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It’s a Novel Idea Continued

If you enjoyed having a look back at how movie tie ins were marketed through your local book shops,( Novel Idea part 1) here’s another dose of just what was available to the reading public to sit down and discuss just how the novel differed from the feature motion picture.

I do believe that is Sir Larry front and center collecting another pay check. Robert Duvall fans note the acting great in the bottom left corner.

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Gracing the front of Sorcerer is a shot of that film’s great imagery as the four men attempt to get their trucks across that swaying bridge. Careful with the explosives Roy.

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A classic gets the sequel treatment minus far too many of the original film’s people. But that’s an awesome image on this pocket novel.

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Here’s a box office bomb I’ve yet to see with Peter Finch taking the center stage.

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Proof positive that Richard Brooks’ name had marquee value.

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Here’s a couple of titles that I saw repeatedly as a kid.

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I had no idea that there were novelizations of these iconic Eastwood spaghetti efforts from Sergio Leone.

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Mercenary movies? This one just might be the best. Maybe I should give the novel a try.

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How about a novel about the making of a “classic.” De Laurentiis style.

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Until the next entry…….

2 Comments »

  1. Hm. The cover to Jaws 2 is a bit . . . symbolic, doncha think?

    You’ve not missed a whole bucketload of goodness through having failed to see the 1972 Lost Horizon remake. It’s one of those movies that’s not out-and-out dreadful, just ill conceived — and even more laughably so when watched beside the perfectly okay original.

    It’s startling that Warner commissioned a novelization of the remake Sorcerer when they could simply have reissued (even if that involved commissioning a translation) the novel upon which Clouzot’s original was based, Georges Arnaud’s Le Salaire de la Peur (1950).

    Anyway, a very interesting post. I wish the movie companies would get back into commissioning novelizations — specifically, commissioning them from me. 🙂

    • I have a TCM copy of Lost Horizon remake but just haven’t put it on yet. Not sure if and when I ever will. Good point about Sorcerer. I used to love seeing actors I followed as a kid showing up on the covers of novels. Created some excitement. Now I just snap a pic if I spot some at a flea market or book shop. If I happen to bump into any movie execs I’ll mention your name.

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