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Sinners in Heaven [Photoplay Edition], Arden, Clive
1 Arden, Clive Sinners in Heaven [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1924] (c. 1923) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very nice copy, the book essentially flawless but with a trace of dust-soiling to top edge, vintage bookseller's label (Paul Elder, San Francisco) on rear pastedown; jacket shows light soiling on spine and rear panel, tiny chip at top of spine]. (8 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition, tie-in with the 1924 Paramount film starring Bebe Daniels and Richard Dix as a man and a woman stranded on a tropical island. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Skyscraper Souls; Photoplay Title of Skyscraper [Photoplay Edition], Baldwin, Faith
2 Baldwin, Faith Skyscraper Souls; Photoplay Title of Skyscraper [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1932] (c.1931) 1st printing thus Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear, front hinge cracked but not separated, fading to spine cloth, two previous owners' signatures in ink on ffep, number in ink at top of front pastedown]. (4 black & white stills from the film) Novel centering around various people working in a New York City high-rise office building. Basis for the 1932 MGM-Cosmopolitan film SKYSCRAPER SOULS, four stills from which illustrate the text of this edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Why Girls Go Back Home: A Story of the Stage, Based on the Motion Picture Story, Brody, Catharine
3 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 Chorus Lady [Photoplay Edition], Forbes, James
4 Forbes, James The Chorus Lady [Photoplay Edition]
New York A.L. Burt Company [1924] (c.1908) NO PhotoPlay Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[nice clean copy with only minimal shelfwear, front hinge a little weak, vintage price sticker (from the famous San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket edgeworn, with a few small tears and nicks, minor chipping along top edge]. (B&W film stills) A story of life on the stage, that "abounds in disappointments, heart throbs and breath-taking situations, in which gambling, race-track parties, midnight frolics and romance play their part." Illustrated with the Burt-standard four black-and-white stills from the 1924 silent film, which starred Margaret Livingston (the future Mrs. Paul Whiteman), Alan Roscoe and Eve Southern. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Public Enemy, Glasmon, Kubec, and John Bright
5 Glasmon, Kubec, and John Bright The Public Enemy
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1931) First Edition Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [externally quite a nice-looking book, clean and bright (would rate at least VG+ on external appearance alone), but unfortunately both pastedowns (inside covers) bear extensive remnants of what was once a glued-down dust jacket (now long gone), as well as stamping indicating that the book was once held by Boyd's Lending Libraries]. (4 B&W film stills) Photoplay edition, actually a novelization of the classic gangster film, hence the true first edition, since there was no prior publication of the story in any form. The copyright notice states the claimant to be Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., and thereby hangs a typically Hollywood story of mutation-through-adaptation. The story began its life as a unpublished novel called "Beer and Blood," the screen rights to which were sold to the studio while its co-authors, Bright and Glasmon, were still trying to arrange a publication deal. As Bright tells it in his memoir, in the middle of working on the screenplay, they were essentially duped into letting the studio arrange for publication of their book -- only to learn (too late) that it had been turned over "to a Benzedrine-driven hack who tapped out a bowdlerized version of the screenplay's plot, bearing not the faintest resemblance to [our novel]; not a single phrase remained." (The movie's screenplay, incidentally, was credited to yet another writer, Harvey Thew. Well, his actual credit was "screen adaptation," with the more prominent "by" credit still going to Glasmon and Bright -- but it's perilous to over-interpret screenwriting credits, which were capriciously bestowed in those pre-Screen Writers Guild days.) The movie made a star out of James Cagney, in his first major movie role, and he is fittingly featured in three of the four stills bound into the text of this book -- but what I can't figure is why the frontispiece photo is a two-shot of Beryl Mercer (who played Cagney's simpering mother, in one of the most irritating performances of all time) and Rita Flynn (whose role in the film, as the sister of Cagney's pal Matt, wasn't even big enough to rate an on-screen credit -- although to be fair, neither was that of Mae Clarke, recipient of the most famous grapefruit-in-the-face in movie history). 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Potash & Perlmutter: Their Copartnership Ventures and Adventures [Photoplay Edition], Glass, Montague
6 Glass, Montague Potash & Perlmutter: Their Copartnership Ventures and Adventures [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1923] (c.1911) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[solid copy, moderate wear at extremities, top edge dust-darkened; jacket has some paper loss at top of spine (extending slightly into front panel and affecting top part of "POTASH" in title on spine), small chip at base of spine, also a somewhat ragged tear at bottom front hinge, extending a bit onto the front panel]. (B&W photographs) The archetypal bickering Jewish business partners, "Potash and Perlmutter" first appeared on stage in 1913, with Barney Bernard and Alexander Carr essaying the roles, then reprising them in several sequels. Bernard appeared in just one film as Abe Potash (the 1923 First National production for which this book is the tie-in); he died in 1924, and in the two subsequent P&P films the role was filled by George Sidney. (Alexander Carr played Morris Perlmutter in all three films.) This book contains four black & white scene stills from the 1923 film, directed by Clarence Badger. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Corsair [Photoplay Edition], Green, Walton
7 Green, Walton Corsair [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1931, 1930) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Mach-Tey 
[Good only, due to water-staining to lower covers (interior of book unaffected), otherwise a lightly worn copy with a couple of slightly bumped and softened corners; the jacket is also dampstained (showing mostly along the bottom edge of the rear panel), with moderate overall wear, external/internal tape repairs/reinforcements at both ends of spine, but the front panel illustration still bright and attractive]. (4 B&W film stills) Adventure novel about a guy from a privileged background who leads a double life: as "a buccaneer in white flannels, a gentleman hi-jacker de luxe ... he preyed upon the biggest liquor rings of the East. Out in the black waters beyond the twelve-mile limit he captured cargo after cargo of rum. On land he was John Hawks, fashionable Long Islander; at sea he was Jonathan Braughn, who engineered a 'coup' in which both the enemies of society and society itself were caught napping." The author's background as "chief prohibition inspector under General [ ] Andrews" is touted as the source of the book's authenticity. The movie, released by United Artists in 1931, starred Chester Morris and Thelma Todd. The story had previously been serialized in Liberty magazine from September 20 through December 20, 1930. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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There You Are! [Photoplay Edition], Herbert, F. Hugh
8 Herbert, F. Hugh There You Are! [Photoplay Edition]
New York The Macaulay Company [1926] (c.1925) NO PhotoPlay Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by (frontispiece) J.M. Clifton 
(no dust jacket) [light wear at extremities, a bit of soiling to page edges, one-time owner's pencil name and date on ffep]. (frontispiece, two B&W film stills) A farcical comedy of manners by the noted screenwriter and playwright, the basis for the 1926 M-G-M film of the same name starring Conrad Nagel and Aileen Pringle, for which this is the tie-in. This is the earliest published book credited to Herbert, and appears to have been initially (or perhaps only) published as a novel, rather than the play on which the movie was claimed to have been based. (There is also no indication that a play by Herbert of that name was ever produced or published.) After a couple of prolific but relatively lackluster decades as a Hollywood screenwriter, Herbert achieved a more notable success in the theatre, with "Kiss and Tell" (1943) and "The Moon is Blue" (1951), both of which enjoyed two-year Broadway runs and were adapted (by Herbert) into successful films. NOTE that the Arnie Davis bibliography of photoplay editions and movie tie-ins calls for there to be four stills bound in with the text, but that the present book has only two, in addition to the frontispiece -- which is NOT a still from the film, but a black-and-white illustration. This, I can't explain -- but the book in any event, is scarce in any printing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Way of a Man [Photoplay Edition], Hough, Emerson
9 Hough, Emerson The Way of a Man [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1924] (c.1907) NO First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[hinges weak (cracked but not separated), nasty pull-tear in page 125 (no loss of text), otherwise reasonably clean and sound; jacket edgeworn and age-toned, a bit of paper loss at spine ends, small chip at top of front panel (affecting two letters of the title)]. (8 B&W photographic plates) According to the rear jacket panel, this film was "produced both as a feature production and as a ten-chapter Pathé-serial -- but this may well be a spurious claim, as none of the standard silent-film reference sources turn up any reference to a feature version. In any event, it's obvious that the producers (and the publisher of this edition) were doing everything possible to capitalize on the Hough name, associated as it was in 1924 with the massive success of THE COVERED WAGON the preceding year. (A bit weirdly, though, only a small part of the book's action is set in the West, so the adaptation must have been a bit, ah, extreme.) The film, by the way, starred Harold Miller and Allene Ray, and was directed by George B. Seitz. The eight photo plates are slightly unusual for this format, as three of them actually bear two images on the plate; hence the book contains a total of eleven images from the film. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Love's Greatest Mistake [Photoplay Edition], Kummer, Frederic Arnold
10 Kummer, Frederic Arnold Love's Greatest Mistake [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1927) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) James Montgomery Flagg 
[light shelfwear to book a little age-toning to edges of text block, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket is still attractive, but is unfortunately marred by a long diagonal closed tear extending from the bottom left corner of the front panel to slightly above the center of the front panel and accompanied by a long soft crease running back down to the bottom; other than that, there is some darkening to the spine and small tears and minor paper loss at most corners]. (B&W photographs) "The Story of a Girl who went hunting in the Danger Zones of Romance." The story (per the copyright page) was originally published in Liberty Weekly, making this its first book publication. Illustrated with eight stills from the film version, starring Evelyn Brent and William Powell, which was released by Paramount in 1927. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Broadway Melody, Lait, Jack; from the scenario by Edmund Goulding
11 Lait, Jack; from the scenario by Edmund Goulding The Broadway Melody
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1929) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj 
[minor wear at extremities, light dampstain surrounding base of spine; jacket heavily worn, with a big chunk missing from top of front panel, plus various tears, scrapes and whatnot]. (8 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition (and true first edition, a G&D original), a novelization of the backstage musical film that won the year's Academy Award as Best Picture. Depicting a thinly-veiled Ziegfeld Follies (the book's impresario is named "Joseph Zanfield," changed to "Francis Zanfield" in the film), this version of the yarn benefits from author Lait's breezy, proto-hardboiled prose style, which ages a little better on the page than the early-talkie creakiness of the film has on the screen. Illustrated with eight black-and-white stills from the M-G-M movie, which starred Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love, with the ever-popular Jed Prouty (later father "John Jones" in the Jones Family series) in support. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Letter; originally published under the title The Casuarina Tree: Six Stories [Photoplay Edition], Maugham, W. Somerset
12 Maugham, W. Somerset The Letter; originally published under the title The Casuarina Tree: Six Stories [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1929] (c.1926) NO Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [decent copy, clean aside from some light spotting/soiling to top page edges, spine cloth a little faded, light bumping/softening to corners]. (8 B&W movie stills) Maugham's stories of English people living in the Malay Peninsula and Borneo, the first of which, "The Letter," served as the basis for the long-thought-lost but recently-rediscovered/restored 1929 talkie starring the luminous, doomed Jeanne Eagels (for which this edition was the movie tie-in), and the much more famous William Wyler-directed Bette Davis flick from 1940, with one of the best opening scenes ever. Illustrated with eight black-and-white stills from the film. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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No Greater Glory (Photoplay title of The Paul Street Boys) [Photoplay Edition], Molnar, Ferenc (translated by Louis Rittenberg)
13 Molnar, Ferenc (translated by Louis Rittenberg) No Greater Glory (Photoplay title of The Paul Street Boys) [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1934] (c.1927) First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good in Fair dj 
[solid copy, mild wear and light soiling at extremities, dust-darkening to top edge; jacket is Fair only, heavily worn and soiled, various small tears and chips, spine sunned, paper loss at corners and top of spine (just missing the title), etc.; jacket now in protective cover but alas, the damage is already done]. (photographic endpapers) Photoplay edition, issued to coincide with the release of the 1934 Frank Borzage film for Columbia Pictures; based on the Hungarian playwright's autobiographical novel about youth gang warfare in the streets of Budapest, the film was notable as one of the most forthright anti-war statements of its day. (The novel had already been filmed in Hungary in 1929, and would be again in 1969.) The photographic illustrations from the Borzage film are, in this instance, confined to the endpapers, each of which has eight small scene stills (different shots in the front and rear); there are no stills bound into the text proper. Very scarce, not only in the photoplay edition but in any English-language translation; this edition appears to have been printed (except for the title page) from the plates of the first American edition, issued by Macy-Masius Inc. in 1927. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Devil with Women (Photoplay Title of Dust and Sun) [Photoplay Edition], Ripley, Clements
14 Ripley, Clements A Devil with Women (Photoplay Title of Dust and Sun) [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1929) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [general wear, bumping and light fraying at corners, front hinge just barely starting, title page torn at binding edge (about 1/3 up from bottom of page), one-time owner's signature and date on front pastedown, traces of erased pencil scribblings on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Photoplay Edition, issued to coincide with the release of the 1930 Fox film starring Victor McLaglen, as a soldier of fortune in Mexico, and a very young Humphrey Bogart (this was one of his first film roles). Illustrated with four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text); Bogart appears in one still, in a nifty tropical white suit. (NOTE that the cover and spine of the book bear the title "Dust and Sun," that being the original title of the novel, although the title page reads as noted in the main title entry.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Don Juan: A Story of the Greatest Lover of All Ages; Based on the Motion Picture Story, Sabastien, Inez
15 Sabastien, Inez Don Juan: A Story of the Greatest Lover of All Ages; Based on the Motion Picture Story
New York Jacobsen Publishing Company, Inc. (c.1926) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj 
[book a little shelfworn, but binding intact (more than one usually finds with these cheaply-produced volumes), one-time owner's signature and date on ffep; the jacket is mostly complete but is in three pieces, held together only by the mylar jacket cover]. (Warner Bros. Classics of the Screen) Series Novelization of the 1926 film starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor, the first full-length feature presented in Vitaphone -- in this instance used only to provide a synchronized musical score and sound effects, not yet spoken dialogue (that would have to wait about another year, for the appearance of "The Jazz Singer"). This "off-brand" photoplay edition series, published by Jacobsen (earlier Jacobsen-Hodgkinson) from 1925 to about 1928, was primarily issued in softcover, with selected titles also given hardcover printings; all the hardcover editions are exceedingly scarce, all the more so in jackets. (The softcover issues seem to have used the series title "Popular Plays and Screen Library," although this particular volume is designated as part of the "Warner Bros. Classics of the Screen" series.) Please note that unlike the Grosset & Dunlap and A.L. Burt photoplay editions, this volume contains no stills from the film; the rear jacket panel design, however, incorporates five small images. Also NOTE that no attempt has been made to repair or restore this dust jacket, i.e. there is no tape affixed, nor anything else that would prevent a proper restoration effort (and, as noted, the jacket is almost all there). 
Price: 300.00 USD
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King of the Jungle; photoplay title of The Lion's Way: A Story of Men and Lions [Photoplay Edition], Stoneham, C.T.
16 Stoneham, C.T. King of the Jungle; photoplay title of The Lion's Way: A Story of Men and Lions [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1933] (c.1931) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[book is somewhat worn, small dents in top edges of covers (one in each), frontispiece photo had apparently become detached at some point and was glued back in at a somewhat skewed angle, bookplate on front pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, with various tiny tears and minor creasing, about 1/2" paper loss at top of spine (taking away "King of" from the title)]. (four B&W film stills) A Tarzan knock-off in every way -- book and movie -- with Buster Crabbe, in the latter, portraying "Kanga," who was "a child reared by a lioness in Africa to become leader of a wild lion pack, imbued with all the characteristics of his terrible friends. Like Johnny Weissmuller, who beat him out for the part of Tarzan over at M-G-M, Crabbe had been an Olympic gold medalist in swimming. KING OF THE JUNGLE, released by Paramount in March 1933, was his first big break as an actor, and before the year was out he got to play Tarzan after all, in the Sol Lesser production TARZAN THE FEARLESS, released as both a feature film and a 12-chapter serial in August 1933. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Alice Adams [Photoplay Edition], Tarkington, Booth
17 Tarkington, Booth Alice Adams [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1935] (c.1921) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[light wear to cloth at extremities, very minor bumping to bottom corners, slight dust-soiling to top edge; jacket shows some wear (including a few tiny tears) along top and bottom edges, minimal paper loss at spine ends and a couple of corners, light soiling to spine]. Tarkington's classic novel of small-town American social anxiety and romantic awkwardness, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, and wonderfully filmed by George Stevens (with Katharine Hepburn) in 1935. This reprint, issued to coincide with the release of the film, has beautiful (uncredited) jacket art depicting Hepburn in a front porch swing, although the book itself, alas, contains no illustrations from the movie. (The heyday of the original "Photoplay Editions," most of which contained either four or eight stills, was over by the mid-1930s.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Arizona: A Romance of the Great Southwest [Photoplay Edition], Thomas, Augustus
18 Thomas, Augustus Arizona: A Romance of the Great Southwest [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1918] (c.1914) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, light spotting to exterior, cloth slightly wrinkled in a few spots, previous owner's "loaned by" stamp on rear pastedown and bottom page edges]. (B&W photographs) Photoplay Edition, issued to coincide with the release of the 1918 Douglas Fairbanks film; illustrated with eight stills from the film (frontispiece + 7 in text). It should be noted that this is not a novelization of the film, but rather (per the title page) was "made into a book from the play of the same name by Cyrus Townsend Brady"; the preface, by Brady, is dated October 1913. As Photoplay Editions go, this one is rather scarce. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Dishonored [Photoplay Edition], Vreeland, Frank
19 Vreeland, Frank Dishonored [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1931) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [nice bright copy, minor soiling to covers, faint vertical pucker in front cover (like it had been slightly bent at some point), light bumping to bottom corners]. (B&W photographs) A Grosset & Dunlap original (i.e., a true first edition), a novelization of the Josef von Sternberg film which starred Marlene Dietrich as an Austrian spy during World War I. Illustrated by six stills from the film, two of which are double-page spreads -- quite unusual for a G&D photoplay edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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David Harum: A Story of American Life [Photoplay Edition], Westcott, Edward Noyes
20 Westcott, Edward Noyes David Harum: A Story of American Life [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap [1938] (c.1898, 1926 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj 
[good solid book, moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, some mottling to cloth at and adjacent to spine, bookplate on ffep; jacket is very nice, with just a bit of wear at the extremities]. Photoplay Edition (sort of) for the 1934 Fox film starring Will Rogers, actually the second screen version (the first was in 1915) of this venerable piece of Americana, about a small-town banker and horse trader whose homespun sayings became part of the vernacular. (The character was based on a real person, David Hannum, who was said to have coined the statement "there's a sucker born every minute," although it was misattributed to P.T. Barnum when the two were at legal loggerheads over the Cardiff Giant (look it up) and remains associated with Barnum's name to this day.) [NOTE that this is considered a "photoplay edition" only by virtue of the obviously movie-inspired jacket art, although the titles listed on the rear panel ad date the jacket, at least, from 1938 -- four years after the release of the film, and three years after Rogers's death in a plane crash. NOTE also that unlike a typical photoplay edition, this book has no stills bound in.] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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