The Show-Off. William Almon WOLFF, George KELLY.

The Show-Off. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1924.

First Edition. Charles Buckles Falls dustjacket art. Based on the play by George Kelly. "Aubrey Piper was a clerk in a railroad office, earning thirty-two dollars a week, but to hear him talk you'd have thought he was head of the freight department. He wore white vests and patent-leather shoes, wing collars and bow ties, and a flower in his button-hole, and strutted, and frequently looked in the mirror. He believed the only way for a fellow to get along was to try to make an impression." A very successful Broadway comedy that made George Kelly's career. Basis for three films; a 1926 adaptation featuring Louise Brooks and Ford Sterling; a 1934 Charles Reisner directed feature re-scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz and featuring Spencer Tracy; and a 1946 Harry Beaumont directed film with Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell. Very uncommon as a true first edition, and not the more oft found Grosset and Dunlap printing. Near Fine but for contemporary owner's address stamp at front pastedown, in Very Good dustjacket, chipped at spine ends and flap corners, foxing and soiling to panels.

Price: $500.00

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