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MUSE, Clarence and David Arlen
Way Down South
Hollywood, California: David Graham Fisher, 1932. Hardcover. Fine. First edition. Quarto. Woodcut illustrations by Blanding Sloan. Ribbon-tied illustrated cardcovers. Light wear to the extremities, tiny chip to the corner of one page else fine. Issued without dustwrapper. One of 1000 numbered copies Signed by the author. Film director George Cukor's copy with his bookplate. A novel co-written by African-American actor Muse, with splendid woodcut illustrations. Muse had an exceptionally long movie career appearing in well over a hundred movies from 1929 until his death in 1979. While opportunities for black actors were scant in Hollywood, he managed to appear in such films as *Dirigible*, *Flying Down to Rio*, *Double Indemnity*, *Huckleberry Finn*, *The Wrecker*, *The Count of Monte Cristo*, *Show Boat*, *Love Crazy*, *Watch on the Rhine*, *Heaven Can Wait*, *The Lost Weekend*, *God is My Co-Pilot* and, even in that classic of celluloid *Car Wash*. He also appeared as Sam in the short-lived television series *Casablanca*. He was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1973, and is generally considered to be the first African-American to "star" in a Hollywood film. This novel was produced as a film in 1939 with a script co-written by Muse and Langston Hughes. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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