Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Ad of the Week: RASCAL (1963)

February 6, 1964

by Sterling North
E.P. Dutton & Co., 1963

Sterling North's novel became the Walt Disney production RASCAL (1969) directed by Norman Tokar and starring Steve Forrest, Pamela Toll, Elsa Lanchester, Henry Jones, Bettye Ackerman, Jonathan Daly and John Fiedler, with Billy Mumy as the young Sterling North and Walter Pidgeon narrating as the older Sterling North.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Ad of the Week: TEN PLUS ONE (1963)

September 12, 1963

Ten Plus One
by Ed McBain
Simon & Schuster, 1963

The seventeenth novel in Ed McBain's popular 87th Precinct series became the Philippe Labro film SANS MOBILE APPARENT/WITHOUT APPARENT MOTIVE (1971), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sanda, Stéphane Audran, Laura Antonelli and Jean-Pierre Marielle. It was released in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox dubbed, with a PG rating.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: CITY PRIMEVAL

September 19, 1980

City Primeval
by Elmore Leonard
Arbor House, 1980

A number of films have been made from Elmore Leonard's novels and short stories, beginning with THE TALL T and 3:10 TO YUMA in 1957, but the major motion picture based on City Primeval has yet to be produced. However, lead character Raymond Cruz makes an appearance in another Leonard novel, Out of Sight, and is played by Paul Calderon in Steven Soderbergh's 1998 film adaptation.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE DAY BEFORE SUNRISE (1976)

May 2, 1976

The Day Before Sunrise
by Thomas Wiseman
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1976

Thomas Wiseman's novel The Romantic Englishwoman became the Joseph Losey film of the same name, but a major motion picture based on The Day Before Sunrise was never produced.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: HARRY S. TRUMAN (1974)

January 2, 1974

Harry S. Truman
by Margaret Truman
William Morrow & Co., 1972

This biography of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, was written by his daughter Margaret Truman, later a successful author of mystery novels. The major motion picture was never made.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE SURVIVOR (1980)

September 28, 1980

The Survivor
by Jack Eisner
William Morrow & Co., 1980

Jack Eisner's autobiography The Survivor became the 1985 Moshé Mizrahi film WAR AND LOVE, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Sebastian Keneas, and David Spielberg.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE SUMMER THAT BLED (1973)

May 21, 1973

The Summer That Bled
by Anthony Masters
St. Martin's Press, 1972

This non-fiction account of the life and death of Hannah Senesh was never adapted into a major motion picture. However, Yoel Palgi's books The Diaries Of Hanna Senesh and A Great Wind Cometh were the basis for the 1988 film HANNA'S WAR, directed by Menahem Golan and starring Maruschka Detmers, Ellen Burstyn and Donald Pleasence.