THE BIG LITTLE BOOK CLUB        
          ENGEL-VAN WISEMAN BOOK CORPORATION        
          FIVE-STAR LIBRARY SERIES        
          1934 - 1935        
                   
  The Engel-van Wiseman Book Corporation of New York produced 23 titles that were similar to Whitman's movie-size Big Little Books. The books were released under the trademark Five-Star Library Series and were numbered consecutively. The series began in the last half of 1934 and ended near the end of 1935. The logo for the 1934 titles was 5 stars placed around the trademark. The 1935 logo was the initials "E van W" beneath a world that was imprinted with 5 stars and the trademark.  
  The content of the books was taken entirely from United States and British motion pictures. A variety of studios were represented, and the selections contained some memorable movie stars: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Donat, John Wayne, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and William Boyd. About a quarter of the titles were westerns and another quarter were movies in which children starred: Mickey Rooney, Frankie Thomas, Dickie Moore, and Jackie Cooper.  
  The books were slightly taller and narrower than the Whitman Movie Scene books (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"). Each contained 160 pages which alternated text with black and white photographs of motion picture scenes. The pages were sewn together and mounted within colorful four-color hardboard covers that were illustrated with photographs from the pictures. The books had soft cover spines and a distinctive bookplate was printed inside the front covers. They sold for 15.  
  Some titles have been discovered in soft cover format. They are identical to the hard cover versions but have no number. It is unknown how many soft cover titles were produced, but it is likely that all were reproduced as soft cover giveaways. The discovered titles have Tootsie Roll advertisements printed inside.  
                   
  BOOK NO.   TITLE   GOOD VG FINE
  Lowery EVW    
                   
  GE2 2   BEYOND THE LAW starring Tim McCoy   19 38 76
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Pat Patterson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 73 motion picture scenes from the Columbia film. The film stars are Tim McCoy and Shirley Grey.        
                   
  GE1a 1   The COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO starring Robert Donat   18 36 72
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Unknown - adapted from the film and the work of Alexander Dumas. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 72 motion picture scenes from the Reliance Pictures film. The film stars Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, and Louis Calhern. The original printing is identified by its hard cover.        
                   
  GE1b ----   The COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO starring Robert Donat   36 72 144
          Five Star Library Series; Variation; 1934. Soft cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Unknown - adapted from the film and the work of Alexander Dumas. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 72 motion picture scenes from the Reliance Pictures film. The film stars Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, and Louis Calhern. The variation is identified by its soft cover, no publisher's number and a Tootsie Roll ad inside the cover. RARE        
                   
  GE13 13   DINKY starring Jackie Cooper   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Helen M. Davidson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 65 motion picture scenes from the Warner Brothers film. The film stars Jackie Cooper, Roger Pryor, and Mary Astor.        
                   
  GE16 16   A DOG OF FLANDERS starring Frankie Thomas   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from a story by Ouida. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 62 motion picture scenes from the RKO picture. The film stars Frankie Thomas and Helen Parish.        
                   
  GE6 6   The FIGHTING PRESIDENT, THE STORY OF F. D. ROOSEVELT   12 24 48
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Jerome van Wiseman and Wallace West. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 60 motion picture scenes from Universal films.        
                   
  GE22 22   FLAMING GUNS starring Tom Mix   18 36 72
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Pat Patterson. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 73 motion picture scenes from the Columbia film.        
                   
  GE8 8   GREAT EXPECTATIONS starring Henry Hull   18 36 72
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by A. J. Sharick from the film and the work of Charles Dickens. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 65 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. The film stars Henry Hull, Jane Wyatt, and Alan Hale.        
                   
  GE17 17   HOOSIER SCHOOLMASTER starring Norman Foster and Charlotte Henry   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by Edward Finney from the film and novel by Edward Eggleston. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 70 motion picture scenes from the Monogram film. The film stars Norman Foster, Charlotte Henry, and Tommy Pupp.        
                   
  GE9a 9   The LITTLE MINISTER starring Katharine Hepburn   15 30 60
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by James M. Barr from the film and novel by Sir James M. Barrie. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 74 motion picture scenes from the RKO film. The film stars Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, and Alan Hale. The original printing is identified by its hard cover.        
                   
  GE9b ----   The LITTLE MINISTER starring Katharine Hepburn   30 60 120
          Five Star Library Series; Variation; 1935. Soft cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by James M. Barr from the film and novel by Sir James M. Barrie. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 74 motion picture scenes from the RKO film. The film stars Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, and Alan Hale. The variation is identified by its soft cover, no publisher's number and a Tootsie Roll ad inside the cover. RARE        
                   
  GE19 19   The LOST CITY starring William Boyd   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by Charles Reed Jones. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 61 motion picture scenes from the 12 chapter serial; Sherman S. Krellberg Productions. The film stars William Boyd, Kane Richmond, and Claudia Bell.        
                   
  GE21 21   A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM starring Mickey Rooney   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by Helen Davidson from the film and Shakespeare's play. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 70 motion picture scenes from the Warner Brothers film. The film stars Mickey Rooney, James Cagney, and Olivia DeHaviland. It was nominated for Best Picture of 1935 and won awards for Film Editing (Ralph Dawson) and Cinematography (Hal Mohr).        
                   
  GE11 11   OLIVER TWIST starring Dickie Moore   14 28 56
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Unknown - adapted from the film and the work of Charles Dickens. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 67 motion picture scenes from the Monogram picture. The film stars Dickie Moore, William Boyd, and Irving Pichel.        
                   
  GE20 20   RED DAVIS, THE AMERICAN BOY   12 24 48
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Unknown - adapted from Elaine Stearne Carrington's Radio Program. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: The radio show, Red Adams, began October 2, 1932 and starred Burgess Meredith. The show's hero had his name changed twice: 1) to Red Davis when Beech Nut Gum sponsored the show; 2) to Pepper Young. In June 1936, the program became Pepper Young's Family.        
                   
  GE3a 3   The RED RIDER starring Buck Jones   21 42 84
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by Harry Ormiston from the story The Red Head of Sun Dog by W. C. Tuttle. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 70 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. Starring: Buck Jones (Red Davidson), Grant Withers, William Desmond, Silver. Title may have influenced Red Harman in naming his famous comic strip, Red Ryder.        
                   
  GE3b ----   The RED RIDER starring Buck Jones   42 84 168
          Five Star Library Series; Variation; 1934. Soft cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted by Harry Ormiston from the story The Red Head of Sun Dog by W. C. Tuttle. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 70 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. Starring: Buck Jones (Red Davidson), Grant Withers, William Desmond, Silver. Title may have influenced Red Harman in naming his famous comic strip, Red Ryder. The variation is identified by its soft cover, no publisher's number and a Tootsie Roll ad inside the cover. RARE        
                   
  GE4 4   The RIDER OF DEATH VALLEY starring Tom Mix   21 42 84
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from film by A. J. Sharick. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 65 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. The film stars Tom Mix, Lois Wilson, and Mae Busch.        
                   
  GE10 10   ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Wallace Berry   18 36 72
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Austin Gilmore and Alex Gottlieb. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 70 motion picture scenes from the United Artists film. The film won Academy Awards for: Interior Decoration (Carl Wey); Musical Score (Erich Korngold); and Film Editing (Ralph Dawson). The film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Wallace Berry, and Alan Hale.        
                   
  GE15a 15   ROCKY RHODES starring Buck Jones   21 42 84
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Harry Ormiston. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 73 motion picture scenes from the Universal film.        
                   
  GE15b ----   ROCKY RHODES starring Buck Jones   42 84 168
          Five Star Library Series; Variation; 1935. Soft cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from film, by Harry Ormiston. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 73 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. The variation is identified by its soft cover, no publisher's number and a Tootsie Roll ad inside the cover. RARE        
                   
  GE14 14   SPEEDWINGS starring Tim McCoy   21 42 84
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Pat Patterson. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 66 motion picture scenes from the Columbia film. The film stars Tim McCoy, William Bakewell, and Evalyn Knapp.        
                   
  GE12a 12   STAMPEDE starring Rex, King of the Wild Horses   10 20 40
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by George Gerry. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 69 motion picture scenes from the Columbia film titled Wild Horse Stampede. The film stars Rex (the horse), William James, and Dorothy Appleby. This original printing is identified by a red spine.        
                   
  GE12b 12   STAMPEDE starring Rex, King of the Wild Horses   10 20 40
          Five Star Library Series; Variation; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by George Gerry. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 69 motion picture scenes from the Columbia the film titled Wild Horse Stampede. The film stars Rex (the horse), William James, and Dorothy Appleby. This variation is identified by a yellow spine.        
                   
  GE7 7   TEXAS BAD MAN starring Tom Mix   21 42 84
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 1 60 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by A. J. Sharick. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: 60 motion picture scenes from the Universal film.        
                   
  GE18 18   WESTWARD HO starring John Wayne   45 90 180
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Edward Finney. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 67 motion picture scenes from various Republic films, but none from the film of this title. The film stars John Wayne, George Hays, and Myrna Winters.        
                   
  GE5a 5   WHEELS OF DESTINY starring Ken Maynard   19 38 76
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Harry Ormiston. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 62 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. The film stars Ken Maynard and Dorothy Dix.        
                   
  GE5b ----   WHEELS OF DESTINY starring Ken Maynard   38 76 152
          Five Star Library Series; 1934. Soft cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Adapted from the film, by Harry Ormiston. COLLECTOR'S NOTES: 62 motion picture scenes from the Universal film. The film stars Ken Maynard and Dorothy Dix. The variation is identified by its soft cover, no publisher's number and a Tootsie Roll ad inside the cover. RARE        
                   
  GE23 23   The WORLD OF MONSTERS starring Frank Sage   15 30 60
          Five Star Library Series; 1935. Hard cover. Movie size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"; 160 pages. Author: Unknown. COLLECTOR'S NOTE: Although this title is listed at the back of other books, no proof has been presented that the book exists.