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Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes: A Life and a Story [*SIGNED*], Thomson, David
121 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.
122 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the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the first time he had set foot in the U.S. since his re-entry permit was revoked in 1952 (while he was on a European vacation) at the height of the McCarthy Era.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
123 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
124 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. 
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Charlie Chaplin: King of Tragedy, von Ulm, Gerith
125 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.] 
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Hollywood Honors Elia Kazan, Filmmaker & Informer, Walsh, David
126 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
127 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
128 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
129 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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Don't Look at the Camera, Watt, Harry
130 Watt, Harry Don't Look at the Camera
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1974) First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[light foxing to top of text block, otherwise a very nice copy with no discernible wear; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed, hardly noticeable under new jacket protector]. Memoir by the pioneering British documentary filmmaker, who began his career working for Robert Flaherty on MAN OF ARAN and John Grierson at the Empire Marketing Board, and went on to make such classic documentaries as NIGHT MAIL and TARGET FOR TONIGHT, as well as a handful of dramatic feature films (most notably THE OVERLANDERS). 
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I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers, Weaver, Tom
131 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.
132 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
133 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
134 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
135 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
136 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
137 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 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Audrey Hepburn, Woodward, Ian
138 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) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Directors Guild of America presents a retrospective showing of nine films by Fred Zinnemann, Zeitlin, David L.
139 Zeitlin, David L. The Directors Guild of America presents a retrospective showing of nine films by Fred Zinnemann
Los Angeles The Directors Guild of America, Inc. 1966 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
(stapled wraps) [a bit of wear along spine only, otherwise nice and clean]. (B&W photographs) 16-page program booklet (including covers) for a retrospective honoring Fred Zinnemann, on the occasion of his receiving the 1966 DGA Directorial Award for A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (which also earned him a Best Director Academy Award, as well as being chosen Best Picture of 1966). Includes: a 2-page essay, "A Director for All Seasons"; one- or two-page program notes for each film in the series; a filmography of Zinnemann's feature film credits; and a roster of all winners of the DGA Awards from 1948 through 1966. 
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The Public is Never Wrong: the Autobiography of Adolph Zukor, Zukor, Adolph, with Dale Kramer
140 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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