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New York: World Wide Publishing Co., [1929]. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; maroon cloth over flexible boards, with titles and designed stamped in gilt on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 190pp. Spine gilt slightly dulled, with a few tiny spots to upper text edge, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket has a few very tiny chips at spine ends (not affecting lettering) and corner tips, else a bright, Near Fine example of the scarce dustjacket, with superb wraparound artwork. The novelized version of the suspense/mystery play by Charles Bennett, which was first staged in London in February 1928. It closed after just 42 performances, and would likely have remained little more than a brief footnote to the career of Tallulah Bankhead, had Alfred Hitchcock not adapted it into what was touted as the first "all-talking" British film. The film was a hit, and put Hitchcock firmly on the path to becoming the "Master of Suspense." This book, issued in the U.S. as No.9 in the World Wide Edition series, was actually printed in Great Britain but bound by a company in Long Island. A superb copy of an early, uncommon Hitchcock film source.
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