NP [Los Angeles?]: N. Bishop / C. Garlovsky, 1989. 16 b/w Photographs (including Plates & Upper wrapper). First Edition. Plastic Sheet. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #L078324
Slight scuffing and rubbing to upper wrapper (clear plastic; chiefly at upper right corner); slight browning to leaves (chiefly at spine edges); few pencil annotations (chiefly one-word additions and/or corrections to text); else a nice, clean copy. , 153 leaves + plates (rectos only). Self-published issue of the revealing memoir of the Los Angeles-based lifeguard, prizefighter and sometime stunt person; other notables (in addition to Monroe) include Carroll Baker, Leo Gorcey, Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn, and others. Scarce in any format; this copy bound in clear mylar upper wrapper and black plastic lower wrapper, with 3 brass brad fasteners at spine edge. As for why the title features Monroe: "in 1954 she was working on "River of No Return" in Canada's Banff National Park when she slipped on a rock and fell into the fast-moving Bow River. L.A. lifeguard Norm Bishop, who was working as a stuntman, plunged in and grabbed her, keeping her afloat. The stunt director and actor Robert Mitchum piloted a raft downriver to get them. Twentieth Century Fox publicists were quick to credit Mitchum with rescuing Monroe. "Mitchum tried to correct the error," Verge wrote, "but given the power of the studio's publicity agents, it was to no avail"." (see LA Times review of "Los Angeles County Lifeguards" by Verge).