They Shoot Horses, Don't They

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1935. First Edition. INSCRIBED in the year of publication by the author to legendary film director Tod Browning: "To Tod Browning / with admiration / Horace McCoy / Hollywood, August, 1935."

A wonderful association. Horace McCoy was a Hollywood screenwriter in 1935, and at the same time Tod Browning was making one of his last films, Mark of the Vampire. But it is just as likely that the two men met at one Los Angeles’ infamous dance marathons, where McCoy worked as a bouncer prior to his career as a writers, and where Tod Browning was known to attend as a spectator.

Browning is responsible for some of the greatest early horror films from the Hollywood studios, including "Dracula" (1931), "Freaks" (1932), "The Devil Doll" (1936) and "The Unholy Three" (1925).

McCoy's first book, considered a hard-boiled proletarian classic, basis for the 1969 Sydney Pollack film, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York and Gig Young, who won an Oscar for his role as the dance marathon promoter.

Near Fine in a lovely, Near Fine dust jacket, with just a touch of restoration to the corners.

In a quarter-leather custom clamshell box.

Hanna 2287.

[Book #147369]

Price: $12,500.00