The Best of Everything
Books Related to Joan Movies
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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)
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)
The Shining Hour (Spanish novelization)
Spring Fever (French movie tie-in)
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)
Movie Tie-In Description: 333 pages. Movie tie-in edition has photos from the film on the front cover.
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.)
(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."
Also serialized in the Saturday Evening Post (v. 204, nos. 44-49) over 6 weeks, from 4/30/32 thru 6/4/32.
The Duke Steps Out (1929. Garden City, NY; Doubleday, Doran, & Co., 288 pp.) Lucian Cary
Flamingo Road (1942, Putnam's) Robert Wilder
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.
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).
Mildred Pierce (orig. pub. date 1941) James M. Cain
Links: The Complete Review MP page.
"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."
Description: This is the novel that was the basis for the '40 film Strange Cargo. 1st PB edition is Popular Library #247.
Description: Movie tie-in. Photos from the film on the front and back covers, with 3 b/w photos inside.
Description: 96-page movie tie-in, with 30 photos inside.
Description: 211 pages. Based on the photoplay by Josephine Lovett and
illustrated with scenes from the MGM Picture.
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.
Paid (movie tie-in novelization, 1930) Photoplay title of "Within the Law" by Bayard Veiller. Grosset & Dunlap. (Novelization by Marvin Dana and Veiller.)
220 pgs. Originally serialized in 3 parts in Woman's Home Companion magazine, May - July 1949.
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.
The Story of Esther Costello
(1953, Knopf in US. 1953, Cassell in UK.) Nicholas Monsarrat
bearalley.blogspot.com 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.
(Rinehart and Co. HC, 1960; Avon PB movie tie-in 1962)
Description: HC has
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.
The Women: Mujeres (1939)
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