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Brigitte - Vol. 1, No. 1 [magazine devoted to Brigitte Bardot], (Peter A. Myerson, ed.)
1 (Peter A. Myerson, ed.) Brigitte - Vol. 1, No. 1 [magazine devoted to Brigitte Bardot]
New York Dell Publishing Co., Inc. (c.1958) (Vol. 1, No. 1) Magazine Very Good+ 
[a few tiny nicks at edges and corners of front cover, very light surface wear to covers]. (B&W photographs) The first issue (was there a second?) of a magazine-format publication about the "strange life of the sex kitten," as the front-cover banner has it. Covers her childhood, her meeting (and breakup) with Roger Vadim, her various leading men, all kinds of information about what she's "really like" (uh-huh), her movies, etc. The last section includes a gallery of "Brigitte's best pin-ups -- at every age -- from every point of view." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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A Dreadful Man, Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume
2 Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume A Dreadful Man
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1979) 0-671-24797-2 / 9780671247973 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Fred Marcellino 
[small remainder stamp (the little S&S man) on bottom edge, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A biography of actor George Sanders, who committed suicide at the age of 65 because he was "bored" (although he clearly was suffering from depression), by a close friend and fellow actor. From the jacket: "a splendid examination of a complex and fascinating personality [and] a touching and extraordinary book about the friendships in a group of exceptionally gifted, talented and charming people: Sanders, mercurial, quixotic and moody; Benita Hume, Ronald Colman's widow, who eventually married Sanders; and Brian Aherne himself, not to mention a cast of equally distinguished players." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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William Wyler, Anderegg, Michael A.
3 Anderegg, Michael A. William Wyler
Boston Twayne Publishers 1979 0-8057-9268-6 / 9780805792683 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [some rubbing to gilt lettering and decoration on spine, otherwise a solid, unworn copy, with a slight musty smell that will probably dissipate over time]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of the great American film director. Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Wyler's life, a selected bibliography and a filmography. Because most of the books in this series went to libraries, it's a bit hard to find clean, unmarked copies. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Andrews, Julie
4 Andrews, Julie Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
New York Hyperion (c.2008) 0786865652 / 9780786865659 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Phil Rose 
(price-clipped) [nice tight unread copy, very slight bump to top rear corner, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear, bumped down from Near Fine only because of the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) Because I've loved Julie Andrews since I was eleven years old. You got a problem? 
Price: 12.00 USD
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So You Wanna Be a Director? [*SIGNED*], Annakin, Ken
5 Annakin, Ken So You Wanna Be a Director? [*SIGNED*]
Sheffield, England Tomahawk Press 2001 0-9531926-5-2 / 9780953192656 First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[slight dog-earing to corners of rear cover, a bit of scuffing and minor creasing to covers, light soiling to page edges, small gouge in bottom edge]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED generically ("Best Wishes") and SIGNED by the author at the upper corner of the ffep. Memoir by the veteran British director, who (per the cover blurb) "has directed, written and produced over fifty feature films in Africa, India, Malaysia, Scandinavia, China, Europe and America," and to judge from the all-star testimonials (Mike Leigh, Charles Bronson, Robert Wagner, Dorothy McGuide, Julie Christie, Richard Attenborough, etc.) was quite a popular fellow. Yet pick out a genuine classic from among his long filmography. BATTLE OF THE BULGE? THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES? That's about as good as it gets, and although there's a fair bit of solid entertainment that bears his name, calling him "one of the greatest international film directors" (as the cover blurb does) is, sorry, more than a bit of a stretch. Signed by Author 
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Smile When the Raindrops Fall: The Story of Charley Chase, Anthony, Brian, and Andy Edmonds
6 Anthony, Brian, and Andy Edmonds Smile When the Raindrops Fall: The Story of Charley Chase
Lanham MD/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1998 0-8108-3377-8 / 9780810833777 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Deborah Clark 
[spine slightly turned, slight wear to binding at base of spine; jacket is flawless]. (Filmmakers, No. 58) Series (B&W photographs The first full-length book devoted to this largely-forgotten early film comedian, who was also a writer-producer-director of considerable importance -- "a major force in shaping the evolution of motion picture comedy," in the words of the jacket blurb, and possibly "the most versatile performer in the history of motion pictures." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Eisenstein, Barna, Yon (translated by Lise Hunter)
7 Barna, Yon (translated by Lise Hunter) Eisenstein
Bloomington Indiana University Press 1973 0-253-12135-3 / 9780253121356 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along right side of front panel, very light soiling]. (B&W photographs) Critical biography of the great Soviet filmmaker, originally published in Bucharest in 1966; this edition was "substantially revised by the author." Review copy, with original publisher's slip laid in. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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James Dean: A Biography, Bast, William
8 Bast, William James Dean: A Biography
New York Ballantine Books (c.1956) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Roy Schatt 
[very light bumping at several corners and base of spine, very slight deterioration to cloth at base of spine, small date stamp on ffep; jacket a bit scuffed and edgeworn, one slightly ragged closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel, small chip at top of rear panel, minor paper loss at spine corners]. (B&W photograph) The first book-length biography of Dean to appear after his death, by a friend (and former UCLA classmate); issued simultaneously in paperback, this is the much scarcer hardcover printing. Many years later, Bast published another book, "Surviving James Dean," that touched on certain aspects of the actor's life that were a little too sensitive to be aired in the 1950s. The striking jacket photo of Dean (by Roy Schatt) is also reproduced inside the book. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Memo from David O. Selznick, Behlmer, Rudy, ed.
9 Behlmer, Rudy, ed. Memo from David O. Selznick
New York The Viking Press 1972 0-670-46766-9 / 9780670467662 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Hal Siegel 
[nice copy, binding solid (no small matter in a book of this heft), light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edge; jacket shows a little wear along the bottom edge, with a couple of tiny tears at bottom corners and a horizontal crease/wrinkle along the bottom of the front panel, short diagonal creases at top corners of both flaps]. (B&W photographs) An endlessly fascinating read-through of the correspondence files of the legendary producer of GONE WITH THE WIND and other classics (and an occasional non-classic) -- albeit, as editor Behlmer explains in his foreword, presenting "a rather one-sided case, with no opportunity for the several victims of Selznick's unhappiness or, in some instances, wrath, to offer rebuttals or countercharges." The selection of memos -- from among two thousand file boxes of papers -- was a monumental task, and although it was by necessity a highly selective process, at the end you feel like you've gotten a pretty comprehensive picture of DOS: "at times pontificating and overly fussy," as the editor allows, but "also brilliant, knowledgeable, tasteful, painstaking, and possessed by what he was doing." 
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Orson Welles, Bessy, Maurice (translated by Ciba Vaughan)
10 Bessy, Maurice (translated by Ciba Vaughan) Orson Welles
New York Crown Publishers Inc. (c.1971, 1963) 1st printing thus Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edgewear to covers; binding solid, text clean]. (Editions Seghers' Cinema d'Aujourd'hui in English) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "An investigation into his fimls and philosophy." Orginally published in French in 1963; this edition "has been brought up to the present, adapted for an American audience, and includes an up-to-date bibliography, filmography, and many photographs." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer, Bogdanovich, Peter
11 Bogdanovich, Peter Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer
New York Praeger Publishers 1971 0289701228 / 9780289701225 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[solid copy, light external wear, faint diagonal crease in upper corner of rear cover (Praeger Film Library) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In half-a-century making films, Allan Dwan worked with D.W. Griffith, directed Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and Shirley Temple, discovered Ida Lupino, and made action pictures like SUEZ and SANDS OF IWO JIMA." An extended interview (which originated as an American Film Institute oral history) with the veteran film director takes up most of the book, and provides ample proof that Bogdanovich was just as good an interviewer as he was a critic and essayist. Includes an extensive filmography -- and if anybody ever had an extensive filmography, it was Allan Dwan, who started directing movies in 1911 and barely stopped to take a breath until he retired in the early 1960s. [Bogdanovich's name is misspelled "Bogdanovitch" on the book's spine.] 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Deborah Kerr, Braun, Eric
12 Braun, Eric Deborah Kerr
London W.H. Allen 1977 0-491-2341-2 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Hook 
[solid copy, bottom corners slightly bumped, foxing to page edges, embossed ownership seal on front and rear endpapers; jacket has a little foxing on flap, light external surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Authorized biography of "Britain's best-loved gift to Hollywood superstardom," written by an author "who has followed her life and career since working on one of her early British successes, and to whom she has accorded the fullest possible co-operation in recalling her fascinating story." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Burt Lancaster: An American Life [*SIGNED*], Buford, Kate
13 Buford, Kate Burt Lancaster: An American Life [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2000 0-679-44603-6 / 9780679446033 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Carol Devine Carson Signed by Author
[a nice tight unread copy, very faint spotting on top edge; jacket has a minor internal dampstain at base of spine, but exterior appearance is flawless]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. The first full-scale biography of Lancaster, "a dynamic biography of a passionate and committed star." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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With Powder on My Nose [*SIGNED*], Burke, Billie, with Cameron Shipp
14 Burke, Billie, with Cameron Shipp With Powder on My Nose [*SIGNED*]
New York Coward-McCann, Inc. (c.1959) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj & illustrations) Vasiliu Signed by Author
[some shelfwear to cloth at bottom edge, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket a little darkened at spine, worn along joints, wrinkling/creasing at top of spine]. (line drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "To my beloved director / and dearest thanks for / being in that time[?]/ picture! Here I am / with precious Philadelphia / all about me -- / [illegible] - be more faithful. / devotedly / Billie / Oct. 27th /1959." The fluttery-voiced actress's second book of anecdotal memoirs, the existence of which she explains thusly: "There were things I couldn't say in the first book [published ten years earlier] that I want to say here." The "beloved director" was Vincent Sherman, from whose library this book comes; the film on which they'd worked together, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS, had been released earlier in 1959. Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Stunt Man: The Autobiography of Yakima Canutt, Canutt, Yakima, with Oliver Drake
15 Canutt, Yakima, with Oliver Drake Stunt Man: The Autobiography of Yakima Canutt
New York Walker and Company 1979 0-8027-0613-4 / 9780802706133 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mel Brofman 
[nice clean book, minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket has a tiny bit of soiling to the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography of the man generally acknowledged as the king of movie stuntmen, whose career as a stunt performer and second unit director of action sequences stretched from the silent days into the 1970s. With a Foreword by Charlton Heston and and Afterword by John Wayne -- both men having benefitted greatly from Yak's work on their movies. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Tribute to Fred Astaire, Carrick, Peter
16 Carrick, Peter A Tribute to Fred Astaire
Salem NH Salem House 1985 (c.1984) 0-88162-081-5 / 9780881620818 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[covers very slightly bowed outwards, otherwise a nice clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket very slightly yellowed along top edge]. (B&W photographs) Straightforward biography of the dancer/singer/actor; not sure why it's called a "tribute," exactly. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Please Don't Call Me Tarzan, Chapman, Mike
17 Chapman, Mike Please Don't Call Me Tarzan
Newton IA Culture House Books 2001 0-9676080-2-3 / 9780967608020 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice copy with no discernible wear, would call it "Fine/As New" but for the fact that the bottom corner is clipped off two pages near the back of the book (no loss of text); jacket shows just the slightest handling wear]. (B&W photographs Biography of Herman Brix, an outstanding college athlete (and medal-winning shot-putter at the 1928 Olympics), who had been a bit actor in Hollywood for several years when he was tapped by the Burroughs-Tarzan Corporation for the role of Tarzan in their 1935 serial THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN. (Edgar Rice Burroughs himself had been unhappy with the screen portrayals of his jungle hero by Johnny Weissmuller and, especially, Buster Crabbe, and had set up a company to make a Tarzan film "the right way.") The serial launched him on a career as an action star, but eventually he found that his identification with the Tarzan role was hindering his career, so he changed his name to Bruce Bennett and re-invented himself as a versatile and reliable character actor, turning in memorable performances in such films as MILDRED PIERCE and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, and on various television shows well into the 1960s. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Errol Flynn: A Memoir, Conrad, Earl
18 Conrad, Earl Errol Flynn: A Memoir
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1978) 0-7145-0816-0 / 9780714508160 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lucy Bitzer 
[minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows just a trace of wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "A personal exploration of the enigma of the character of Errol Flynn," by the author who ghost-wrote the actor's notorious and just-barely-posthumously published autobiography, "My Wicked, Wicked Ways." He "recounts here how the actor defied the normal during the last year of his life, when they were working together on the book. In three rollicking months in Jamaica, where 'Wicked Ways' was born, Conrad watched the antics, pranks, deviltries, and plain damn wickedness of hedonist Flynn." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Von Stroheim, Curtiss, Thomas Quinn
19 Curtiss, Thomas Quinn Von Stroheim
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1971 0-374-2-8520-9 / 9780374285203 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ronald Clyne 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light wear at corners, a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge; jacket very slightly worn along top edge]. (B&W photographs) The authorized (more or less) biography of the actor-turned-director who made some of the most daring films of the silent era, but was ultimately ostracized for his extravagant ways. Author Curtiss, a one-time student of Sergei Eisenstein (and one-time lover of Klaus Mann), first met von Stroheim in 1940, and became a friend and confidant. The friendship deepened in 1950 when Curtiss settled in Paris and began writing for the International Herald Tribune; by his own account, he was "constantly in [von Stroheim's] company, seeing him almost daily" from then until the director's death in 1957. Their discussions included some talk of working together on von Stroheim's memoirs, but the only result was a half-hearted attempt that failed to interest any publishers. Curtiss obviously regarded himself as von Stroheim's official biographer, but subsequent researchers (notably Richard Koszarski) have demonstrated that he swallowed the filmmaker's own version of his life rather too uncritically. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood, Custen, George F.
20 Custen, George F. Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood
New York BasicBooks (c.1997) 0-465-07619-X / 9780465076192 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, very light bumping at spine ends, minimal shelfwear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket slightly wrinkled along top edge, one tiny tear at top front foldover (B&W photographs) "In this major new biography, [the author] illuminates Zanuck's evolution into one of the most influential producers in American film. He explains what set him apart from rivals Irving Thalberg and David O. Selznick, how he developed the gritty realism that came to redefine motion pictures, and how he brilliantly predicted and capitalized on changing public tastes." (Ever notice how every biography these days has to have some big pretentious subtitle?) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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