The Life and Adventures of Carl Laemmle

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1931.

Price: $475.00

Hardcover. First edition. Foreword by Will H. Hays. Fine in a chipped, fair only dustwrapper. This copy Inscribed by the subject of the book using a full page: "To my friend Meyer Schine – one of the (word obscured) exhibitors I know ok – and a darn nice fellow. Sincerely Carl Laemmle. Universal City, Cal. 7/21/32." Schine operated a number of movie and vaudeville theatres, his vast holdings were sold in 1966 to Countrywide Theaters Inc. The world premier of *Drums Along the Mohawk* was held at his flagship theatre, the Glove Theatre. Carl Laemmle, a German immigrant, bought his first nickelodeon in 1906. In 1909 he made his first production. While other studios kept their actors anonymous in order to keep their pay low, Laemmle created Hollywood's star system by promoting his actors by name. He formed Universal Studios, employing over 70 relatives there, most famously his young son Carl, Jr. as head of production. At the time of this inscription both Laemmles were riding high on the dual success of *Dracula* and *Frankenstein*. Budget excesses forced the elder Laemmle to sell the studio in 1935, four years before his death.

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