Thanks for posting this, Bill. The author sounded familiar. Fowler was one of those hard-charging newspaper men of the 1920s who went to Hollywood and wrote for the movies in the 1930 and ‘40s. He also turned out quite a few books.
I'm familiar with the name and I've seen some of his other books, but I've never read one.
I don't know his fiction, but his biography of John Barrymore, GOOD NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE, is excellent, and his much less well-known MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING, about Barrymore, W. C. Fields, and the obscure and bizarre but fascinating Sadakichi Hartmann, is fascinating. Fowler is one of those lost writers who deserves a re-appraisal.
There are so many of those . . . .
I thought this was going to be a cavalry book.
Gives that impression, for sure.
Fowler's SALUTE TO YESTERDAY is one of the funniest books I've ever read. W.C. Fields wanted to buy it for a movie, but Fowler wouldn't sell--he knew Fields always cheated when doing business deals and didn't want to put that strain on their friendship.
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