A Life & Legacy: The Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman Collection

A Life & Legacy: The Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman Collection

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"Hud" | Bound presentation script incorporating photographic stills

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June 12, 05:24 PM GMT


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Bound presentation script incorporating photographic stills


Film script (8 1/4 x 10 3/4 in.; 206 x 275 mm). Approximately 137pp printed on cream, pink, yellow, and blue sheets, with notice on title-page reading "This Material is the personal property of PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION provided for your use and convenience. Please treat it as private and confidential and make sure it is not lost or stolen or left in any place where it may get into wrong hands...", dated 12 March 1962, interleaved with 16 vintage black and white film stills; very faint toning to text leaves, some stills slightly trimmed. Full brown leather, bound by California Bookbinding, cover and spine with gilt rules, title gilt-lettered, "Paul Newman" gilt-lettered at lower right of cover; very minor shelfwear. 

[Hud has grabbed a rifle and shot at the buzzards]

Homer Bannon: Don't do that, Hud; they help keep the country clean. Besides, it's against the law.

Hud Bannon: Well, I've always thought the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner. Sometimes I lean one way and sometimes I lean the other.

Screenplay for Hud, written by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., and directed by Martin Ritt

Based on the novel Horseman, Pass By (1961), penned by Larry McMurtry, this 1963 dramatic Western received seven Oscar nominations—including a Best Actor nod for Newman—and took home three wins. Even though playing the villain, Hub Bannon, Paul Newman was received as an attractive anti-hero by many young fans. Indeed, Newman threw himself into the role, and spent weeks on cattle ranch to prepare.

The 1963 New York Times review of Hud noted that "Any film with a title as cryptic and ugly-sounding as "Hud" better have more to recommend it than its name." Reviewer Bosley Crowther continued: "So, take it from me, 'Hud,' which came to the Paramount and the Coronet yesterday, does have more—so much more, in every aspect—that it shapes up now as this year's most powerful film...'Hud' is as wide and profound a contemplation of the human condition as one of the New England plays of Eugene O'Neill." And of Newman's performance in particular, Crowther was no less glowing with his praise: "Paul Newman as Hud is tremendous—a potent, voracious man, restless with all his crude ambitions, arrogant with his contempt and churned up inside with all the meanness and misgivings of himself...In spite of the title, 'Hud' has it. That's all you have to know" (Crowther).


Bosley Crowther, "Screen: 'Hud' Chronicles a Selfish, Snarling Heel: Newman in Title Role of Western in 60's," in The New York Times, 29 May 1963, pg. 26