viva Zapata) Screenplay. Los Angeles, April 12, 1951.
Rare April 12, 1951 “Revised Final” screenplay of “The Tiger”—the only known revised final screenplay to contain this working title of the 1952 Oscar-winning film, Viva Zapata!—which earned Steinbeck and star Marlon Brando Oscar nominations, culminating years of Steinbeck’s intense struggle to complete a screenplay on the life of Zapata, fondly known as “The Little Tiger,” and revered by Steinbeck “as one of the greatest men who ever lived.” This exceptional screenplay printed with “Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation,” “Revised Final” and “April 12, 1951” on the original front wrapper, along with “Revised final” and “April 12, 1951” on the title page, is dated far closer to the film’s premiere than an early May 13, 1949 version, with a working title of “Zapata, the Little Tiger,” and only one month before a final shooting screenplay, titled Viva Zapata! and dated May 16, 1951, this rare April 12 screenplay offering important insight into Steinbeck’s creative process, as well as the input of director Elia Kazan and producer Darryl Zanuck. Accompanied by the first English edition—preceded only by the American first edition—of Zapata (1991), Steinbeck's published screenplay for the 1952 film Viva Zapata!, the first edition to contain his introduction. $9000.