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    Signed by the Cast of the Film Passage to Marseille, Including Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Director Michael Curtiz, and the Author

    [Cast-Signed Book]. René Belbenoit [Prisoner No. 46635]. Dry Guillotine. Fifteen Years among the Living Dead. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., [1940]. Reprint. This book was one of the source books for the 1944 Warner Bros. film, Passage to Marseille, and was signed by the author (Belbenoit) and the cast on the front free endpaper. Belbenoit inscribes: "Avec mon meilleur souvenir/René Belbenoit/Aug. 1943". The cast members signatures are: Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Philip Dorn, George Tobias, Helmut Dantine, and the film's director, Michael Curtiz [Bogart, Rains, Lorre, and Curtiz had all worked together on the legendary film, Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942)]. Octavo. 345, [9, blank] pages. With twelve plates inserted throughout. Publisher's full blue cloth, front board lettered and stamped in black, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, dust jacket. Jacket spine sunned and chipped, tape repairs on verso, some wear and a few chips and creased tears to jacket panels, cloth spine toned, some rubbing and mild wear to binding. Still, a good copy. Now housed in custom-built quarter blue morocco clamshell case. From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.

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    This book, about the suffering and escape of an inmate of the infamous French penal colony, Devil's Island, was one of the source books for the 1944 film, Passage to Marseille (the other was Men Without Country by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, 1942, Little, Brown). The film was an attempt to recapture the enormous success of Casablanca, and had the same director, much of the original cast (Bogart, Rains, Lorre, as well as Sidney Greenstreet who has not signed), but did not fare as well at the box office.

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