Thursday, April 22, 2010

Movie Editions: The Glass Key


I'm doing my part for Earth Day by featuring a book with a green cover. This Grosset & Dunlap edition celebrates the second film version of The Glass Key, in 1942. The first  version, a movie I've never seen, was released in 1935 with George Raft as Ed (not Ned) Beaumont and Edward (one-time Nero Wolfe) Arnold as Paul Madvig.


(I chose this lobby card just for you, Bill.)
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12 comments:

Richard Prosch said...

Odd photo choice for the book cover. Both of Veronica Lake's eyes are visible.

Richard R. said...

That lobby card could have been for me, too. Oh, Veronica... wow wow wow. As to the book cover, I prefer the non-movie edition.

Evan Lewis said...

True, Rich, though I find both eyes quite acceptable.

That Veronica Lake card has sold at auction for as much as $1200. Yikes! Luckily, I got mine 20 years ago when it was affordable.

Deka Black said...

Actually, i have readed the original story only yesterday! Sadly, today we don't have the chance to see many women like Veronica Lake.

David Cranmer said...

Maybe, its just me but Veronica Lake is a timeless beauty. And Ladd had that brooding cool that would fit in well today.

Evan Lewis said...

We know it ain't just you and Richard, David. The guy who laid out 1200 bucks for that lobby card must like her too (not to mention the other bidders who drove him to pay that much).

pattinase (abbott) said...

That book cover certainly does not spell noir. It all looks quite prosaic.

Evan Lewis said...

True, Patti. No sign of conflict here, or even the romantic triangle.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

The key window in the bottom one is a modern style. I thought the real glass key was one of the old style jailer's keys. No big deal, and add me to the lust for Veronica list.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

On second look, all the keys are modern. I have a feeling that is wrong.

Evan Lewis said...

Got you down, Cap'n.

Kenneth Mark Hoover said...

Man, I just love Veronica Lake. :)