Talk:Paul Gallico

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However, The Snow Goose did not win "the" O. Henry Prize[edit]

...contrary to the statement on one website. The first prize winner was Kay Boyle's "Defeat", second Eudora Welty's "The Long Path," third Hallie Southgate Abbett "Eighteenth Summer." See The O. Henry Prize stories. [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith (talk)]] 00:28, 21 Nov 2004 (UTC)

"The Snow Goose", published in the Saturday Evening Post is among those listed under Best First-Published story.[1] Mannanan51 (talk) 05:20, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Story/book/movie/musical: Love of Seven Dolls, Lili, Carnival![edit]

Working notes, things that may get worked into the article, or, more likely, a separate article—probably under the heading Lili.

imbd and the New York Times review of "Carnival" credit it as "a musical, based on material by Helen Deutsch, from Paul Gallico's story 'The Seven Souls of Clement O'Reilly.'" The review and all descriptions of the musical describe it as "derived from the film, 'Lili.'" However, the imdb description of "Lili" describes it as based on the Gallico book Love of Seven Dolls as do other sources. The actual onscreen credits, at least on a VHS copy, simply say it is "from a story by Paul Gallico." The book, "Love of Seven Dolls," does not mention a magazine story on the copyright page or elsewhere. It is copyright 1954, apparently making it later than the movie. It is dedicated to Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison (of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie).

I can't find a copy of the story. Presumably the book and the movie each derive separately from the story?

The New York Times (Nov 28, 1954; p. BR4) review of the book does not mention the story, and says "Those audiences still making their way to see 'Lili' may now read the book from which this motion picture was adapted."

(!) Lili opened on March 10th, 1953; Knock on Wood, the Danny Kaye movie about a ventriloquist who can express his real self only through his dummy, opened April 15th, 1954... Lili is utterly free of any "psychiatric" background, even hinted, while Knock On Wood revels in it (the ventriloquist falls in love with a "lady psychiatrist" ([sic], Bosley Crowther's terminology).

no "Mrs 'arris" novels?[edit]

I find it peculiar that this entry has no mention of his very popular novel "Mrs 'arris goes to Paris", even though it has a Wiki entry of its own.Saxophobia 08:15, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

  • I didn't write about them because I don't happen to know much about them.

I touched up the existing "Mrs 'Arris" page slightly, but I don't know how to make a link properly. Actually there's not a lot to say about Mrs 'Arris. Gallico produced a lot of potboilers- well written novels but pretty slight in substance, many of them suspence themed like "The Hand of Mary Constable" with it's faked seance.Saxophobia 00:45, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

I added the link--I'm glad this discussion was here, or I wouldn't have realized that the 'Mrs. 'Arris' page existed! Marieblasdell 07:38, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

It might also be worth adding that 'Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris' was also published as 'Flowers For Mrs Harris' - it is, I think, the British title or something. (talk) 05:38, 31 August 2010 (UTC) Kat

His British connections?[edit]

Many (most?) of Gallico's novels are set in Britain or have a British background. Did he live there? I think we need some more biographical detail -- there's nothing after 1942. Hypnopomp 20:20, 2 September 2007 (UTC)


I don't like the "light, Sport" additions that were just made to the bibliography. I find them distracting and not very important. Can we remove them please? --Knulclunk (talk) 01:29, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

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