Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE LAST OF THE JUST (1960)

November 10, 1960

The Last of the Just
by André Schwarz-Bart
Atheneum, 1960

Published in France as Le Dernier des Justes in 1959, this epic novel earned its author the Prix Goncourt but was never adapted into a film by Jules Dassin or any other filmmaker.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE CHRISTMAS TREE (1969)

September 28, 1969

The Christmas Tree
by Michel Bataille
William Morrow & Co., 1969

Michel Bataille's novel The Christmas Tree, translated from French by Harold J. Salemson, became the 1969 movie THE CHRISTMAS TREE (a.k.a. WHEN WOLVES CRY), directed by Terence Young and starring William Holden, Virna Lisi, and Bourvil.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE WILBY CONSPIRACY (1974)

March 27, 1974

The Wilby Conspiracy
by Peter Driscoll
J. B. Lippincott Co., 1972

Peter Driscoll's novel became the film THE WILBY CONSPIRACY (1975), directed by Ralph Nelson and starring Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Prunella Gee, Saeed Jaffrey, Persis Khambatta, and Rutger Hauer.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: ARMAGEDDON (1964)

September 27, 1964

by Leon Uris
Doubleday, 1964

Leon Uris' novels became the movies BATTLE CRY (1955), THE ANGRY HILLS (1959), EXODUS (1960), TOPAZ (1969), and the TV mini-series QB VII (1974), but an adaptation of Armageddon was never produced.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Books Into Films: "Big Investments in Story Values Which Have Not Yet Been Filmed" - Variety, 5/9/73

Torn from the pages of Variety -- literally! -- here's another great "Books Into Film" post from William Wilson of Video Junkie Strikes Back from Beyond the Grave!

(Variety, May 9, 1973)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: ADDIE PRAY (1971)

August 26, 1971

Addie Pray
by Joe David Brown
Simon and Schuster, 1971

Joe David Brown's novel was the basis for Peter Bogdanovich's film PAPER MOON (1973), starring Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, and John Hillerman.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Books Into Films: Announced in the Trades, Part 2

A few months back, our friend William Wilson of Video Junkie Strikes Back from Beyond the Grave sent us the following Variety ads as a response to our first installment of Books Into Films: Announced in the Trades.

In the May 1984 Cannes Film Festival issue of Variety, United Film Distribution Company (UFDC) hyped a film adaptation of Felice Picano's 1975 thriller Eyes, starring Susan Sarandon. On the same page was an ad for a film adaptation of Susan Isaacs’ Compromising Positions, also starring Sarandon. EYES was never made, but UFDC honcho Salah M. Hassanein received executive producer on Frank Perry’s COMPROMISING POSITIONS (1985), produced for Paramount with Sarandon in the lead.

The classic film noir DETOUR (1945), starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage, was adapted by Martin M. Goldsmith from his own 1939 novel. A remake by Carl Shenkel was announced in the October 19, 1992 issue of Variety, but Shenkel’s project never came to fruition. However, a different adaptation of Goldsmith’s book the same year – written, produced and directed by Wade Williams and starring Tom Neal, Jr. (in the role his father played almost a half century earlier) – was produced the same year!

British author David Ambrose wrote the screenplays for such films as THE FIFTH MUSKETEER (1979), THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (1980) and D.A.R.Y.L. (1985), but never had much luck with film adaptations of his novels. Above is an ad from Armada Productions that advertises movies based on two of Ambrose’s novels, The Man Who Turned into Himself and Superstition, published in 1993 and 1997, respectively. Neither film was produced. (Variety date: May 6, 1996)

Finally, in the 1996 MIFED Film Market issue of Variety (October 21-27), Imperial Entertainment and producer Steve Perry hyped an adaptation of James Ellroy's 1982 novel Clandestine, but that too was never made.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: THE FAN CLUB (1974)

June 6, 1974

The Fan Club
by Irving Wallace
Simon and Schuster, 1974

Raquel Welch and a then-unknown Lynda Carter were both considered for the lead in the movie adaptation of Irving Wallace's bestseller, but the Lawrence Gordon production was never made.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: MISTER MOSES (1961)

May 2, 1961

Mister Moses
by Max Catto
William Morrow & Co., 1961

Max Catto's Mister Moses became the 1965 film of the same name, directed by Ronald Neame and starring Robert Mitchum, Carroll Baker, Ian Bannen, Alexander Knox, and Raymond St. Jacques. Other films based on Catto's novels include TRAPEZE (1956), FIRE DOWN BELOW (1957), SEVEN THIEVES (1960), THE DEVIL AT 4 O'CLOCK (1961) and MURPHY'S WAR (1971).

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: A DANDY IN ASPIC (1967)

October 15, 1967

A Dandy in Aspic
by Derek Marlowe
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966

Derek Marlowe's espionage thriller became the movie A DANDY IN ASPIC (1968), starring Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews, Peter Cook, Lionel Stander, Per Oscarsson, and Calvin Lockhart, with music by Quincy Jones. Producer-director Anthony Mann suffered a fatal heart attack on location in Berlin on April 29, 1967 and the film was completed by Harvey.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: SONS (1969)

July 13, 1979

by Evan Hunter
Doubleday, 1969

Evan Hunter a.k.a. Ed McBain (real name: Salvatore Lombino) wrote a number of screenplays -- including two for Alfred Hithcock -- and saw many of his novels adapted into movies, beginning with BLACKBOARD JUNGLE in 1955, but a major motion picture of his 1969 novel Sons was never produced.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: SILKY! (1979)

July 13, 1979

by Leo Rosten
Harper & Row, 1979

Leo Rosten wrote the original stories for the film noirs THE DARK CORNER (1946) and WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950), as well as the novels that SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948) and CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D. (1963) were based on, but the film adaptation of his 1979 private detective novel Silky! was never produced.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paperback Procession: The 'Soul Cinema' Edition, Part 2

Nothing But a Man
by Jim Thompson
Popular Library, 1970
Novelization of 1964 film

The Learning Tree
by Gordon Parks
Fawcett Crest, 1969
Movie tie-in

Watermelon Man
by Herman Raucher
Ace, 1970

The Landlord
by Kristin Hunter
Pan, 1970
U.K. movie tie-in

Cotton Comes to Harlem
by Chester Himes
Dell, 1970
Movie tie-in

Come Back, Charleston Blue
by Chester Himes
Berkley Medallion, 1972
The Heat's On movie tie-in

by Charlotte Ruth Miller
Avon, 1976
Novelization of 1974 film

Don't Play Us Cheap
by Melvin Van Peebles
Bantam, 1973
Movie tie-in of play
B&W photos

Five on the Black Hand Side
by Charlie L. Russell
The Third Press, 1973
Movie tie-in of play
B&W photos

by Arthur Stackman
Bantam, 1973

Man and Boy
by Harry Essex
Dell, 1971

by Richard Perry
Warner, 1976

by Edwin Corley
Avon, 1969
"Soon a major motion picture"

Masque of Honor
by Edward Linn and Jack Pearl
Macfadden-Bartell Corp., 1969
"Soon to be a major motion picture"

Up Your Banners
by Donald E. Westlake
Lancer, 1969
"Soon to be a motion picture"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: HOFFMAN (1969)

May 8, 1969

by Ernest Gebler
Doubleday, 1969

Ernest Gebler adapted his own novel for the 1971 film HOFFMAN, directed by Alvin Rakoff and starring Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack, Ruth Dunning and Jeremy Bulloch.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paperback Procession: The Spaghetti Western Edition, Part 2

Big thanks to Justin Marriott of The Paperback Fanatic for providing us with these U.K. book cover scans!

A Fistful of Dollars
by Frank Chandler [Terry Harknett]
Tandem, 1972 (British)
Novelization of 1964 film

For a Few Dollars More
by Joe Millard
Star, 1980 (British)

A Dollar to Die For
by Brian Fox [Todhunter Ballard]
Tandem, 1977 (British)
Original novel in a series

A Coffin Full of Dollars
by Joe Millard
Tandem, 1977 (British)
Original novel in a series

A Coffin Full of Dollars
by Joe Millard
Tandem, 1972 (British)
Original novel in a series

The Devil's Dollar Sign
by Joe Millard
Star, 1980 (British)
Original novel in a series

The Million Dollar Blood Hunt
by Joe Millard
Tandem, 1976 (British)
Original novel in a series

The Million Dollar Blood Hunt
by Joe Millard
Tandem, 1974 (British)
Original novel in a series

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: REPORT FROM ENGINE CO. 82 (1973)

January 14, 1973

Report from Engine Company
Co. 82
by Dennis Smith
McCall Books, 1972

The major motion picture was never produced.