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THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF GENE FOWLER by H. ALLEN SMITH 320 pages. Morrow. $10.

The late Gene Fowler was a thinking man's John Wayne. In half a century behind the typewriter, he built a name as a swashbuckling reporter, a capable novelist, a prosperous Hollywood script doctor and a painstaking biographer of such romantic rascals as John Barrymore (Good Night, Sweet Prince) and Jimmy Walker (Beau James). In the course of his career he became something of a romantic rascal himself, a legendary prodigy in bar and bedroom alike.

Fowler boomed out...

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