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Lot 118. Max Gordon. (1892-1978). American theatre and film producer. His credits included My Sister Eileen, which he produced both on stage and on film. Born Mechel Salpeter, Gordon was the youngest son of immigrants from Poland. In Depression-era New York, Gordon became one of New York’s most successful producers. He discovered Judy Holliday. His reputation during this era was immortalized in Cole Porter’s song ""Anything Goes"" from the musical of the same name: ""When Rockefeller still can hoard enough money to let Max Gordon produce his shows--Anything goes!""

Signed book: ‘Max Gordon Presents.’ By Max Gordon in association with Lewis Funke. Hard cover, 6x9, jacket with $4.95 price intact. Illustrated. New York: Random House, 1963. 314 pages, indexed. Stated first printing. Inscribed on front free endpaper to Groucho Marx, "To Groucho. No time for Comedy. My love & respect for you knows no bounds. Max Salpeter."

In this candid autobiography, Gordon gives intimate recollections of Jerome Kern, Noel Coward, and Moss Hart. Groucho Marx is mentioned several times in his book as well as Judy Garland. On black Thursday, October 29, 1929, Max who had worked with the Marx Brothers and got Groucho into the market, Max uttered the immortal words: ""Marx, the jig is up."" Groucho had insomnia ever after. Gordon produced two Marx Brothers pictures, Horse Feathers and Monkey Business. A great association copy. Jacket rubbed along edges, some abrasion to front and rear cover, otherwise very good.

MB. $50. Est. $250

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