The Dream Merchants

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First edition cover (Knopf)

The Dream Merchants is an American novel written by Harold Robbins and published in 1949. Set in the early 20th century, the book is a "rags-to-riches" story of a penniless young man who goes to Hollywood and builds a great film studio. A former Universal Studios employee, author Harold Robbins based the main character on Universal's founder, Carl Laemmle. With the Hollywood history in the backdrop, it is a love story.


In 1980, the book was made into a two-part miniseries with an all-star cast. The miniseries was directed by Vincent Sherman.

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