Document Signed, two and a half pages, legal folio, April 9, 1936. An agreement between Faulkner and RKO Studios, Inc. in which RKO engages William Faulkner “…to write, compose, prepare and/or revise a treatment and/or adaptation and/or continuity, with dialogue, of a story presently entitled ‘Gungha Din,’ suitable for reproduction as a motion picture…directed by the Corporation at its studios at Hollywood, California….” William Faulkner was paid $1000 a week for his work, through July 31, 1936. The movie Gungha Din was one of RKO’s most popular films of 1939. Although it had numerous production problems, and became the most expensive film produced by RKO, costing almost $2 million, the film was a commercial success. The movie was based on the Rudyard Kipling character and starred Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Joan Fontaine. It concerns the story of a native water boy in India who at the expense of is own life, saves the lives of three English soldiers by warning them of an impending attack by a group of murderous religious fanatics. A fine example.
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