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On the set of 'Flamingo Road' reading the 1942 novel by Robert Wilder.





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Above Suspicion (novel, Helen MacInnes, 1941)

All the Brothers Were Valiant (novel, basis for Across to Singapore; Ben Ames Williams, 1919)

The Best of Everything (novel, Rona Jaffe, 1958)

The Caretakers (novel, Dariel Telfer, 1959)

Daisy Kenyon (novel, Elizabeth Janeway, 1945)

Dancing Lady (novel, James Warner Bellah, 1932)

Dream of Love (movie tie-in novelization)

The Duke Steps Out (novel, Lucian Cary, 1929)

Flamingo Road (novel, Robert Wilder, 1942)

The Gorgeous Hussy (novel, Samuel Hopkins Adams, 1934)

Grand Hotel (novel, Vicki Baum, 1929: German "Menschen Im Hotel")

Humoresque and Other Stories (Fannie Hurst, 1919)

Johnny Guitar (novel, Roy Chanslor, 1953)

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (movie tie-in novelization, unknown author, 1937)

Letty Lynton (novel, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1931)

Mildred Pierce (novel, James M. Cain, 1941)

Mildred Pierce (screenplay and essays, Albert J. LaValley, ed., 1980)

Montana Moon (movie tie-in novelization, Donald H. Clewton, 1930)

Not Too Narrow, Not Too Deep (novel, basis for Strange Cargo; Richard Sale, 1936)

Old Clothes (movie tie-in novelization, Willard Mack, 1925)

The Only Thing (novel, Elinor Glyn)

Our Blushing Brides (French movie tie-in: "Coeurs impatients." Simone Albinet, 1933)

Our Dancing Daughters (movie tie-in novelization, Winifred Van Duzer, 1928)

Our Modern Maidens (French movie tie-in)

Out of the Dark (novel, basis for film I Saw What You Did, Ursula Curtiss, 1964)

Paid (movie tie-in novelization, 1930)

The Queen Bee (novel, Edna Lee, 1949)

Rain and Other Stories (W. Somerset Maugham, 1921)

Sadie McKee (Spanish movie tie-in novelization)

The Shining Hour (Spanish movie tie-in novelization)

Spring Fever (French movie tie-in novelization)

The Story of Esther Costello (novel, Nicholas Monsarrat, 1953)

Sudden Fear (novel, Edna Sherry, 1948)

Twelve Miles Out (French novelization)

The Understanding Heart  (novel, Peter B. Kyne, 1926)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (novel, Henry Farrell, 1960)

When Ladies Meet  (Spanish novelization)

The Women: Mujeres (Spanish novelization of The Women, 1939)







Above Suspicion (movie tie-in ed. 1943, Triangle Books; 1945 paperback) Helen MacInnes


Movie Tie-In Description: 333 pages. Movie tie-in edition has photos from the film on the front cover.







1928 movie tie-in edition.All the Brothers Were Valiant (originally published 1919. US movie tie-in edition with new movie title, 1928, shown at left) Ben Ames Williams











US HC 1958UK HC 1959US PB, movie tie-in ed., 1959The Best of Everything (US HC 1958, Simon & Schuster; UK HC 1959, The Book Club; 1959 US PB, Pocket Books ) Rona Jaffe


Description: US HC 437 pages. (That's author Jaffe herself on the cover in front of NYC's Rockefeller Center.) UK HC 372 pages. The book was completed in 5 months and 5 days and 20th-Century Fox bought it before it was even edited. It made the NY Times best-seller list on 9/21/58, two weeks after publication.








The Caretakers (1959)  Dariel Telfer (Pictured above are 3 Signet paperback covers. Years unknown, but cover prices are 75 cents, 95 cents, and $2.25.)




1945 original HC.1947 movie tie-in HC.1947 movie tie-in PB.Daisy Kenyon: An Historical Novel 1940 - 1942 

(HC: 1945, Doubleday, Doran & Co.  PB: 1947, Pocket Books) Elizabeth Janeway


Description: 277 pages. From the jacket: "Three people, Daisy Kenyon, Dan O'Mara, and Peter Lapham, are trying to find happiness and a way of life in the confused world of this decade...Their story is told against a political and economic background where people and events that have become familiar pass in review while Daisy struggles to rationalize problems brought about by her attachment to the two men."




Dancing Lady (1932, NY: Farrar & Rinehart)  James Warner Bellah

Also serialized in the Saturday Evening Post (v. 204, nos. 44-49) over 6 weeks, from 4/30/32 thru 6/4/32.

















Movie tie-in edition.Dream of Love












The Duke Steps Out (1929. Garden City, NY; Doubleday, Doran, & Co., 288 pp.) Lucian Cary

















       German paperback, 1975.


Flamingo Road (1942, Putnam's)  Robert Wilder







The Gorgeous Hussy (1934, Houghton Mifflin) Samuel Hopkins Adams

(Pictured: Left: 1934 Houghton Mifflin title page. Right: 1936 Grosset & Dunlap novelization cover.)





US novelization.


1958 Dell paperback.Grand Hotel (1929 German novel "Menschen Im Hotel"; published in U.S. as Grand Hotel in 1931 by Doubleday, Doran; US novelization 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap; US PB 1958, Dell) Vicki Baum


Description: The 1929 novel was the basis for the 1931 play and the 1932 movie.









1947 US movie tie-in edition.UK movie tie-in edition.Humoresque and Other Stories (originally published 1919; US movie tie-in edition, 1947)  Fannie Hurst










 US HC  1954  US PB  Foreword to US PB edition.  1960 French film novel.


Johnny Guitar (HC 1953 Simon & Schuster; PB 1954 Pocket Books; French film tie-in 1960) Roy Chanslor

 Description: US PB: 198 pages with brief intro by Joan accompanied by a line drawing of her (see photo above).





The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937 movie tie-in novelization)

















Spanish novelization.Danish movie tie-in novel. US movie tie-in edition.Letty Lynton (1931, Heinemann, NY)

Marie Belloc Lowndes

(Pictured: Movie tie-in novelizations from Spain, Denmark, US.)













Original 1941 ed.  Movie tie-in HC.  Signet PB.  1947 Penguin PB, 2nd printing.  Bantam paperback. Year unknown -- 70-ish?


Mildred Pierce (orig. pub. date 1941) James M. Cain


Links: The Complete Review MP page.





US softcover, 1980.Mildred Pierce screenplay (1980, Univ. of Wisconsin Press) Edited with an Introduction by Albert J. LaValley

Description: "A product of the Warner Brothers Film Library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this book offers students, researchers, and aficionados insights into individual films that have never before been possible. This screenplay is the final shooting version including revisions made during production."







Movie tie-in edition.Montana Moon (movie tie-in edition, 1930) Donald H. Clewton










UK HCPopular Library PBunknown paperbackNot Too Narrow, Not Too Deep (US HC 1936, Simon; UK HC, Cassell; US PB 1950, Popular Library) Richard Sale


Description: This is the novel that was the basis for the '40 film Strange Cargo. 1st PB edition is Popular Library #247.






Old Clothes (1925, Jacobsen-Hodgkinson) Willard Mack

 Description: Movie tie-in. Photos from the film on the front and back covers, with 3 b/w photos inside.










The Only Thing  Elinor Glyn




French movie tie-in.Our Blushing Brides  (1933, Jules Tallandier--France)  Simone Albinet

 Description:  96-page movie tie-in, with 30 photos inside.










HCHC illustrated edition.Our Dancing Daughters (1928 movie tie-in novelization, Grosset & Dunlap) Winifred Van Duzer

Description: 211 pages. Based on the photoplay by Josephine Lovett and illustrated with scenes from the MGM Picture.
Sample Text:
She stood close to the window, black-fringed gray eyes through which laughter often shimmered as light flutters in deep water now wide with delighted awe, gay lips parted, flattening her nose against the pane as a very little girl might have done.

Not that Diana Rand was not little. The distance from the sharp edges of the highest heels ever worn on Main street to the topmost curl at the crown of her arrogant young head measured exactly five feet. But when anyone ventured to address her as "Half Pint", "Small Change", or "Demi Tasse" she was likely to toss back "Be yourself! I'm nineteen, I guess!" Then she would flash her gamin grin and rush out to have another lift put on the high heels.



Our Modern Maidens (French movie tie-in)














1964 Ace paperback (front cover)1964 Ace paperback (back cover)Out of the Dark  (Basis for film I Saw What You Did. HC 1964, NY: Dodd, Mead & Co; PB 1964, Ace) Ursula Curtiss


















Paid (movie tie-in novelization, 1930)  Photoplay title of "Within the Law" by Bayard Veiller. Grosset & Dunlap. (Novelization by Marvin Dana and Veiller.)




US hardcover.US Bantam paperback.The Queen Bee (1949) Edna Lee

220 pgs. Originally serialized in 3 parts in Woman's Home Companion magazine, May - July 1949.

















1932 movie tie-in HC.Rain and Other Stories (1932, Grosset & Dunlap) W. Somerset Maugham


Description: (Photoplay edition) 302 pages. Originally published under the title "The Trembling of a Leaf" in 1921. 5.75" x 8" hardcover (orange cloth on boards) with dust jacket. The photoplay edition has a photo of Crawford on the back of the jacket and end-paper montages of b&w stills from the film.







Spanish novelization.The Shining Hour  (Spanish movie tie-in novelization)












Spanish novelization.  Sadie McKee  (Spanish movie tie-in novelization)

















Spring Fever (French movie tie-in novelization)















US Knopf HC.    US Knopf HC, 1953.

UK Cassell HC 1953.     UK movie tie-in 1957.

Corgi PB, 1956    Pan PB, 1966    Pan PB, 1972

The Story of Esther Costello

(1953, Knopf in US. 1953, Cassell in UK.) Nicholas Monsarrat Monsarrat book covers and info








Sudden Fear  (1948) Edna Sherry. Top row: US paperback 1952. 2nd row: France, Ditis, 1952, movie tie-in. And an Italian novelization.




Twelve Miles Out  (French movie tie-in novelization)





HC, 1960.Movie tie-in PB, 1962.Re-issue. Year, country unknown.What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

(Rinehart and Co. HC, 1960; Avon PB movie tie-in 1962) Henry Farrell


Description: HC has 245 pages.
Sample Text:
Blanche sat perfectly still, hunched slightly forward, staring after her. A wash of silence seemed to break over the house, causing the shadows to stir and pulse around her. Slowly, she reached out a hand to the wheel of her chair, thinking that if she went to the window and pulled back the drapes she would be able to see the night and the stars. And then, suddenly, she stopped, her body gripped with shock as the silence was shattered by the thunderous slam of Jane's door at the end of the hall. The whole house seemed to shout back in anger.

For a long moment Blanche was perfectly motionless, listening tensely for the silence to come back into the house, waiting for the thunderous slam of the door to stop reverberating against her strained and frightened nerves.



Spanish novelization.When Ladies Meet  (Spanish movie tie-in novelization)










The Women: Mujeres (1939)
Description: Softcover novella based on the film of the same name. This is from the Mexican release of the film and in Spanish. There are grainy black and white images on the pulp pages inside.



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