Edward Fox's SIGNED Script Darkwater Hall Mystery Kingsley Amis Sherlock Holmes For Sale
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Edward Fox's SIGNED Script Darkwater Hall Mystery Kingsley Amis Sherlock Holmes:
A unique piece of Holmesiana, Kingsley Amis and Edward Fox interest. Edward Fox's own copy of a complete 115 page film script with his signature in bold pencil. For the BBC production of The Darkwater Hall Mystery: a singular adventure, written by Kingsley Amis, and aired as a 70 minute film on BBC1, Christmas 1974. Whilst Sherlock Holmes is away for a rest-cure, Dr Watson, played by Edward Fox, is left behind at Baker Street, and whilst there he is asked to help a lady in distress.
The script comprises a cover slip with the title of the film, the name of Kingsley Amis, beneath which is stated Draft Script. This slip has been signed in pencil by Edward Fox. There follows 117 A4 pages of typescript loosely bound at the top left corner by a single perforation hole with accompanying tie. The pages are contained within a brown folder annotated in pen to the front cover with the title of the film and Edward Fox's name (not in his hand). All pages are bound (the final page has a small circular reinforcement sticker either side of the bind hole). The first page is a list of speaking and non-speaking characters. The second page comprises a list of sets and notes. Note 9 shows Kinglsey Amis's characteristic humour when he states 'Anything? Said with mild surprise...Not said like Frankie Howerd. (If it's too tricky, cut).'
There then follows 115 single-sided pages of script commencing with Watson saying goodbye to Holmes and then leading into the main story, with vivid scene descriptions and a wonderful script typical of the golden age of BBC drama (the film was directed by James Cellan Jones who was well established having already successfully directed the miniseries The Forsyte Saga). The script contains three pencil annotations across pages 108 and 109 to Watson's speech, very likely to be in the hand of Edward Fox.
The Darkwater Hall Mystery was a popular Kingsley Amis story and as such was later published in a shortened form in Playboy in May 1978. An expanded version was published soon after in August 1978 by The Tragara Press as a limited numbered edition of 165 copies.
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