DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) Pressbook


Noel Coward (source), Ben Hecht (screenwriter) Vintage original 17 x 11″ (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA. Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, dir: Ernst Lubitsch; Paramount. 34 pp., along with advertising supplement, 32 pp. Pressbook unfolded, supplement folded once (as issued), both with some wear to spine of wrappers, overall NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD or better wrappers.

Although the film was still issued in the pre-Code era, Paramount clearly anticipated censorship problems with Coward’s then-daring play about a menage-a-trois household, and hence assigned Ben Hecht the job of heavily sanitizing Coward’s work for the screen. The pressbook is in itself an exceedingly scarce book, and even moreso when offered with the voluminous supplement. The OCLC does not list any known copies of either the book or the supplement.


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