The Star of Midnight.

Roche, Arthur Somers.

Published by New York. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1936., 1936
From Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books (Holliston, MA, U.S.A.)

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First Edition. With matching dates of 1936 on the title and copyright pages. Basis for the movie staring William Powell as Clay Dalzell; Ginger Rogers as Donna Mantin. Also performed as a play. Star of Midnight (1935 movie). "The new film at the Music Hall is in the tradition of urbane screen homicide originated by "The Thin Man," that distinguished exponent of the murder-with-a-smile school of cinema criminology. A sleek, witty and engaging entertainment, it contemplates its corpses with the charming air of just passing the time pleasantly until the bar opens. Probably William Powell, as the debonair lawyer-sleuth of the late Arthur Somers Roche's story, is responsible for making "Star of Midnight" seem like a sequel to "The Thin Man," when its producers had no such reckless intention. His Clay Dalzell is drawn to the Nick Charles measurements and he conducts his pursuit of cocktails and assassins with that blend of bored nonchalance and native shrewdness which we found so captivating last year.-- Review by Andre Sennwald, April 12, 1935. The book is in superb condition in the original dustjacket with its original price of $2.00 intact at the top of the inside front flap. Bound in gleaming finely woven black cloth boards stamped brightly in orange ink on the front boards and the spine. With light orange topstaining. The hinges are tight; book is clean and apparently unread. The striking dustjacket features an elegant couple in evening dress stepping out for a night on the town.The dustjacket has light edge-rubbing and wear to the folds. There is some apparent oxidation to the lamination on the bottom half of the dustjacket spine, creating a light gray mottling to the paper. With a 1/2" piece of the laminate flecked off, revealing the black paper beneath at the middle of the spine. Otherwise, a scarce, well-preserved book and dustjacket from 1936. The basis for the William Powell and Ginger Rogers movie. Very scarce in dustjacket. First Edition. With matching dates of 1936 on the title and copyright pages. Bookseller Inventory # 7065

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Title: The Star of Midnight.

Publisher: New York. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1936.

Publication Date: 1936

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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