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The Films of Ronald Colman, Quirk, Lawrence J.
101 Quirk, Lawrence J. The Films of Ronald Colman
Secacus NJ The Citadel Press (c.1977) 0-8065-0562-1 / 9780806505626 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Anderson 
[minimal shelfwear, slight bump to bottom rear corner, very light foxing to top edge, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on ffep; jacket shows light wear and minor wrinkling at extremities]. (B&W photographs) A film-by-film chronicle of the career of this most polished of screen actors, who became a star in the late silent era and transitioned smoothly to talkies -- one might even say transcended, when you take into account that wonderful voice. The usual: cast, credits and synopses for all his films, plus an introductory biographical essay and a portrait gallery. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*], Ralston, Esther
102 Ralston, Esther Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press 1985 0-8108-1814-0 / 9780810818149 First Edition Hardcover Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, with no discernible wear; appears unread]. (Filmmakers, No. 11) Series (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription, beneath her frontispiece portrait photo. "One of the top contract players at Paramount in the Twenties, Esther Ralston brought considerable elegance and grace to such productions as PETER PAN, BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK, A KISS FOR CINDERELLA, OLD IRONSIDES and THE CASE OF LENA SMITH. All of those films are discussed here, as is her childhood, when she worked on stage with her family, billed as 'Baby Esther, America's Youngest Juliet'; her first entry into films as an extra in the mid 'teens; and her working relationship with such colorful characters as Dorothy Arzner, Herbert Brenon, Gary Cooper, and Josef von Sternberg." Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*], Rich, Sharon
103 Rich, Sharon Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*]
New York Donald I. Fine, Inc. (c.1994) 1-55611-407-9 / 9781556114076 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Karen Katz 
(price-clipped) [slightly dust-soiled on top edge, otherwise a very nice copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only light surface wear, would also rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the ffep by both the author and Jon Eddy (illegitimate son of Nelson), who wrote the book's introduction. Detailed chronicle of the romantic singing duo's on- and off-screen romance, the latter purportedly "revealed here for the first time." Well, not exactly. The writer of this tome co-authored an earlier treatment of the same subject away back in 1976, entitled "Farewell to Dreams," an exceedingly strange (and now very hard-to-find) work that read like a romance novel, cross-pollinated with soft-core porn in the Jacqueline Susann vein -- including some steamy and rather explicit accounts of sexual encounters between the golden pair. I haven't taken the time to plow through the nearly 500 pages of the present volume to see if this approach has been maintained. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood], Rogowski, Zbigniew K.
104 Rogowski, Zbigniew K. Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood]
Warszawa [Warsaw] Oficyna Wydawnicza Szczepan Szymanski 1994 83-86469-04-8 / 9788386469048 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated boards; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [minor shelfwear only]. (B&W and color photographs) The author (1923-2007) was a minor Polish actor, but a prolific Hollywood correspondent for various Polish publications. As the book's photographs -- almost exclusively of the "here I am with Celebrity X" variety -- attest, he managed to finagle access to some of Hollywood's top names, scoring (presumably) exclusive interviews, which are presented here in POLISH TRANSLATION. His subjects included: Hal Roach, Pola Negri, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda ("Henry'ego Fondy"), Evelyn Keyes, Gregory Peck, John Gielgud, George Cukor, Harry Wolf, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Telly Savalas, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Wilder, Milton Krasner, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Robert Wise, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Peter Falk, Mel Brooks, Rick Baker, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Wagner, Bronislaw Kaper, Roman Polanski, Stacy Keach, Arthur Hiller, Lois Nettleton, and a few others. Mel Brooks and Billy Wilder seem to have been particular favorites, as there are several interviews with each. But in case you weren't paying attention at the top, or have already forgotten, the WHOLE BOOK IS IN POLISH. 
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Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe, Ross, Nathaniel Lester
105 Ross, Nathaniel Lester Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe
[n.p.] Quality RJ 1987 (c.1981, 1988) NO Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
[spine turned, faint foxing to top edge, tiny stain on fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket heavily foxed internally and along edges of jacket flaps, but the exterior shows only moderate wear, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Despite being (apparently) self-published, this is a well-researched and reasonably well-written biography of the "Man of a Thousand Faces," although it was eclipsed by Michael Blake's excellent (and better-produced) book on Chaney, published just a few years later. Interestingly, in his Introduction the author takes some rather pointed jabs at "a group of enterprising young gentlemen [who] got together to produce a magazine devoted to horror motion pictures," and (in his opinion) essentially defamed the memory of Chaney by dubbing him "Mister Monster" and improperly emphasizing his horror-film roles and persona above all other aspects of his life and career. (This is a pretty clear reference to Forrest J Ackerman and his "Famous Monsters of Filmland," and the author returns to grind that axe a little more in the closing pages of the book, complaining that "the man who had never really played a monster in his career" had been turned into a horror-film cult figure by "the collectors and their panderers.") Includes filmography, bibliography, index. [Note the peculiarity of the dating: 1987 appears on the title page, but "Copyright 1981, 1988" on the copyright page.] 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Zero Dances: A Biography of Zero Mostel, Sainer, Arthur
106 Sainer, Arthur Zero Dances: A Biography of Zero Mostel
New York Limelight Editions 1998 0-87910-096-6 / 9780879100964 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Zina Saunders 
[nice clean copy, very light bumps to a couple of corners, otherwise no significant wear; jacket shows light surface handing wear only]. (B&W photographs) "The unconventional biography he deserves," per the jacket blurb. The author's "research, particularly among members of the Mostel family, has been prodigious and the facts of Zero's life are here. But the author does not hesitate to speculate when the facts are not known, to digress when there is a good story to tell, to flash backward and forward in time, even to imagine a dialogue between Zero and Woody Allen. If he sometimes defies custom, he does so reflecting the spirit of his subject, a man who in his work and his life recognized few boundaries." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Heyday: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*], Schary, Dore
107 Schary, Dore Heyday: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1979) 0-316-77270-4 / 9780316772709 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Irwin Glusker Signed by Author
[book itself is as new, with no discernible wear; jacket a bit scraped at base of spine, otherwise quite nice]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED (no inscription) by the author on the title page. Memoir by the writer-producer who was head of production at M-G-M at the height of the HUAC/McCarthy Era, and thus found himself, shall we say, somewhat conflicted due to his generally liberal politics. Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Elia Kazan: A Biography, Schickel, Richard
108 Schickel, Richard Elia Kazan: A Biography
New York HarperCollins (c.2005) 0-06-019579-7 / 9780060195793 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich 
[nice clean copy, virtually as-new, NO remainder or other marks, slight bumping at spine ends; jacket shows only very light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Good Morning Boys: Will Hay, Master of Comedy, Seaton, Ray, and Roy Martin
109 Seaton, Ray, and Roy Martin Good Morning Boys: Will Hay, Master of Comedy
London Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. 1978 0-214-20554-1 / 9780214205545 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light shelfwear, minor bumping to a couple of corners, faint discoloration to endpapers, slight musty smell; jacket shows light edgewear, minor soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The first biography of Will Hay, the immensely popular British music hall star who also had a significant late-career success in films from 1934 through 1943. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Film-makers, Sherman, Eric, and Martin Rubin
110 Sherman, Eric, and Martin Rubin The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Film-makers
New York Atheneum 1970 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[slight fading to boards along top and bottom edges, no other significant wear; jacket moderately scuffed and rubbed, tiny tear at bottom rear hinge, soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The interview subjects are: Budd Boetticher, Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller, Arthur Penn, and Abraham Polonsky. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Film-makers [*SIGNED* by Budd Boetticher], Sherman, Eric, and Martin Rubin
111 Sherman, Eric, and Martin Rubin The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Film-makers [*SIGNED* by Budd Boetticher]
New York Atheneum 1970 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [minor shelfwear, bumped at base of spine; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed, bumped and slightly edgeworn surrounding base of spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page by director Budd Boetticher, one of the interview subjects. The others are Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller, Arthur Penn, and Abraham Polonsky. Signed by Notable Personage, Related 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Films of D.W. Griffith, Simmon, Scott
112 Simmon, Scott The Films of D.W. Griffith
Cambridge/New York Cambridge University Press 1993 0-521-38128-2 / 9780521381284 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Dennis M. Arnold 
[nice tight clean copy (review copy, with publisher's slip laid in), no discernible wear; jacket slightly faded at spine, otherwise unblemished]. (Cambridge Film Classics) Series (B&W photographs) The book "serves as an introduction to, and a cultural argument for, the work of the first widely acknowledged master filmmaker. Situating D.W. Griffith within film history and American studies, [the author] addresses Griffith's competing reputations as a genius of cinematic form and a retrograde purveyor of reactionary and racist tales." There is of course an extended discussion of THE BIRTH OF A NATION and INTOLERANCE, but Simmon also "identifies the enduring works among the approximately 450 shorter films that Griffith directed for the Biograph Company between 1908 and 1913, years of rapid change in the film industry. Select bibliography; filmographies; index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Power of Bruce Lee, Simmons, Paul, and the Editors of Kung Fu Monthly
113 Simmons, Paul, and the Editors of Kung Fu Monthly The Power of Bruce Lee
(n.p.) Bunch Books / Paradise Press Inc. (c.1979) 0-89009-296-6 / 9780890092965 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[shelfwear and light bumping to bottom edge, minor wear to boards at extremities; jacket has a couple of small tears along top edge, light rubbing/soiling]. (B&W and color photographs, line drawings) This "illustrated analysis of Bruce Lee's fighting systems" stays true to its premise that Lee was "possibly the greatest exponent of the Chinese martial arts this century has produced," by focusing substantially on his techniques and maneuvers rather than on his film career per se -- although inevitably most of the book's photographic illustrations are related to his film and television appearances. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*], Skal, David J., and Elias Savada
114 Skal, David J., and Elias Savada Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*]
New York Anchor Books 1995 0-385-47406-7 / 9780385474061 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) C'MON 
[very nice copy, appears unread, with no discernible wear; jacket shows of a smidge of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by both authors on the title page, with an added inscription to a friend by author Savada. The first full-length biography of the director of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, DRACULA, FREAKS and other classics. "The authors chronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville family into the world of carnival sideshows (where he began his career literally buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his rapid climb to riches in the burgeoning silent film industry, and the alcoholism that would plague him throughout his life. Browning's legendary collaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Bela 'Dracula' Lugosi are explored in depth, along with the studio politics that ended his career after the bizarre circus drama FREAKS -- a cult classic today -- proved to be one of the biggest box-office disasters of the early thirties." Fully one-third of the book is taken up by a very detailed filmography of Browning's work. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 60.00 USD
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James Williamson: Studies and Documents of a Pioneer of the Film Narrative, Sopocy, Martin
115 Sopocy, Martin James Williamson: Studies and Documents of a Pioneer of the Film Narrative
Madison/Teaneck NJ Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (c.1998) 0-8386-3716-7 / 9780838637166 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[virtually as new, no wear to book at all; jacket has a tiny crease at top edge of the front panel, otherwise flawless]. (B&W photographs Detailed study of the work of an important British film pioneer, active from 1898 to 1909, "a man of unusual talents and energies, [who] was father of the multi-shot chase and of the race-against-time. This study gives an extended account of his work as a pioneer of the film narrative and identifies the contexts out of which it grew," including a comparative analysis of the British and American film markets of the time. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Douglas Sirk, Stern, Michael
116 Stern, Michael Douglas Sirk
Boston Twayne Publishers 1979 0-8057-9269-4 / 9780805792690 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean tight copy, with just a trace of scraping to the gilt spine lettering & border, small bookstore stamp on ffep]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of the German-born stage and film director whose 50s melodramas (produced by Ross Hunter and others at Universal) raised the form to delirious heights. Among his classics are MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, WRITTEN ON THE WIND and IMITATION OF LIFE. Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Sirk's life and career, a selected bibliography and a detailed filmography. Because most of the books in this series went to libraries, it's a bit hard to find clean, unmarked copies. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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I Just Kept Hoping [*SIGNED*], Stuart, Gloria, with Sylvia Thompson
117 Stuart, Gloria, with Sylvia Thompson I Just Kept Hoping [*SIGNED*]
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1999) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice clean book, minor bumping to top of spine; faint surface wear to jacket]. (B&W and color photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the actress who essentially retired from the screen for over nearly forty years, made a few minor appearances in the 1980s, and then hit the jackpot with her role in James Cameron's TITANIC (1997), which brought her oodles of attention, including an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, making her at 87 the oldest actor to have ever been nominated for an Oscar. (Quick! -- who did she lose out to? Kim Basinger, in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. Don't feel bad, I had to look it up too.) Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Body and Soul: The Story of John Garfield, Swindell, Larry
118 Swindell, Larry Body and Soul: The Story of John Garfield
New York William Morrow & Co. 1975 0-688-02907-8 / 9780688029074 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good+ dj 
[a good solid copy, but with considerable foxing/spotting to page edges, previous owner's address label on ffep; jacket shows moderate surface rubbing, light wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "The definitive life story of Garfield, super actor and super stud [sorry, I'm just quoting here] -- of his brilliant career, his stormy marriage and tempestuous affairs, and his political misadventures in the feverish environment of Broadway and Hollywood. More than a biography, it is a bittersweet social portrait of the world of the performing arts during a time of travail." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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From a Life of Adventure: The Writings of Errol Flynn, Thomas, Tony, ed.
119 Thomas, Tony, ed. From a Life of Adventure: The Writings of Errol Flynn
Secaucus NJ Citadel Press (c.1980) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Anderson 
[remainder mark on bottom edge, bottom front corner bumped and slightly cracked; jacket shows only light surface wear, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. (B&W photographs) Compilation of the noted screen idol's writings, from his first pieces (published in an Australian newspaper in 1931) through his Hollywood years. Includes excerpts from his books, "Beam Ends" and "Showdown," as well as his first-hand accounts of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. An interesting look at the serious, intellectual side of one of Hollywood's most notorious hedonists. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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William A. Wellman, Thompson, Frank T.
120 Thompson, Frank T. William A. Wellman
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1983 0-8108-1594-X / 9780810815940 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice tight copy, very light handling wear, a couple of diagonally-creased top page corners]. (Filmmakers, no. 4) Series (B&W photographs) The first book-length critical study of the famously hard-boiled director of WINGS, THE PUBLIC ENEMY, BEAU GESTE, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT, THE STORY OF G.I. JOE, etc. Foreword by Barbara Stanwyck, who starred in five of Wellman's films. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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