Signed The Good Die Poor, Hollywood Association
[Signed, Hollywood Association] Clune, Henry W. The Good Die Poor. First Edition. 1937. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is inscribed, “To Charles Penney, Warner’s bought the book, and cast Bette Davis and E.G. Robinson in the movie—but never made the movie, Henry W. Clune.” Laid in is a copy of a letter from Charles Penney thanking Clune for hosting him and for signing this book.
The protagonist in this potboiler is a reporter who seeks to gain wealth and power but finds that he is powerless against the women in his life. In the proposed Warner film, Edward G. Robinson undoubtedly was to play the reporter. The question is whether Bette Davis was to portray “his silly wife who believes him a paragon of virtue” or “his gold-digging girlfriend.”