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    Columbia Exhibitor Books (Columbia, 1940-41 & 1942-43). Hardbound Book and Softbound Book (12" X 19") and One Softbound (12" X 20") (Multiple Pages).
    We're as excited as the stated "Excitement in Entertainment" on the covers to offer these Columbia exhibitor books from the 1940-1941 season. It's very difficult to get both the regular "A" film book and the all important separate section on "Serials, Shorts, and Westerns!" with some of the best artwork ever to grace a campaign book. Of course, it's always fascinating to see projects proposed long before the ink was dry on the real contracts, with the intended works never being realized. For example, look at the gorgeous double page artwork with an inset photo of Cary Grant. Sam Briskin wooed Alfred Hitchcock, promising him star Cary Grant, to make a film called "Royal Mail." Imagine if that project had been filmed instead of the dubious Howards of Virginia , directed by Frank Lloyd in which Grant would eventually end. And what became of the film in the beautiful layout on There they Go Again with top artwork of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell? This edition also has great artwork of Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, Joan and Constance Bennett, and others. One of the rarer pieces in the book has to be the oversize, double page artwork on The Devil Said No with a spectacular art image of Boris Karloff. This of course, became The Devil Commands. The "Serials, Shorts and Westerns!" section has to be seen to be appreciated. Artwork on The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Charles Starrett, Buck Jones, and stunning fantasy images of proposed serials like The Return of the Spider, The Iron Claw, and others. The 1942-43 book unfolds to full 17" X 21" pages of great art and photos. There are pages of full color 3.5" X 5.5" photos of Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Jean Arthur, Humphrey Bogart, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Paul Muni, Rita Hayworth, and others. Inside are colorful ads for proposed projects like Defense Town with Humphrey Bogart, The Cover Girl with Rita Hayworth, Miss Grant Takes Richmond with Rita Hayworth (which wouldn't be filmed until 1949 by Columbia with Lucille Ball!), and many others. There is edge, spine, and cover wear to the hardbound 1940 book. The softbound serial section has only some faint smudges on the covers. The 1942 edition has folds, edge wear with tears and small missing paper on the covers. Fine/Very Fine.

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