Fall Guy / I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes

Hacienda Heights, CA: Monogram Pictures, 1947-1948. Original pressbooks for these two key films noir produced by the Poverty Row studio Monogram in the late 1940s, both based on stories by Cornell Woolrich. The first, "Fall Guy," is based on one of the great Woolrich pulp stories, "Cocaine," and the second on his 1943 novella from the collection of the same name published by Lippincott. Woolrich's name is prominently noted on the front wrapper of both pressbooks, and noted screenwriter-novelist Steve Fisher is credited on the front wrapper of "I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes." When writing this particular screenplay, Fisher famously called Woolrich from a payphone when trying to interpret the author's bizarre ending, and Woolrich replied that he had no idea what it meant either. Fisher ultimately used his own ending, with the author's blessing.

Both pressbooks in saddle-stitched wrappers, 4 pages, 12 x 17 inches, each Near Fine with a faint horizontal crease at the center and with a tiny numeric stamp to the front wrapper of "Fall Guy."

Okuda 515, 556. Selby (1984) 127, 192. Silver, p. 99-100, 144.


[Book #122116]

Price: $450.00