A rare Get Carter script that’s come up for sale has already seen a flurry of interest from film buffs in the region where the classic crime thriller was shot.
North Shields bookshop owner Anthony Smithson, who recently bought the signed script from a colleague in America, says fans have already expressed an interest in getting their hands on a rare piece of local movie history.
The 130-page script originally owned by Dusty Miller, a cameraman on the 1971 film shoot, is signed by its star Michael Caine and director Mike Hodges, as well as other cast members and producer Michael Klinger.
It includes the film’s original working title, Carter’s The Name, dialogue changes and details of scenes that did not make the final cut.
There’s also a letter from Klinger thanking Miller for his work on the film and call sheets with a wealth of information about the 40-day shoot, such as details of the hotels where the actors stayed.
“Michael Caine and Michael Klinger stayed at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle,” reveals Anthony, who has run The Keel Row Bookshop in North Shields for the past seven years. “It seems the top brass stayed there, the hands-on and technical staff stayed at the Royal Turks Hotel and the labourers and others at the County Hotel in Neville Street.
“There’s even information about train times from Newcastle to London. The journey took a lot longer in those days – nearly six hours!”
The script will be the highlight of Alnwick Book Fair, which takes place on August 24 when specialist dealers from across the country will be selling rare books on all subjects in the town’s Northumberland Hall.
Anthony, who manages the fair, expects a lot more interest in the script in the run-up to the fair and those keen on it can find out a price on application.
He says: “I was sorely tempted to keep it! I’ve been a bookmaker for 20 years and I’ve never heard of another copy having come up for sale.
“There would have been no more than 150 copies of the script at the time and in the top right-hand corner there’s the number 78 in pink Biro.
“The majority of the scripts would have been put in a big bin and pulped at the end.
“It’s a piece of film history, a piece of Newcastle history.”