March 15, 1944
HOLLYWOOD, March 14 — “The Green Years,” the new Dr. A.J. Cronin novel, has been purchased by M-G-M from the galleys. While George Landy of the Frank Vincent office, who handled the deal, is unwilling to mention price I am told it is an all time record for a novel and that was $200,000 paid. The closest to this was $170,000 paid for “Saratoga Trunk.” The story is not Cronin’s autobiography, as many thought. It is about an Irish boy who goes to live with penurious relatives in Scotland and is in a way another “How Green Was My Valley.”
CHATTER IN HOLLYWOOD: Kay Hurrell, who in the opinion of many people in Hollywood behaved like the gallant lady she is at the time of her divorce proceedings is being forced to return to Hollywood by George Hurrell, local photographer. He has filed bankruptcy proceedings involving her source and so she must return for a session which … breaking for her, since … to put the whole thing … her mind.