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From Book Store to Box Office: Famous Books on the Silver Screen
Booklists for Adults

Allen, Hervey. ANTHONY ADVERSE.
The adventures of an ambitious young man in early 19th-century America. A 1936 film starring Olivia de Havilland and Fredric March.

Anderson, Maxwell. KEY LARGO.
A returning war veteran fights gangsters on the Florida keys. A 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart.

Axelrod, George. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH: A ROMANTIC COMEDY.
A married man has daydreams about the girl upstairs. A 1955 film starring Marilyn Monroe and
Tom Ewell.

Barry, Philip. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.
A stuffy heiress about to be married for the second time finally softens and returns to husband number one. A 1940 film starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart.

Baum, Frank. THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Dorothy runs away to adventures in a fantasy land and learns that happiness can be found in one's own back yard. A 1939 film starring Judy Garland.

Baum, Vicki. GRAND HOTEL.
The lives of various hotel guests become entwined. A 1932 film starring Wallace Beery and Joan Crawford.

Bloch, Robert. PSYCHO.
At a lonely motel horrible murders take place. A 1960 film starring Anthony Perkins.

Boulle, Pierre. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.
British POWs in Burma are employed by their captors to build a bridge. A 1957 film starring Alec
Guinness.

Brand, Max. DESTRY RIDES AGAIN.
A mild-mannered sheriff finally gets upset and straps on his gun. A 1939 film starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart.

Cain, James M. MILDRED PIERCE.
A dowdy housewife breaks free only to suffer more because of an ungrateful daughter. A 1945 film starring Joan Crawford.

Ferber, Edna. GIANT.
The life of a brawling Texas cattle rancher through two generations. A 1956 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean.

Finney, Jack. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.
Aliens threaten to take over by replacing people with pod-grown duplicates. A 1956 film starring Dana Wynter, and a 1978 film starring Donald Sutherland.

George, Peter. DR. STRANGELOVE.
A mad USAF general launches a nuclear attack on Russia. 1964 film starring Peter Sellers in several roles.

Hammett, Dashiell. THE MALTESE FALCON.
Private eye Sam Spade looks for a priceless statuette. A 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart.

Hayes, Joseph. DESPERATE HOURS.
Three escaped convicts take over a suburban house. A 1955 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March.

Hellman, Lillian. THE LITTLE FOXES: A PLAY.
A family of schemers in post-Civil War days will stop at nothing to outwit each other. A 1941 film
starring Bette Davis.

Hobson, Laura Keane Zametkin. GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT.
A journalist poses as a Jew in order to write about anti-semitism. A 1947 film starring Gregory Peck.

Kaufman, George S. DINNER AT EIGHT: A PLAY.
Guests at a society dinner party  find themselves in dramatic circumstances. A 1933 film starring Wallace Beery and John Barrymore.

Sabatini, Rafael. CAPTAIN BLOOD, HIS ODYSSEY.
A young British surgeon wrongly condemned escapes and becomes a pirate. A 1935 film starring Errol Flynn.

Shellabarger, Samuel. CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE.
A young 15th-century Spaniard hopes for fame and fortune in the New World. A 1947 film starring Tyrone Power.

Sherwood, Robert E. THE PETRIFIED FOREST.
Travelers at an Arizona waystation are held up by gangsters. A 1936 film starring Humphrey Bogart.

Smith, Eleanor Furneaux, Lady. THE MAN IN GREY.
In Regency times a girl's love for her less fortunate friend leads to treachery. A 1943 film starring
James Mason.

Tarkington, Booth. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS.
A wealthy family rises and falls. A 1942 film starring Orson Welles.

Traven, B. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE.
Three gold prospectors come to grief through greed. A 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston.

Wilson, Sloan. THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT.
A young Madison Ave. executive must face his past and his family. A 1956 film starring Gregory Peck.

Wouk, Herman. THE CAINE MUTINY: A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR II.
Jealousies and frustrations on a peacetime destroyer come to a head when a neurotic captain
loses his nerve in a typhoon. A 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart.

Wren, Percival Christopher. BEAU GESTE.
Three English brothers join the French foreign legion. A 1939 film starring Gary Cooper, Robert Preston, and Ray Milland.

Compiled by Elisa Birdseye-Clark, General Library Adult Services, 1992.