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Why Girls Go Back Home: A Story of the Stage, Based on the Motion Picture Story, Brody, Catharine
1 Brody, Catharine Why Girls Go Back Home: A Story of the Stage, Based on the Motion Picture Story
New York Jacobsen-Hodgkinson-Corporation (c.1926) NO First Edition Softcover Fair 
[pretty beat-up, with heavy external wear (covers edgeworn/creased, small piece missing at bottom front corner, etc.), tears in title page and first page of text, bottom inch or so of spine covering missing, etc.]. (Popular Plays and Screen Library) Series (B&W photographs) A cheaper version of the popular "Photoplay Editions" issued mostly by Grosset & Dunlap and A.L. Burt, this is a novelization of the 1926 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring Patsy Ruth Miller and Clive Brook. Illustrated with a whopping TWO stills from the film, plus small portraits of the six principal actors on the rear cover (including a very young Myrna Loy). The author, who later turned out several well-regarded Depression-Era novels, was given story credit on the movie, although it's unclear whether it was based on a specific published story or was a screen original; it's equally unclear how this particular book might resemble (or not) whatever "story" the movie was derived from. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Mocking Bird: An Underworld Story of the London Limehouse District, Browning, Tod (based on the motion picture story by)
2 Browning, Tod (based on the motion picture story by) The Mocking Bird: An Underworld Story of the London Limehouse District
New York Jacobsen-Hodgkinson Corporation (c.1925) NO First Edition Softcover Fair 
[worn copy, rear cover detached, pages browned and somewhat brittle, chipping/flaking at corners, creasing to covers, etc.]. (Popular Plays and Screen Library) Series (B&W photographs) Novelization of the 1926 MGM film THE BLACKBIRD starring Lon Chaney, Renée Adorée and Owen Moore, and directed by Tod Browning. (The book, bearing a 1925 copyright date, seems to have been issued prior to the release of the film itself -- which obviously had an 11th-hour title change -- in January 1926.) The three photographic plates in the book itself are full-page portrait shots of Adorée, Moore, and Tod Browning -- the only example I've seen where a film's director was thus featured. Chaney himself is depicted on the front cover and in a minature portrait gallery on the rear cover, with six small shots of some of his memorable screen characters, including the Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not in fantastic condition, but extremely uncommon. It's unfortunate for today's collectors that many of the tie-in books for Chaney's MGM films were issued in these ultra-cheap, non-durable Jacobsen paperbacks, instead of as Grosset & Dunlap or A.L. Burt hardcovers. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Arrest & Trial, Daniels, Norman
3 Daniels, Norman Arrest & Trial
New York Lancer Books (72-696) 1963 NO First Edition Softcover Good+ Illustrated by (color photo cover) 
[spine roll, moderate edgewear, binding splitting at front of book, previous owner's name inside front cover]. Mass Market PB Paperback original, based on the TV series starring Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara -- a precursor of the modern-day series "Law and Order," with pretty much the same format: the cops arrest 'em, the prosecutors try 'em. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Midnight Cowboy, Herlihy, James Leo
4 Herlihy, James Leo Midnight Cowboy
New York Dell Publishing Co. (5611) 1969 NO 1st printing thus Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (photo cover) 
[tight and clean, minor edgewear, uncreased spine]. Mass Market PB Stated "New Dell edition / First printing - February 1969," the less common of the two contemporaneous movie tie-in covers, featuring a color still of Jon Voight in bed with a woman. (Most later printings featured a photo-montage cover built around the two-shot of Voight and Dustin Hoffman, familiar from the one-sheet poster; this edition's cover might be explained by its "pre-release" status, since it preceded the movie's premiere by about three months.) A curious design, in any case, bearing the front cover tagline "Now an Explosive Movie Starring Dustin Hoffman" (but picturing only Voight -- and, on the rear cover, misspelling his first name as "John"). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Best Man: A Play About Politics [movie tie-in edition], Vidal, Gore
5 Vidal, Gore The Best Man: A Play About Politics [movie tie-in edition]
New York Signet Books (P2423) 1964 NO 1st Paperback printing Softcover Near Fine 
[nice tight copy with uncreased spine, slight bend in book but otherwise looks virtually brand-new]. Mass Market PB (photo covers) Incisive drama about hardball political campaigning. Although this is the tie-in for the movie version (which starred Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson, under the direction of Franklin Schaffner), and though Vidal himself did the adaptation, please note that it's the text of the original play that's presented here, not the screenplay. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Visit to a Small Planet [movie tie-in edition], Vidal, Gore
6 Vidal, Gore Visit to a Small Planet [movie tie-in edition]
New York Signet Books (S1788) 1960 1st printing Softcover Very Good+ 
[nice tight copy, moderate edgewear but appears unread, a couple of soft creases in front cover, some surface-scratching to rear cover]. Mass Market PB (photo covers) Vidal's screwball comedy/satire about an alien visitor to Earth, adapted from his original TV play. Although this is the tie-in for the movie version (transformed magically into a vehicle for star Jerry Lewis), it is still the text of the play. (Probably just as well, as I'm pretty sure the author disowned the movie (screenplayed by other hands) at some point.) 
Price: 7.50 USD
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The Woman in the Window (Once Off Guard), Wallis, J.H.
7 Wallis, J.H. The Woman in the Window (Once Off Guard)
Cleveland/New York The World Publishing Company 1945 NO Tower Books edition Hardcover Second Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[solid copy with very slight deterioration to binding at top of spine, one-time owner's signature and attractive bookplate on front pastedown; jacket quite attractive, with a bit of edgewear, a few tiny tears, some fading to spine]. Movie tie-in edition (with photographic dust jacket, but no stills in the text) of this "gripping psychological crime story," the basis for the 1944 Fritz Lang film starring Joan Bennett and Edward G. Robinson. In nicer condition than these cheaply-produced Tower Books movie editions are generally found. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Ceiling Zero, Wead, Frank (from the play by)
8 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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