For the Sake of Shadows

By: Miller, Max

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Book Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

[book is lightly worn at corners and bottom edge, but still a solid and clean copy; jacket a bit rough, with some surface moisture damage to the front panel, uneven fading, a bit of paper loss at most corners, and a large chip at the base of the spine that extends into the bottom corner of the rear panel]. The author relates his screenwriting sojourn in Hollywood. A newspaper reporter and columnist based in San Diego, he was best known for his 1932 book "I Cover the Waterfront"; it was filmed twice, in 1933 and 1961, but apart from that he seems to have willingly kept his distance from the movie colony -- with the exception of the nine days or so at an unnamed studio (probably M-G-M) that provided him with the fodder for this book. He admits in the first few pages here that he's only in it for the prospect of some quick cash to pay for re-roofing his house and picking up a few new shirts; and for this largesse he has agreed to work up some kind of a scenario involving "a girl and a boy and the United States Coast Guard." (His only other known screen credit was for the story of the 1933 Paramount film HELL AND HIGH WATER, but that would appear to be unrelated to the assignment depicted in this book.) By the tone of his own account, he seems to have been temperamentally unsuited for either Hollywood itself (the town) or for the simultaneously intense and laid-back atmosphere of the movie studios; in any event, he doesn't seem to have worked very hard at any actual writing, although he has collected plenty of interesting anecdotes and observations about the daily life and routines of his fellow writers (none of which, rather annoyingly, does he choose to identify by name, although a clearly recognizable Frank Wead is depicted, and Irving S. Cobb makes a kind of cameo appearance at the beginning of the book, as Miller is given Cobb's old office to work in). Miller was a sort of West Coast Joseph Mitchell, you might say, with an "intimate, casual and perceptive style."

Title: For the Sake of Shadows

Author: Miller, Max

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj) Ancona

Categories: Cinema: Biography,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: [New York], E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1936

ISBN Number: NO

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

Seller ID: 20659

Keywords: Screenwriters Hollywood Writers