The Public Enemy. Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay: A First National Picture

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. First Edition. Bookplate on the front free endpaper; a very good copy in a dust jacket with very light wear and tear. This novelization appends a glossary of gangster vocabulary. Preceded by Little Caesar and followed by Scarface, this early talkie gangster picture still shocks at the breakfast scene in which Cagney cruelly and unexpectedly shoves a grapefruit into Mae Clarke’s face. The implied sex and brutal violence portrayed in these films was possible prior to the establishment of the Hays office and its strict code. In our experience, this is one of the scarcest photoplay editions. Its authors were from Chicago and had firsthand gangland knowledge. Strip the sentimentality and sappiness out of the film, and what’s left is a raw story of crime seldom repeated in Hollywood for decades to come.

[Book #35165P]

Price: $1,750.00