London: Michael Joseph, 1974, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: Has he written any film scripts? asked Sir Michael Balcon when it was suggested that T. E. B. Clarke might join his staff at Baling Studios. The reply No, but he has lived plenty gained Tibby Glarke the job, and his original screenplays were largely responsible for giving Baling comedies a chapter of their own in the history of the cinema. Here he admits us to the fascinating background of such award-winning successes as Hue and Cry, Passport to Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt. But films, as Balcon was told, have been only half of Tibbys life. In these, his reminiscences, they are preceded by the marvellously diverting other half: his experiences as a pioneer of aircraft seduction while a Cambridge undergraduate; the editor and sole contributor of a paper for girls in Australia; a journalist who was knocked out by Carnera and arrived on a cooks bicycle to interview a king; a publicist conning George Bernard Shaw into advertising his product; a redundant purser on a tramp steamer and a participant in a South American revolution; the inappropriate executive of a temperance organisation; a London policeman rich in the lore of the beat; a racehorse owner operating on a second-hand shoestring. All are here told with the same engaging humour that won T. E. B. Clarke, O. B. E. the man surrounded by initials, as Hollywood dubbed him an Oscar, the Venice Festival Scenario award and the U. S. National Board of Review award, all in one triumphant year.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 206 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.