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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The First Forty Years, (UCLA Film and Television Archive)
1 (UCLA Film and Television Archive) Hallmark Hall of Fame: The First Forty Years
Los Angeles UCLA Film and Television Archive 1991 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[tiny bend at bottom corner of front cover, otherwise as-new]. (B&W photographs) Tribute/program guide for a retrospective series of programs from the first four decades of long-running drama series, which began in the era of live TV and continues to this day. Includes program notes (by Kenneth Kirby) for the 32 programs presented in the series proper, presented throughout August and September 1991, plus notes for three additional out-of-series shows included in UCLA's annual Festival of Preservation. The program is a nice mix of HHoF's repertoire, which ranged from the tried-and-true high-toned theatre ("Hamlet," "Macbeth," "The Little Foxes") to hit musicals ("Kiss Me Kate," "The Fantasticks") to new adaptations of literary classics ("All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Secret Garden," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") to original productions such as "My Name is Bill W." and "The Marva Collins Story." Supplementing the more detailed notes for the program in the series, there is also a full rundown of all the HHoF shows from 1951 through 1991, with credits and brief notes. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The 40th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards 1988 [program], Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
2 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences The 40th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards 1988 [program]
(n.p.) Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 1988 NO First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, mild edgewear]. (B&W/color photographs, graphics) Program book for the 40th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards. The theme of the program (and hence of the program book) was "Forty Years of Memories," so the listing of the year's nominees is interspersed with various nostalgic and historic photographs. The Governors Award that year was given to Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, who get a page to themselves; there are small head shots of all the acting nominees. Includes complete credits for the program, produced that year by Lorne Michaels (there's a one-page bio of him, too). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Funny Men Don't Laugh, Auerbach, Arnold M.
3 Auerbach, Arnold M. Funny Men Don't Laugh
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company Inc. 1965 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Tomi Ungerer 
(price-clipped) [very light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor dust-soiling to top edge, the teensiest bumping to the top front corner; jacket shows a little edge- and surface-wear, minor wrinkling, and a little soiling to the rear panel, but SEE NOTES for its dirty little secret]. Autobiography of a radio gagman during "the heyday of the stand-up comedian. [The author] was just starting out in show business and he remembers those frenetic, incredible days when he -- and his college friend Herman Wouk -- worked first for the unbelievable Lou Jacobs and then for master comedian Fred Allen." [NOTE regarding the jacket: the previous owner of this book went to rather extreme (and unwise) lengths to "preserve" the jacket, by wrapping a piece of clear plastic around it (so far so good), but then *taping* the plastic to the inside of the jacket around *all* its edges; as a consequence of this misbegotten methodology, if you turn the jacket over (but really, why would you?), you will observe numerous pieces of tape still adhering thereto, along with various scars and scrapes from which bits I was able to carefully remove. From the front of the jacket, however, none of this will disturb your eye at all, so I suggest that you (a) buy the book, and (b) forget all about what you've just read, which has been offered in the interests of full disclosure only.] 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Television Plays [The Bachelor Party; Printer's Measure; Holiday Song; The Big Deal; The Mother; Marty], Chayefsky, Paddy
4 Chayefsky, Paddy Television Plays [The Bachelor Party; Printer's Measure; Holiday Song; The Big Deal; The Mother; Marty]
New York Simon and Schuster 1955 3rd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Hollander 
[lovely copy, tight and clean, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows only the slightest bit of surface wear, but is bright and unfaded]. Six plays by the writer who, in the world of live TV drama during the 1950s, "established a standard of quality against which all other TV plays may be measured." Includes the author's commentaries on each script, "describing how each play was written, produced and acted." A very nice copy of a book often found (especially the jacket) with considerable wear. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Complete Fawlty Towers, Cleese, John, & Connie Booth
5 Cleese, John, & Connie Booth The Complete Fawlty Towers
New York Pantheon Books (c.1988) 0-679-72127-4 / 9780679721277 3rd printing Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, very light handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "The complete and unexpurgated scripts ... published in [their] entirety for the first time and illustrated with a host of hilarious photographs, [the book] will appeal to the millions of fans who have suffered through endless PBS fundraisers waiting for the next episode -- and anyone who has survived a package holiday tour." (For my money, just about the funniest TV show ever.) 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Outlook for Television, Dunlap, Orrin E., Jr.
6 Dunlap, Orrin E., Jr. The Outlook for Television
New York Arno Press and the New York Times 1971 (c.1932) 0-405-03564-0 / 9780405035647 Reprint Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor spotting on front cover, otherwise a nice tight clean book; NOT ex-library]. (History of Broadcasting: Radio to Television) Series (B&W photo frontispiece, other photos) Facsimile reprint of the 1932 edition, published by Harper & Brothers. The author was the radio editor of the New York Times, and the author of numerous tomes about the radio business. The frontispiece is a portrait photo of Guglielmo Marconi, reproducing his inscription to the author. The book's Foreword is by the legendary William S. Paley, President of the Columbia Broadcasting System. Also includes an interesting "Epilogue," in which "the possible effect of television on various fields of human activitity is discussed" by a group of luminaries including Real Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Dr. Lee De Forest and S.L. Rothafel (Roxy), the latter stating that "already in our plans for Radio City, television is given a place [and] I am inclined to believe that in five years, because our scientists work with such amazing rapidity these days, the stage and television will be one." The Appendix includes "Calendar of Wireless-Radio-Television," with significant dates from 640 B.C. to April 7, 1932, and a list of TV stations in the U.S. (all 38 of them) and Canada (7). Index. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Commercials Book, Ettedgui, Peter, and Paul Kemp Robertson, eds.
7 Ettedgui, Peter, and Paul Kemp Robertson, eds. The Commercials Book
Crans, Switzerland Rotovision SA 1997 2-88046-341-9 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(glossy pictorial boards, no dust jacket, as issued) [moderate surface wear, bumped corners; otherwise a good clean copy]. (Mastercraft Series) Series (color photographs, frame enlargements) Oversize hardcover book (approximately 11x14), detailing "how 32 of the world's best directors make their commercials," with textual explanations/interviews with the makers and shot-by-shot reproductions of the commercials themselves. Filmmakers and production firms featured include: Aardman Animations; Michael Bay; Jonathan Glazer; Michel Gondry; Hugh Hudson; Ridley Scott; Joe Sedelmaier; Michael Seresin; Paul Weiland; and Howard Zieff. Foreword by Sir David Puttnam. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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8 Goldberg, Lee Unsold TV Pilots: The Almost Complete Guide to Everything You Never Saw ON TV 1955-1990
New York Citadel Press/Carol Publishing Group (c.1991) 0-8065-1242-3 / 9780806512426 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[some surface-scratching to front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photo frontispiece) "Documented here is the history of television shows, from the sublime to the ridiculous, that never made it to series. Entries for 300 pilots give plot summaries, casts, production credits, running times, airdates, and, in many cases, review quotes and the details behind the pilot's development and ultimate failure." 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Ten Years Before the Mike [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger], Husing, Ted
9 Husing, Ted Ten Years Before the Mike [*SIGNED* to Mark Hellinger]
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj portrait) James Montgomery Flagg Signed by Author
[book is solid and clean, with some slightly uneven fading to the cloth; jacket lightly rubbed/soiled, with a fairly unobtrusive scratch on the front panel that has resulted in two tiny holes]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED with a bit of blank verse (to noted columnist Mark Hellinger) and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; inscription dated in the author's hand November 4, 1935. For anybody who listened to the radio during the pre-World War II era -- by which of course I mean virtually every man, woman and child in America -- Ted Husing's voice was a ubiquitous presence in their lives. He covered news and political events (he was the original voice of the March of Time), served as an announcer/straight man for George Burns and Gracie Allen, voiced commercials, and most of all, did sports -- boy, did he ever. From the network's founding in 1927 until he departed in 1946, he was CBS's star performer in that realm -- not just for football and baseball (he did seven World Series), but also boxing, track and field, tennis, golf, horse racing, the Indianapolis 500 and the Olympic Games -- and it's not stretching a point too much to say that Husing pretty much invented the modern style of colorful and opinionated play-by-play sports commentary. Immensely popular with the listening public, he could also be difficult and controversial: he was once barred from covering Harvard's football games after using the word "putrid" to describe one of its star player's performances (an incident he discusses in Chapter XI), and baseball czar Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis laid a similar banishment on him for his on-air criticism of the umpires during the 1934 World Series. Signed by Author 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Television: The Revolution [title on jacket: Television: The Revolutionary Industry], Lee, Robert E.
10 Lee, Robert E. Television: The Revolution [title on jacket: Television: The Revolutionary Industry]
New York Essential Books (c.1944) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[bottom corners bumped, no other significant wear to book; jacket has small tears at both ends of spine, old tape-repair at base of spine, a few other small nicks, moderate soiling]. "A trip backstage in the television industry of the future. Without a syllable of technicality, the book deals with the problems facing the infant art [and] scrutinizes sight radio's gravest problem: who's going to pay the bills?" Some of the chapter headings: "What Do You Expect of Television?"; "What's Going to Happen to the Movies?"; "Monkey Wrenches"; and "Television as a Force for Freedom." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Complete Actors' Television Credits, 1948-1988: Second Edition: Volume 1: Actors, Parish, James Robert, and Vincent Terrace
11 Parish, James Robert, and Vincent Terrace The Complete Actors' Television Credits, 1948-1988: Second Edition: Volume 1: Actors
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1989 0-8108-2204-0 / 9780810822047 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor bump to base of spine, extremely light shelfwear, otherwise clean and as-new]. (B&W photographs) Alphabetical listing of TV acting credits for 1,587 male performers, covering "all entertainment programs broadcast on network and cable TV and those made for syndication," including series, variety shows, specials, made-for-TV movies, cartoons, pilots (aired and unaired), etc. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Complete Actors' Television Credits, 1948-1988: Second Edition: Volume 2: Actresses, Parish, James Robert, and Vincent Terrace
12 Parish, James Robert, and Vincent Terrace The Complete Actors' Television Credits, 1948-1988: Second Edition: Volume 2: Actresses
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1989 0-8108-2258-X / 9780810822580 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [small wrinkle in spine, faint scuff mark on front cover, light wear to a few pages noticeable at fore-edge]. (B&W photographs) Alphabetical listing of TV acting credits for 1,739 female performers, covering "all entertainment programs broadcast on network and cable TV and those made for syndication," including series, variety shows, specials, made-for-TV movies, cartoons, pilots (aired and unaired), etc. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Chosen Image: Television's Portrayal of Jewish Themes and Characters, Pearl, Jonathan, and Judith Pearl
13 Pearl, Jonathan, and Judith Pearl The Chosen Image: Television's Portrayal of Jewish Themes and Characters
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company (c.1999) 0-7864-0522-8 / 9780786405220 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [lovely clean copy, the tiniest imaginable dents in bottom edges of both covers]. Chapter titles indicate the themes examined: Rites and Rituals, Lore and Traditions; Encountering America (the experience of Jewish immigrants during various time periods in difference parts of the country); Anti-Semitism; The Holocaust; Israel; Intermarriage. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Singing Detective, Potter, Dennis
14 Potter, Dennis The Singing Detective
New York Vintage Books 1988 (c.1986) 0-679-72046-4 / 9780679720461 Book Club Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice unread copy, very light soiling to bottom edge, inside clean]. Trade PB Script for the acclaimed British TV series, about a hospitalized writer who "feverishly drifts between present and past, jumbling the facts of his life with the cheap fiction of his detective novels. He and the other characters periodically break into song, bizarrely miming the words from old 1940s recordings featuring everybody from Bing Crosby to Dick Haymes." [Note that this is the book club edition, not the trade paperback edition, although for all intents and purposes they are identical.] 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Radio and Television: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography: Supplement Two, 1982-1986, Pringle, Peter K., and Helen H. Clinton
15 Pringle, Peter K., and Helen H. Clinton Radio and Television: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography: Supplement Two, 1982-1986
Metuchen NJ/London Scarecrow Press 1989 0-8108-2158-3 / 9780810821583 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor exterior rubbing/scuffing, mostly to rear cover]. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Small House Half-way Up in the Next Block: Paul Rhymer's Vic and Sade, Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer)
16 Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer) The Small House Half-way Up in the Next Block: Paul Rhymer's Vic and Sade
New York McGraw-Hill Book Company (c.1972) 0-07-073792-4 / 9780070737921 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino 
[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to base of spine, no other significant wear; jacket shows minor surface wear, a touch of dog-earing at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, drawings) Introduction by Ray Bradbury; line drawings by Franklin McMahon. Thirty scripts from the classic radio series, which enjoyed a 14-year run (1932-1946), that still read as laugh-out-loud funny even if (like most of the population) you have no memory of the original shows. If the titles alone don't crack you up -- "Casting the Pageant 'Shining Waters Flowing to the Sea'"; "Smelly Clark to Change His Age from 16 to 21"; "Rush's Slumber Party Enters by the Window"; and so on -- then, well, all I can say is: it's your loss, sister. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Vic and Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer, Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer)
17 Rhymer, Paul (ed. by Mary Frances Rhymer) Vic and Sade: The Best Radio Plays of Paul Rhymer
New York The Seabury Press (c.1976) 0-8164-9284-0 / 9780816492848 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a solid copy, but with a dampstain affecting the bottom corners, front and rear, of both the jacket and the book; almost no effect on the book's pages, though, except for a minor stain at the bottom corner of the rear endpaper and the last text page]. These classic radio scripts are, quite simply, laugh-out-loud funny -- and occasionally so insanely imaginative as to border on the surreal. As Jean Shepherd puts it in his insightful foreword, "great reputations exist in the theater or the novel on far less profound and effective work that Rhymer's. In fact, he probably wrote more funny lines in one month of daily scripts than the combined output of five of the leading playwrights of modern times." He also notes that "these works were written to be performed, and yet in spite of that they come alive, snapping and crackling, off the page. Rhymer reads better than any of the so-called ' serious' writers of his era. The Vic & Sade scripts are not only still fresh and funny, but are absolutely recognizable as an authentic picture of American life which persists in millions of homes today." Shepherd is right on the money -- and I defy you to read such gems as "Sade and Ruthie Each Mail the Other a Five-Dollar Bill" or "Applying for a $4.80 Refund from the Lodge" without dissolving into a helpless fit of giggling. If you can resist this stuff, you've got a cavity where your funny-bone oughta be. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Of Mice and Mickey: The Complete Guide to the Mickey Mouse Club, Rovin, Jeff
18 Rovin, Jeff Of Mice and Mickey: The Complete Guide to the Mickey Mouse Club
New York Manor Books Inc. 1975 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[nice clean copy with moderate edge/corner wear, faint crease in spine]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Visions from The Twilight Zone, Schumer, Arlen
19 Schumer, Arlen Visions from The Twilight Zone
San Francisco Chronicle Books (c.1990) 0-87701-682-8 / 9780877016823 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[minor external wear, otherwise as new]. (B&W photographs) Not a history of the Rod Serling-spawned cult TV show, but rather an attempt to capture "the elusive, surrealistic essence" of the program, "using an ingenious juxtaposition of words and photography faithfully reproduced to convey the experience of watching black and white television." (For those who can't actually remember black and white television, I guess.) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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20 Settel, Irving, ed. Top TV Shows of the Year 1954-1955
New York Hastings House/Comm. Arts (c.1955) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [minimal shelfwear, minor soiling to top edge, paper-covered boards are a little browned around the edges, inside very clean]. (B&W photographs) Includes scripts from "Johns Hopkins Science Review"; "The Jackie Gleason Show (The Honeymooners)"; "See It Now" ("Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy"); "Elisha and the Long Knives" (Kraft TV Theatre); "Native Dancer" (Goodyear TV Playhouse); "The Thinking Heart" (Kraft TV Theatre); "Camel News Caravan"; "What's My Line?"; "Meet the Press"; "The Home Show." 
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