Brooklyn Orchid

N.p. N.p., Circa 1941. Draft script for the 1942 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.

The first of Hal Roach's three "McGuerin Family" Streamliners (featurette comedy films that were longer than a short subject but shorter than a feature film), directed by Kurt Neumann, and starring Bendix, Grace Bradley, and Joe Sawyer. Followed by "The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942) and "Taxi, Mister" (1943). "Brooklyn Orchid" beauty pageant winner, Lucy Gibbs, angry at being saved from a suicide attempt by cabbies, Tim and Eddie, follows them and their wives to a mountain resort.

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. 70 leaves, with last page of text numbered 69. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, leather binding Near Fine.


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