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												The Kalmar Ruby Song Book by  et al  Ben Hecht
	 - First printing
			 - 1936
		 - from Passages Bookshop (SKU: 4536)

The Kalmar Ruby Song Book

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The Kalmar Ruby Song Book

by Kalmar, Bert & Harry Ruby, with Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley,Irving Berlin, Moss Hart, Ben Hecht, et al

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New York: Random House, 1936. First printing. (111) pp., 9.75 x 12.25 inches. Quarter-cloth and paper over boards. First edition.

Even toning to pages, light foxing to gutters and edges of pastedowns (and hinges of cloth spine), shelf wear to bottom edges of boards, still very good in a very good, lightly soiled jacket with small chips and closed tears to edges.

Words and music to eleven songs by the songwriting team of Kalmar and Ruby, who wrote for such stage and screen icons as the Marx Brothers and Eddie Cantor, and who were the subject of the 1950 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical Three Little Words, starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton. Two of the songs included (“Captain Spalding” and “The Musketeers”) appeared in the stage and film versions of the Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers.

Introducing and commenting on the songs are “reasonably accurate dissertations” by Ben Hecht, Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley, Irving Berlin, Moss Hart, Frankiln P. Adams, Marc Connelly, Nunnally Johnson, and James K. McGuinness.

An uncommon collection.


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The Kalmar Ruby Song Book
Kalmar, Bert & Harry Ruby, with Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley,Irving Berlin, Moss Hart, Ben Hecht, et al
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Passages Bookshop stocks fine, rare, and unusual books and graphic art, with a concentration on modern and contemporary literature and art (particularly poetry and the avant-garde), artist's books, fine printing, and the book arts. The successor to New York City's Bridge Bookshop (late 1980s), Passages opened in Albuquerque in 1994 and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1997. In November of 2015 we moved to a new retail shop and gallery centrally located in Portland's east side, two blocks north of the convention center, where we are typically open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment or chance. Proprietor: David Abel,


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