A Plea and a Play (Signed)
Hollywood, California, The Hollywood Spectator, 1939. First Edition. Paperback. Softcover in stiff wrappers. 16mo. First printing. SIGNED by Beaton and inscribed to Allan Hersholt, "With the author's best wishes," and dated March 20,1939. Near Fine condition, with light discoloration at edges of blue wraps. Beaton was the publisher and editor of The Film Spectator and author of "The City That Made Itself" (1914), about Seattle. He was also a noted critic of his day. Allan Hersholt was the son of Jean Hersholt, namesake for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award given each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Allen was in one movie, Clifford Smith 's "The Adventures of Frank Merriwell" (1936). The book has two parts: A Plea, which is "a brief for less dialogue in screen productions as the only method of reviving film box-offices before they are talked to death," and The Play, "a demonstration of the manner in which excessive dialogue can be avoided, a complete screen play written for the camera, containing only 162 speeches which need be recorded." 92 pp. Near Fine .
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