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Cool Item Of the Week: Honor of the Family pressbook

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Added: 09/17/2018

As many of you know, I, Bruce Hershenson, owner of, have collected pressbooks (and related movie paper like studio yearbooks) for over 30 years, and I have the world's foremost collection of such material. I thought I would share one item with you each week, the type of items you almost surely have never seen before, and which might not come up for sale for DECADES!

This week, I have the pressbook from Honor of the Family, the 1931 Lloyd Bacon romantic love triangle melodrama ("based on the play by Emile Fabre" "From the story by Balzac"; also based on the novel 'Cousin Pons' by Honore de Balzac; like all Balzac stories, a sweeping and complicated story of Hungarian royalty and a rich man has a mistress, and he asks his nephew to protect her from other lovers, and over time, the nephew kills two of the lovers, and at the end, the rich man gives his nephew a blank check and asks him to return with his mistress, but instead, the nephew and the mistress run off together, spending the uncle's money!) starring Bebe Daniels, Warren William (in his third credited role!), Alan Mowbray, Frederick Kerr, and Allan 'Rocky' Lane. Note that Warren William had served in World War I, and afterwards became a Broadway stage actor. He appeared in two silent movies in 1922 and 1923 under his real name of Warren Krech, but he quickly returned to New York and starred in many Broadway plays, aided by his wonderful speaking voice. In 1931, he starred in this, his first sound movie, and he remained in Hollywood, becoming one of Warner Bros.' top stars in the 1930s.

Here is an image of the front cover, back cover, and an inside spread:

Each week I will showcase a different pressbook (or related item) from my collection (so in just 25,000 weeks or so, I will have shared the entire collection with you!).

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