The Joker Is Wild: The Story Of Joe E. Lewis (in original dust jacket). Art Cohn.

The Joker Is Wild: The Story Of Joe E. Lewis (in original dust jacket)

New York: Random House, 1955. First edition. Hardcover. First edition, firts printing stated. Hardcover. ix+ 368 pp. with index. Illustrated with photos. Very good or some what bett, some offseting to the endpapers and a previous owner signature front free endpaper. In the original pictorial dust jacket with some wear to the extremities. Biography of "the funniest man who ever lived", comedian Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971). Born Joseph Klewan on New York City's Lower East Side, Lewis by age 25 had become the biggest name in Chicago show business and gangland's favorite jester and a particular favorite of Al Capone. In 1927 her rejected an offer from one of Capone's lieutenants to sign an exclusive contract to perform at one of the mob-owned clubs and was attacked (without Capone's OK) by henchmen who cut his throat and his tongue. As a result he was unable to speak properly for several years. He appeared in several major motion pictures in the 1930s and early 40s and by the time World War II erupted, he toured for the USO in the Pacific. In the 1950s and early 60s, he was a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show and "What's My Line" and was a close froend of Frank Sinatra, who portrayed Lewis in the 1957 movie adaptation of this book. Very Good / very good. Item #E24878

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