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(Courtesy of Phillip Arnold)
Phillip Arnold acquired this (strange) book by Lynton Wright Brent.

"GITTIN' IN THE MOVIES - Adventures of a Country Boy in Hollywood" was published in 1936, and the cover is shown on the left.

Below are the opening pages with Brent's photo along with the title page.

Further down this webpage are a couple pages from the book.



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Under Brent's photo is the phrase" I'm Lem and he's Brent --- and we sure hope you folks like this here noveletty." The inkwell caricature is "Lem".

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Under the horse head, there's the phrase "PITCHERS BY THE AUTHOR".



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Above is page 22 from the book, and I cropped out the empty space on the top, bottom and sides. Note the reference to "Mr. Sorge Geevens" as the director. Was Brent doing a play-on-words and this was a remembrance of director George Stevens. Brent did work in CRACKED SHOTS (RKO, 1934), a Tom Kennedy short, which was helmed by Stevens.

Phil Arnold adds a bit more on Brent's writing:

It is written in the same style (as above) all the way through with several play-on-words. The book is 97 pages, and instead of chapters, it is divided into eleven "episodys". He constantly mentions various names of directors, casting directors, actors, etc. For example, he mentions Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Winchell, Herbert Marshall, Gary Cooper,and Dick Powell using names like "Harbara Tanstick", "Halter Tinchell", "Verbert Hardshell", "Jary Gooper", and "Tick Dowell". Apparently he's relating to the various people who he had seen and worked.



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(Courtesy of Phillip Arnold)

Appears this copy of the book was in Brent's personal collection, and he presented it to his old military boss, Colonel Herbert R. Fay. Brent's signature includes the military rank of Captain. Ye Old Corral webmaster is a U. S. Army veteran, but I don't have a clue what the C. S. M. designation means (other than Command Sergeant Major). Perhaps an Old Corral visitor can answer that question.

There is a genealogy webpage listing the officers of the National Guard and Naval Militia of California circa April 7, 1917. Lieutenant Colonel Herbert R. Fay is the Assistant to the Adjutant General: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/civilwar/misc/guard-and-naval-1917.txt

The California Digital Newspaper archive has an August 11, 1917 article on Herbert R. Fay (and other officers) being ousted from the service. Quote:" ... officers of the National Guard of California, including two Colonels, three Lieutenant-Colonels and a Major, failed to pass their professional military examination, and were last Saturday dropped from the service.": http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cdnc/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SN19170811.2.15&cl=CL2.1917.08&srpos=0&dliv=none&st=1&e=-------en-logical-20--1-----all---



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