Milan: Longanesi & C., 1971. Giallo edition. 12mo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
1970s Italian giallo pulp paperback of the novelization of RKO's 1933 classic King Kong. British journalist and author Wallace wrote the initial 110-page draft for director Merian Cooper's "gorilla picture" in 1931, for which he contributed the epic Empire State Building scene. The two men collaborated on the script until Wallace's sudden and untimely death in February 1932, leaving Cooper with an unfinished script. The film's (uncredited) co-director and co-producer Ernest B. Shoedshack brought on his wife, Ruth Rose, to finish the script. In December of the same year, Wallace's story and screenplay were "novelized" by Delos W. Lovelace, a journalist and author himself who knew Cooper from when they worked on the same newspaper, and appeared in book form under the title King Kong. Though Lovelace based his transcription largely on Rose's screenplay, the novel is credited to Wallace, Cooper, and Lovelace. This Italian translation is Volume 33 in Longanesi & C.'s "Suspense!" series of paperbacks. Fine. Item #1869