New York: Grosset & Dunlap. Very Good+ in Good dj. 1930. 2nd printing (stated). Hardcover. [ex-rental library book (Cambridge Libraries) with rental terms label on ffep ("If You Like This Book Buy It!") but no other markings; spine slightly turned, light wear to bottom extremities; jacket edgeworn, bottom one-third of spine is missing, split at bottom of both foldovers, miscellaneous creasing]. (4 B&W film stills) Novel about a "girl on her own in New York, working to live and living to marry -- for love, money or both. She is level-headed and she knows what she wants...from life: romance and beauty, position and wealth. Coolly and confidently she determined to have them." The movie version, released by Warner Bros. in 1931, starred Constance Bennett as the determined dame and Richard Bennett (her real-life father) as her "special friend," who turns out to be her father. (No, no, it's not really as creepy as it sounds. Or maybe it is; I haven't actually seen the movie.) Some sources indicate that the movie added a "!" to the title, as does this jacket design; whether the movie warranted that extra bit of excitement, again, I can't say. Rather unusually for a photoplay edition, this jacket features a still from the film on the rear jacket panel, a shot of Constance Bennett being pawed by a young Ray Milland (early enough in his career that he was still being billed as "Raymond"). . (Inventory #: 23609)
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