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1 Wead, Frank (from the play by) Ceiling Zero
New York Lynn Publishing Co. (c.1936) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(pictorial paper-covered boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [a bit of wear at all corners (and slight splitting to corners of front cover), minor discoloration to endpapers, much less browning to pages than often seen in these ultra-cheap publications]. (B&W halftone photographs, endpaper drawings) A "photoplay edition" writ cheap, this tie-in with the 1936 Warner Bros. aviation melodrama, despite its fragile pulp-paper construction, has the virtue of being illustrated with a still from the movie on nearly every single recto (right-hand page as the book is opened) throughout -- close to 60 photos altogether. The film was directed by Howard Hawks from a screenplay by Lieutenant Commander Frank Wead (based on his own play, presented on Broadway in 1935), an starred James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, both pictured on the cover along with a fiery airplane crash. A former Navy aviator who became a writer after recovering from a serious accident in 1926 (he fell down the stairs at his home and broke his neck), Wead started out penning adventure yarns for the pulp magazines and was quickly recruited by Hollywood, where he turned out a steady stream of masculine melodrama until his death in 1947. His life was dramatized by his occasional collaborator, John Ford, in his 1956 film THE WINGS OF EAGLES. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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