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Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe, Ross, Nathaniel Lester
101 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
102 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
103 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
104 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
105 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
106 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
107 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
108 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
109 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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James Williamson: Studies and Documents of a Pioneer of the Film Narrative, Sopocy, Martin
110 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
111 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
112 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
113 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.
114 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.
115 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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Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes: A Life and a Story [*SIGNED*], Thomson, David
116 Thomson, David Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes: A Life and a Story [*SIGNED*]
New York Vintage Books 1988 0-394-75756-4 / 9780394757568 1st ptg. thus Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[tight, bright copy with very faint wear to front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("to _________" only) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Signed by Author 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Chaplin, Thursh, Joan, ed.
117 Thursh, Joan, ed. Chaplin
New York Dell Publishing Co. (c.1972) NO First Edition Magazine Very Good+ 
[nice copy, minor edgewear, slight soiling/scuffing to rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Special one-shot magazine-format tribute to Charles Chaplin, issued to coincide with and celebrate "His Triumphant Return to the U.S.--Loved and Admired by All," the occasion being his receipt of an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the first time he had set foot in the U.S. since his re-entry permit was revoked in 1952 (while he was on a European vacation) at the height of the McCarthy Era. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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A Valuable Property: The Life Story of Michael Todd [*SIGNED*], Todd, Michael Jr., and Susan McCarthy Todd
118 Todd, Michael Jr., and Susan McCarthy Todd A Valuable Property: The Life Story of Michael Todd [*SIGNED*]
New York Arbor House (c.1983) 0-87795-491-7 / 9780877954910 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Antler & Baldwin, Inc. 
[light foxing/spotting to top edge of text block, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows just a bit of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Michael Todd Jr. on the half-title page, a humorous inscription referring to himself as "the only Jew in Co. Catlow." Biography, by his children, of the "Broadway impresario, high-stakes gambler, lover of stars, husband of one of the world's most glamorous women, and Hollywood producer who gave the world a landmark movie." That glamorous woman, of course, was Elizabeth Taylor, who has supplied the book's Foreword Signed by One Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Chaplin: Last of the Clowns, Tyler, Parker
119 Tyler, Parker Chaplin: Last of the Clowns
New York The Vanguard Press, Inc. (c.1948) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[no significant wear to book, bookplate on ffep; jacket a little edgeworn, a few tiny scuff marks on front panel, 1-1/4" closed tear at top of rear panel, a little fading to spine]. (B&W photographs) "Here in penetrating, sensitive prose is the first comprehensive study of the great comedian's art. If incidentally it indicates facets of Chaplin as a man, it is always as the man who has fallen in love with a dream, and somehow always behaved -- no matter how contradictorily -- in accordance with that dream." (I think we need Myra Breckinridge to parse that statement for us!) This was Tyler's third book, following the two ("The Hollywood Hallucination" and "Magic and Myth of the Movies," published in 1944 and 1947 respectively) which are the foundation of his reputation as a visionary film critic. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Charlie Chaplin: King of Tragedy, von Ulm, Gerith
120 von Ulm, Gerith Charlie Chaplin: King of Tragedy
Caldwell ID The Caxton Printers, Ltd. 1940 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj 
[nice clean book, minor shelfwear and light bumping to bottom edge, faint old bookseller's stamp on front pastedown; jacket edgeworn, paper loss at spine ends, several splits/tears internally and archivally mended by a professional paper conservator]. (B&W photographs, illustrated endpapers) "An Unauthorized Biography" by a leftist writer whose jacket-blurb bio declares her fealty to the anti-Fascist ideals of the League of American Writers. She states in her Foreword that she "has made no effort to please Chaplin, nor to placate his friends; but has endeavored to reveal as much of the truth as is compatible with good taste." She acknowledges as her primary source Toraichi Kono, Chaplin's Japanese secretary, [who] has seen through the years, promises broken, obligations evaded, a ruthlessness toward women, a cowardice of the practical mechanics of life all beyond his understanding." (Chaplin himself is quoted as having described Kono, who had worked for him for 18 years, as "my man-Friday. He is everything -- nurse, valet, private secretary, and bodyguard.") Kono left Chaplin's employ in 1934, reportedly due to conflicts with Paulette Goddard, who had gotten together with Chaplin a year or two earlier (and married him in 1936). Von Ulm and Kono were to split the proceeds from the book 50-50, but the path to publication wasn't smooth; as other would-be Chaplin biographers had earlier discovered, the Little Tramp got rather aggressive whenever an unflattering biography threatened to appear. This book, completed as early as 1937, was scuttled by at least one New York publisher (William Morrow) and didn't see the light of print (and in Idaho!) for another three years. As for Kono himself, in 1941 he was accused of spying for Japan, and although he was never prosecuted the government wasted no time in tossing him into an internment camp after Pearl Harbor; he remained incarcerated in various camps for the duration and then some, not gaining his release until 1947 -- upon which he returned to Los Angeles to work with the Tule Lake Defense Committee to advocate for the restoration of American citizenship to Japanese-American internees. [NOTE that there have been some repairs performed to the dust jacket by a professional paper conservator.] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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