Two Years Before the Mast

Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix (starring)
John Farrow (director)
Richard Henry Dana Jr. (book)
Seton I. Miller, George Bruce (screenwriters)

N.p. N.p., 1944. Draft script for the 1946 film, in maroon leather presentation binding belonging to William Bendix, with his name in gilt on front board, and title in gilt on spine.

William Bendix was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor who is best remembered as one of television's archetypal patriarchs, the blundering Chester A. Riley in "The Life of Riley," first on the 1944-1951 ABC and NBC radio serial, then in the 1949 film, directed by Irving Brecher, then finally in the 1953-1958 NBC television series. Bendix was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for his supporting role in the WWII drama "Wake Island," directed by John Farrow.

Based on the 1840 memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. Charles Stewart, the playboy son of a shipping magnate, is shanghaied aboard the "Pilgram," one of his father's ships, under the brutal command of Captain Thompson and his sadistic first mate Amazeen.

Maroon three quarter leather binding over brown leather boards with title in gilt on spine and William Bendix in gilt on lower right of front board with endpapers crediting BooKraft Hollywood. 162 leaves, with last page of text numbered L-27. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, leather binding Near Fine.

[Book #152853]