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The Dream Merchants

First edition cover (Knopf)

The Dream Merchants is an American novel written by Harold Robbins and published in 1949.[1] 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. It was directed by Vincent Sherman.

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  1. ^ Andrew Wilson (15 January 2011). Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 51–2. ISBN 978-1-60819-658-6.