New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. First Edition. Photoplay edition for the seminal pre-code gangster movie set in Chicago, and the vehicle which catapulted James Cagney to stardom. Cagney's character was based on real-life Chicago gangster Earle "Hymie" Weiss and bootlegger Charles "Deanie" O'Banion. The screenplay, based on Glasmon and Bright's novel 'Beer and Blood,' received the film's only Academy Award nomination. An important film source title, and quite scarce in dustjacket. Hubin, p.170. Item #1613
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front panel; bright green topstain; dustjacket; 280,pp; illustrated with four black & white plates reproducing stills from the movie. Slight forward lean, with a single tiny spot to right edge of textblock; Near Fine. Dustjacket is worn overall, with shallow loss at spine ends and corners (affecting part of publisher's name and part of the 'P' in 'Public'); tears at upper rear joint and flap fold, with some faint moisture stains on spine and rear panel, and a small rubbed spot at front panel; substantially complete - Good to Very Good.