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Hollywood Honors Elia Kazan, Filmmaker & Informer, Walsh, David
121 Walsh, David Hollywood Honors Elia Kazan, Filmmaker & Informer
Oak Park MI Mehring Books, Inc. (c.1999) 0-929087-98-4 / 9780929087986 First Edition Stapled wraps Fine 
[nice clean copy, no discernible wear]. 40-page booklet (including covers; text is 30 pages, with ads taking up the rest of the space), issued to protest the presentation of an honorary Academy Award to Elia Kazan in 1999. Kazan, whose gifts as a filmmaker were and are unquestioned, had nonetheless long been a political lightning rod due to his decision to "inform" on former Communist Party colleagues during the McCarthy Era. The Academy's decision to bestow the award on Kazan proved, if nothing else, that passions still run deep on this issue, even after nearly half a century. 
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Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director, Walsh, Raoul
122 Walsh, Raoul Each Man in His Time: The Life Story of a Director
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1974 0-374-14553-9 / 9780374145538 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ronald Clyne 
(price-clipped) [spine a little turned, very slight fading to cloth along top edge; jacket a bit dog-eared at top of spine, moderate soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Rip-roaring memoir by the veteran director who began his career as an actor in the silent days (he played John Wilkes Booth in D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION), but soon established himself as one of those "man's man" directors that Hollywood used to specialize in. (His career as an actor, which continued into the 1920s, was derailed when he lost his right eye in a freak car accident on location in Arizona in 1929.) He was just about the perfect "house director" for Warner Bros., where he spent much of his career and made enormous contributions to the drive and pace of studio product, particularly in the gangster and western genres, with films like THE ROARING TWENTIES, HIGH SIERRA, THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, DARK COMMAND, WHITE HEAT, etc. (The writing of this memoir, as well as William Wellman's, which appeared the same year, seems to have been prompted in part by the directors' participation in Richard Schickel's 1973 documentary/interview series "The Men Who Made the Movies.") 
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Elizabeth Taylor, Waterbury, Ruth
123 Waterbury, Ruth Elizabeth Taylor
New York Appleton-Century (c.1964) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, spine very slightly turned; jacket shows a little surface wear, additional slight bumping/wear around top of spine]. (B&W photographs) One of the first reasonably serious biographies of La Liz, by a well-connected Hollywood journalist -- a one-time editor of Photoplay Magazine, who wound up on the staff of the famous (and dreaded) columnist Louella Parsons. This book (it sez here) was "based on [her] long acquaintance with the star, dating back to her film debut -- at the age of ten -- in LASSIE COME HOME. The result is an intimate, informed, yet always objective and fair portrait of a rare human being, revealing the basic underlying patterns of her controversial and unconventional life." 
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Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry, Watkins, Mel
124 Watkins, Mel Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry
New York Pantheon Books (c.2005) 0-375-42382-6 / 9780375423826 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Brian Barth 
[beautiful clean copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket shows only light surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) The first full-scale biography of the first African-American movie star, whose talents were channeled by the narrow and essentially racist world-view of the Hollywood mainstream cinema into comic portrayals of lazy, shiftless black men -- stereotypical roles of the worst sort, which he filled with such brilliance that his very name became a kind of shorthand for the stereotype itself. Ironically, his on-screen subserviance made him an off-screen millionaire, "the highest paid and most popular black comedian in America during Hollywood's Golden Age," but his off-screen behavior and extravagant lifestyle eventually drove him into bankruptcy and near-destitution. He fortunately lived long enough to have been "rediscovered" and honored for his achievements, but he was a controversial and even (by some) reviled figure right to the end, and even today it's hard for modern audiences to see through the stereotypical characters to the talented man behind them. 
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I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers, Weaver, Tom
125 Weaver, Tom I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2001) 0-7864-1000-0 / 9780786410002 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated pictorial boards; no dust jacket, as issued) [very nice, as-new copy, with just a small surface-scratch to the rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Despite its ridiculous title (just because somebody has done a handful of films in the genre hardly makes them a "Monster Movie Maker"), this is a valuable collection of interviews with (mostly) obscure but interesting actors, directors and other filmmakers. Most of the interviews, all of which had been previously published in "abridged" (i.e. edited) versions in various magazines, run less than 20 pages; fortunately the longest, at 29 pages, is with the one person out of the 22 who could arguably be called a major creative figure, actor/director/producer Norman Lloyd. The others are: Phil Brown; Booth Colman; Faith Domergue; Michael Forest; Nelson Gidding; Anne Helm; Candace Hilligoss (star of the immortal CARNIVAL OF SOULS); Michael A. Hoey; John Kerr; Phyllis Kirk; Suzanna Leigh; Yvonne Lime; Maureen O'Sullivan; Paul Picerni; Anthony M. Taylor; Shirley Ulmer (wife and collaborator of director Edgar G. Ulmer); Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian!); Joan Weldon; June Wilkinson; William Read Woodfield; Dana Wynter. 
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A Short Time for Insanity: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*], Wellman, William A.
126 Wellman, William A. A Short Time for Insanity: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
New York Hawthorn Books, Inc. (c.1974) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mark Rubin Design Signed by Author
[moderately worn copy, some light soiling and faint foxing to page edges; jacket stained internally along top edge, but this is not visible in any way from the exterior, which shows only a bit of wear at the corners and some scuffing/rubbing to the surface]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author (signature only; no inscription) on the half-title page. "From the perspective of a hospital bed, through a drug-induced haze, Wellman's memory makes connections between events in life that his rational mind would never perceive." Further proof that they didn't call him "Wild Bill" for nothing. The best thing possible would be, before reading this book, to take a look at the filmed interview with Wellman done by Richard Schickel for the PBS series "The Men Who Made the Movies," just to get a fix on the director's personality. Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Pearl White, the Peerless Fearless Girl, Weltman, Manuel, and Raymond Lee
127 Weltman, Manuel, and Raymond Lee Pearl White, the Peerless Fearless Girl
South Brunswick NJ/London A. S. Barnes & Co. / Thomas Yoseloff Ltd. (c.1969) 0-498-06860-9 / 9780498068607 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minor soiling to cloth at bottom edge, very slight "ripple" to pages, previous owner's name/address stamp on ffep; jacket shows a little shelfwear, minor soiling/rubbing]. (B&W photographs) Although purporting to be "the first factual account of Pearl's colorful and dramatic life," the authors have chosen "a most unusual format for their book, presenting the essential facts of Pearl's life as if the book were a scenario for one of her exciting serials. Much of the story is told in the form of dialogue between Pearl and her friends, directors, family and servants. The book also includes many little-known episodes from Pearl's later life in Europe." 
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The Westmores of Hollywood, Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson
128 Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson The Westmores of Hollywood
Philadelphia/New York J. B. Lippincott Company (c.1976) 0-397-01102-4 / 9780397011025 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Wendell Minor 
[spotting to bottom edge, otherwise a solid, apparently unread copy; jacket very nice except for some minor scraping along the lower front hinge and at one tiny spot near the top of the spine]. (B&W photographs) The saga of Hollywood's make-up dynasty. 
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Arriving in Hollywood: Letters 1929, Whale, James
129 Whale, James Arriving in Hollywood: Letters 1929
Santa Barbara CA Santa Teresa Press 1989 0-94166-03-2 First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[virtually as new, very slight edgewear, a bit of rustiness to staples]. Reprints three letters written by the noted director of JOURNEY'S END, FRANKENSTEIN, THE INVISIBLE MAN, etc., shortly after his arrival in Hollywood from England. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by co-editor Jim Pepper on the title page. Printing limited to 300 copies. Signed by Editor 
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Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon [*SIGNED*], Wilcoxon, Henry, with Katherine Orrison
130 Wilcoxon, Henry, with Katherine Orrison Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon [*SIGNED*]
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1991 0-8108-2476-0 / 9780810824768 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (cover design) Sue Slutzky 
[minor bump and very slight fraying at bottom front corner, tiny dent in top edge of front cover, no other significant wear; jacket shows slight rubbing and faint soiling, one little closed tear at top of front panel]. (Filmmakers, No. 27) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by co-author Orrison, who had worked with Wilcoxon on the book and completed it for publication seven years after his death -- although it's not quite a true autobiography, as it focuses quite heavily on the actor's collaboration with producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, which began in 1933 and ended with DeMille's death in 1959. In addition to memorable on-screen portrayals in numerous DeMille films (including CLEOPATRA, THE CRUSADES, SAMSON AND DELILAH and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS), he also served as DeMille's associate producer on several productions. The book draws on the usual kinds of archival sources -- diaries, letters, scrapbooks, etc. -- but also benefits from Wilcoxon's practice of "writing down DeMille's actual words and thoughts" during their collaborations. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Howard Hawks [*SIGNED* by Hawks], Wood, Robin
131 Wood, Robin Howard Hawks [*SIGNED* by Hawks]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company Inc. 1968 NO 1st U.S. edition Softcover Softcover Good 
[covers are edgeworn, especially along front hinge, which is somewhat deterioriated, with the front cover just beginning to separate from the spine at the bottom; the binding itself is solid, however, and the text clean]. (Cinema World, No. 7) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the title page by Howard Hawks. This was the first serious book in English to be devoted to Hawks's work, by one of his earliest champions (at least on this side of the Atlantic). Wood (1931-2009) was an influential British-born film critic whose prose style was an important complement to his critical insights; he had been an early contributor to the U.K. journal "Movie," the first English-language periodical to fly the auteurist banner. This was his second book; his first, on Alfred Hitchcock, was similarly ground-breaking. It's highly uncommon to find this (or any) book autographed by Hawks, who was not much known for giving either critics or fans much more than the time of day, regardless of whether or not he was wearing a watch. Signed by Biographee 
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Audrey Hepburn, Woodward, Ian
132 Woodward, Ian Audrey Hepburn
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1984) 0-312-06074-2 / 9780312060749 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, very light shelfwear; the jacket has only a tiny amount of wear at spine ends, one tiny white nick to front panel]. (B&W photographs) 
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The Films of Hedy Lamarr, Young, Christopher
133 Young, Christopher The Films of Hedy Lamarr
Secacus NJ The Citadel Press (c.1978) 0-8065-0579-6 / 9780806505794 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lester Glassner 
[very nice copy, tight and clean with no significant shelfwear, slight paper-clip indentations at top edges of a few pages, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature and embossed ownership seal on ffep; jacket shows a trace of surface wear, a couple of tiny closed tears at and near top of spine]. (B&W photographs) The usual formula: a brief biographical essay (accompanied by dozens of photos), followed by a film-by-film rundown of the actress's career, with credits, cast, synopsis, review excerpts and historical notes for each film; also covers her appearances in short films and on television. The acknowledgements include "special thanks to Miss Hedy Lamarr, a very lovely and gracious lady," so it would appear that the book at least had her blessing, if not necessarily her active participation. 
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The Public is Never Wrong: the Autobiography of Adolph Zukor, Zukor, Adolph, with Dale Kramer
134 Zukor, Adolph, with Dale Kramer The Public is Never Wrong: the Autobiography of Adolph Zukor
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1953) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) [David] Soshensky 
[book has minor wear to top and bottom edges and spine ends; jacket is worn, with small tears and minor paper loss at several corners, ragged closed tear at bottom of rear panel, chipping and a bit of paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Historically specious but still entertaining memoir by the co-founder of Paramount Pictures. 
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Tutto Fellini, [Fellini, Federico] Rosenberg, Lenore (English translation)
135 [Fellini, Federico] Rosenberg, Lenore (English translation) Tutto Fellini
Rome Cinecitta' International 1994 Second Edition Softcover Near Fine 
(French wrappers) [nice clean copy, with just faint surface wear to covers]. (B&W and color photographs) Tribute book prepared in conjunction with the restoration and promotion of Fellini's entire ouevre, a project in which the director was participating at the time of his death in October 1993. This "Second Edition" was issued the following year. Essentially an elaborately-illustrated filmography, supplemented with comments about him by other filmmakers, a brief chronology of his Fellini's life and career, and an interview conducted in April 1993. 
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The Ninth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Honoring Fred Astaire, April 10, 1981, {Astaire, Fred} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
136 {Astaire, Fred} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) The Ninth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Honoring Fred Astaire, April 10, 1981
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1981 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[a lovely copy, with just the teensiest bit of edgewear here and there, and a tiny pull-tear hole at the edge of pp. 29-30]. (B&W photographs) Nice program/tribute book, largely photographic; also includes short essays by Arlene Croce, John Green, Marcelle Clements, and Adolph Green, plus a filmography, and thankfully absent the several pages of AFI puffery which were often included in later years. NOTE that this printing has a pictorial cover, indicating that it was probably a "souvenir" edition of the program, produced for sale or distribution to AFI members; the actual program distributed at the event, following the pattern of earlier years, had a silver cover bearing only the AFI logo, and is much less commonly seen. This printing also lacks the 8-page beige-stock insert noted by at least one other bookseller. 
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137 {Cagney, James} [The American Film Institute] [James Cagney]: The American Film Institute [2nd Annual] Award for Life Achievement in Motion Pictures and Television 1974
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute [1974] NO First Edition Stapled wraps Good 
[a somewhat beat-up copy, clean inside and out but with numerous small creases/bends/dents in covers]. (B&W photographs) Tribute book for the AFI's second annual award, the first presented to an actor. Includes two short articles, "The Unforgettable Young Man" by Joan Blondell, and "James Cagney: A Few Thoughts on the Next 2 Billion Years" by Ray Bradbury; plus numerous comments from Cagney's professional colleagues and friends. At that time he had been retired from the screen for 13 years, but was subsequently lured back for two appearances, notably in Milos Forman's RAGTIME (1981) and much less notably in the dreadful 1984 TV-movie TERRIBLE JOE MORAN. 
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Frank Capra: The Tenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 4, 1982 [event program/tribute book], {Capra, Frank} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
138 {Capra, Frank} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) Frank Capra: The Tenth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 4, 1982 [event program/tribute book]
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1982 Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[a small amount of wear along the spine, otherwise nice and fresh, just about as new]. (B&W photographs) Nicely-done program/tribute book, largely photographic, from Capra's Life Achievement Award dinner; includes filmography. It's interesting to note that the tribute book's editor (also the co-author of the tribute itself) was Joseph McBride, who some years later published a highly critical biography of Capra. NOTE that this would appear to be the "public" version of the program, with Capra pictured on the front cover, that was produced for sale and/or distribution to AFI members; the program distributed at the dinner itself, following the pattern of earlier years, had a silver-on-silver cover featuring only the AFI logo). Nonetheless, along with most of these programs prior to 1986 -- the first time a specifically-labeled "AFI Souvenir Edition" was produced in large quantities -- this one is fairly scarce.] 
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Lon of 1000 Faces!, {Chaney, Lon}  Ackerman, Forrest J
139 {Chaney, Lon} Ackerman, Forrest J Lon of 1000 Faces!
Beverly Hills CA Morrison, Raven-Hill Company 1983 0-912189-01-0 / 9780912189017 First printing Softcover Very Good+ 
[minor edgewear, a little rubbing to covers, very slight dog-earing to bottom right corner of front cover, one-time owner's embossed seal on title page]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Profusely illustrated tribute to Lon Chaney, the legendary "Man of a Thousand Faces," with contributions by Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Lon Chaney Jr., and many others. 
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Lillian Gish: The Twelfth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 1, 1984, {Gish, Lillian} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.)
140 {Gish, Lillian} [The American Film Institute] (McBride, Joseph, ed.) Lillian Gish: The Twelfth Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, March 1, 1984
[Washington DC] The American Film Institute 1984 First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[minor edgewear, faint vertical stain line on front cover, a trace of foxing along edge of rear cover,] (B&W photographs) Tribute book issued in conjunction with the AFI's Life Achievement Award presentation to Miss Gish, at that time only the second woman to have received the honor. (The first was Bette Davis, in 1977.) Includes filmography and brief excerpts from various books and articles about the actress, plus the unavoidable couple of pages of AFI self-puffery near the end. 
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