Robert Henrey. A Film Star in Belgrave Square. London: Peter Davies, 1948.

Making of The Fallen Idol, not included in the official canon.

Reviewed Daily Herald, September 21 1948, p. 2; Tatler, October 13 1948; Sphere, October 16 1948, p. 30.

A Film Star in Belgrave Square ran to 186 pp. Demy 8vo (c. 56K words, in larger print than usual). Priced at 12s. 6d., it included a black and white frontispiece showing Bobby on the studio set’s grand staircase and twenty-two black and white double-sided photographic plates credited to Ted Reed, the unit’s studio stills photographer, and to Leslie Baker. Originally intended to be placed together between pp. 74 and 75, the plates were finally tipped in at irregular intervals throughout the text and captioned by names or phrases (not by quotations from the text as in previous books). There are twenty-one chapters with fifty-three scene breaks corresponding to the narrative’s diary structure. The verso of the Illustrations page contains a complete ‘unit list’ of ‘The Lost Illusion’ crew. Two end papers similar to D. L. Ghilchik’s illustrated maps in the earlier books were drawn as Mé directed by John Hawkesworth, one of the set decorators, who also designed the jacket.