Nobody Lives Forever

By: Burnett, W.R.

Price: $175.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[attractive copy with light shelfwear to bottom edge, vintage price sticker on rear pastedown; jacket shows some wear at spine ends, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom of rear panel]. "The adventures of a big-time swindler, who starts a carefully organized campaign to swindle a rich, unworldly widow and becomes entangled in a tragic situation impossible to foresee." Basis for the 1946 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald. The film had a long gestation period: an original Burnett story by that title (although it's not clear that the plot was the same) was purchased by Warner Bros. in August 1941, and its upcoming production was announced to star Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. According to Robin Smiley ("Firsts," January 2002), Burnett had finished the screenplay for the planned film by mid-1943, well before the book itself hit the shelves, and production was completed on the film in late 1944 by director Jean Negulesco, although "for some unknown reason" (Smiley) the studio didn't deign to release it until late 1946, purportedly after Garfield's star had ascended a bit after the success of MGM's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. (There may be more to the delay than that, however; some deeper research is clearly called for.)

Title: Nobody Lives Forever

Author: Burnett, W.R.

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj design) Gene Allen

Categories: Fiction: Mystery/Detective,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1943

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj

Seller ID: 21909

Keywords: Hard-boiled Movie Source