Biggers, Earl Derr (1913) Seven Keys to Baldpate




Seven Keys to Baldpate is an early novel by Earl Derr Biggers, best known for creating Charlie Chan. This 1913 novel is engaging in style and its clever premise leads to a surprise ending. The novel was made into a play, written and staged by no less than George M. Cohan. The first stage play opened in New York in 1913 and proved to be Cohan's most popular play. Cohan went on to star in the leading character role in the first silent film version in 1917. He reprised the leading role of Billy Magee on stage in 1935.

The story made its way to film many times, in both silent and talking pictures. This edition of the book includes a photo frontispiece and three internal photos from the 1925 silent "photoplay" by Paramount Pictures. The film was remade as a talking picture in 1929, 1935, and 1947, and remade again in 1983 under the title The House of Long Shadows starring Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and John Carradine.

Publisher: New York: Grossett & Dunlap Publishers
Original Copyright: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1913
First Edition: no; photoplay edition from the 1925 Paramount Pictures movie
Dustjacket: no
Frontispiece: B&W photograph, plus three internal photos from the photoplay
Pages: 408 numbered text pages, total 435 G-Book pages
Dimensions: 5" x 7-5/8"
Backmatter: no
Print Pages: yes
Annotate Pages: yes
Search Text: no
G-book® Quality Level (2-4 stars):


This title was added to our catalog on Friday 21 October, 2005.

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