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Ava Gardner, Daniell, John
21 Daniell, John Ava Gardner
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1982) 0-312-06240-0 / 9780312062408 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj photo) Hoyningen-Huene 
[minimal shelfwear, very light foxing to page edges; jacket shows some surface wear, minor soiling along inside edges]. (B&W photographs) Straightforward biography of the most glamorous native of Smithfield, North Carolina, where there is today a terrific little museum devoted to her life and career. Extensively illustrated, with a full filmography. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down, Dardis, Tom
22 Dardis, Tom Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1979) 0-684-16150-8 / 9780684161501 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket shows minor surface/edge wear]. (B&W photographs) The jacket blurb states that the author "is the first biographer to have access to the files of the Buster Keaton Production Company, Twentieth Century-Fox, and MGM, where he saw all of Keaton's sound films, including two which now cannot be shown commercially. With a thorough knowledge of the field, he looks closely at Keaton's work, the economics, structure, mood, and technique." 
Price: 7.00 USD
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My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon, de Mille, Richard
23 de Mille, Richard My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 0-374-21757-2 / 9780374217570 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Mitchell 
[very slight wear and minor bumping to bottom edge; jacket shows just a bit of surface-scratching]. (B&W photographs) Fascinating memoir by the adopted son of famed movie producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, and his discovery -- many years after the fact -- that his birth mother was "an exotic figure of silent-film-era Hollywood," the novelist/screenwriter/newspaperwoman Lorna Moon, and that he was the illegitimate product of her liaison with Cecil's brother William de Mille. Oh, what a tangled web these silent movie people wove! 
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My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon [*SIGNED*], de Mille, Richard
24 de Mille, Richard My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon [*SIGNED*]
New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 0-374-21757-2 / 9780374217570 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Mitchell 
[the slightest bit of wear at base of spine, otherwise a tight and flawless copy; jacket shows some minor abrasion to front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Fascinating memoir by the adopted son of famed movie producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, centered around his discovery -- many years after the fact -- that his birth mother was "an exotic figure of silent-film-era Hollywood," the novelist/screenwriter/newspaperwoman Lorna Moon, and that he was the illegitimate product of her liaison with Cecil's brother William de Mille. Oh, what a tangled web these silent movie people wove! 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Clint Eastwood: All-American Anti-Hero, Downing, David, and Gary Herman
25 Downing, David, and Gary Herman Clint Eastwood: All-American Anti-Hero
London Omnibus Press (c.1977) 0-86001-412-6 / 9780860014126 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, minor edgewear; binding possibly just beginning to split about 2/3 through the book (no loose pages, though)]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A critical appraisal of the world's top box office star and his films"; one of the earliest books to take Clint seriously as a director. Little did we know that there was a Major American Filmmaker a-bornin'! 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Life and Adventures of Carl Laemmle, Drinkwater, John
26 Drinkwater, John The Life and Adventures of Carl Laemmle
New York/London G.P. Putnam's Sons / The Knickerbocker Press 1931 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, light fraying to cloth at top of spine, bottom corners slightly bumped, gilt spine lettering darkened but still readable]. (B&W photographs) Authorized biography of the founder of Universal Pictures, then 64 years of age -- a genuine pioneer of the motion picture industry, but by that time already a bit of an anachronistic figure. Foreword by movie czar Will Hays. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper [*SIGNED*], Dunne, Dominick
27 Dunne, Dominick The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper [*SIGNED*]
New York Crown Publishers (c.1999) 0-609-60388-4 / 9780609603888 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Whitney Cookman Signed by Author
[book is flawless; jacket has only a trace of surface wear, extremely minor crimping along top edge; the jacket also bears a small "Signed at Book Soup" sticker on the front panel, removable upon request without a trace]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. A fascinating look at the private lives of jet-setting celebrities of a certain time and place (mostly Beverly Hills and Hollywood), by an author who made a pretty decent career for himself by just being the most observant and insightful (if sometimes also insufferable) fly on the wall. And he had access to some pretty fabulous walls. [NOTE that I will remove the Book Soup label from the front of the jacket without a trace if you, the buyer, should so desire.] Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Other Side of Oz [*SIGNED*], Ebsen, Buddy; edited by Stephen Cox
28 Ebsen, Buddy; edited by Stephen Cox The Other Side of Oz [*SIGNED*]
Newport Beach CA Donovan Publishing (c.1993) 1-880538-08-3 / 9781880538081 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Signed by Author
[a tight, crisp, as-new copy]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page: "To ________ -- / With many thanks / Buddy & Dorothy Ebsen" (in Buddy's hand). Autobiography of the erstwhile song-and-dance man, sidekick and comic foil, who was a little bit too gangly and goofy-looking to ever achieve major stardom, but is nonetheless etched forever in memory (well, my memory, anyway) as "Uncle Jed" on "The Beverly Hillbillies." Quite a bit is made of his having lost the role of the Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but honestly it doesn't seem to have hurt his career any; and quick, name anything else that Jack Haley was ever in. See? Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin, Eckhardt, Joseph P.
29 Eckhardt, Joseph P. The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin
Madison/Teaneck NJ/London Fairleigh Dickinson University Press / Associated University Presses (c.1997) 0-8386-3728-0 / 9780838637289 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling along top edge, faint surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "That immigrant Jews had a profound impact on the growth of American cinema is well known and has been the subject of much scholarship. But America's first Jewish movie mogul, Siegmund Lubin of Philadelphia, has never been closely studied. Drawing upon contemporary accounts and interviews with Lubin's surviving family, friends, and employees, this work details the life and career of the once-famous 'Pop' Lubin. It also seeks to explore the complex personality of this early film pioneer and the impact he had on the initial development of the movies." 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Hot Toddy: The True Story of Hollywood's Most Sensational Murder, Edmonds, Andy
30 Edmonds, Andy Hot Toddy: The True Story of Hollywood's Most Sensational Murder
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1989) 0-688-08061-8 / 9780688080617 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) One Plus One Studio 
[nice clean copy, just the slightest shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows extremely light browning/discoloration to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Purports to "finger the killer" responsible for the 1935 murder of popular screen comedienne Thelma Todd; thoroughly researched, yet written more like a crime novel (including lots of speculative dialogue) than a scholarly work. (I'm not sayin' that's a bad thing.) Includes a complete list of Todd's films. 
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Daredevil Cameraman: The Saga of Ray "Swede" Fernstrom, Fernstrom, Russell and Beverly
31 Fernstrom, Russell and Beverly Daredevil Cameraman: The Saga of Ray "Swede" Fernstrom
[Raleigh NC] Pentland Press, Inc. (c.1997) 1-57197-063-0 / 9781571970633 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, bottom front corner lightly bumped (book and jacket both), otherwise as new; jacket also shows minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Biography of a newsreel cameraman whose "career spanned what was one of the most exciting periods in the development of news gathering and documentary movie-making. A pioneer in his field, Fernstrom explored innovative techniques such as filming World War II battles and a Grand Canyon documentary from an aerial perspective." Fernstrom worked in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s, spent a number of years as a newsreel cameraman in Europe and the U.S., and later worked in TV. 
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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [cover title: Fatty], Fine, Gerald
32 Fine, Gerald Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [cover title: Fatty]
[n.p.] [No Publisher Stated] (c.1971) 1st printing Softcover Very Good+ 
[light wear at corners and along spine, minor creasing to rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) Though described as a "novel" on the front cover (and while certainly indulging in plenty of novelistic invention of dialogue, etc.), this paperback original can lay claim to being the first serious book-length examination of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's infamous 1921 rape-murder trial, pre-dating David Yallop's excellent "The Day the Laughter Stopped" by five years. The book's most interesting angle is the degree to which it is informed by the viewpoint of actress Minta Durfee -- described by the author as Arbuckle' s "widow," although she and the comedian had actually divorced in 1925 -- who gave the author access to her memories and memorabilia. (The author, who had already essentially completed his research before meeting Minta, admits in his introduction that she "turned everything around" by providing "the story of the man himself.") [The front cover of the book, incidentally, proclaims it a "Runaway Best Seller" with a "one million first printing" -- a laughable claim on both counts, especially in light of its current scarcity.] 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Frank Tashlin, Garcia, Roger, ed.; documentation by Howard Prouty
33 Garcia, Roger, ed.; documentation by Howard Prouty Frank Tashlin
Locarno/London Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno, in collaboration with the British Film Institute / Éditions Yellow Now 1994 0-85170-462-X / 9780851704623 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[very nice tight copy, presents "as new" despite small diagonal scratch on spine and very light handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, drawings) The first major work on the life and career of this somewhat under-appreciated (except in France) film director, a former cartoonist, animator and comedy gag man who moved into live-action features in the late 1940s, becoming "a major transitional figure, the link between the screwball comedies of Hawks and Sturges, and the modern comedy film." Prepared in conjunction with a retrospective of Tashlin's work presented at the 1994 Locarno Film Festival, the book contains critical essays, an interview, excerpts from his published and unpublished works, extensive notes on all his feature films, and an equally extensive "Documentation" section that presents a chronology of his life, detailed credits of his work in animation, an account of his work as a gag man and comedy screenwriter, a bibliography of his published and unpublished books, his radio and television credits, and a catalog of some of his unrealized projects. The entire enterprise benefitted greatly from archival research and the concurrent rediscovery of his papers, which permitted the correction of some previously-published versions of his life and career. The illustrations include a number of never-before-published photographs, plus reproductions from his books and his personal scrapbooks. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Frank Tashlin, Garcia, Roger, ed.; documentation by Howard Prouty
34 Garcia, Roger, ed.; documentation by Howard Prouty Frank Tashlin
Locarno/London Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno, in collaboration with the British Film Institute / Éditions Yellow Now 1994 0-85170-462-X / 9780851704623 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[essentially as new, with very light surface wear to covers, miniscule bumping at spine ends]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, drawings) The first major work on the life and career of this somewhat under-appreciated (except in France) film director, a former cartoonist, animator and comedy gag man who moved into live-action features in the late 1940s, becoming "a major transitional figure, the link between the screwball comedies of Hawks and Sturges, and the modern comedy film." Prepared in conjunction with a retrospective of Tashlin's work presented at the 1994 Locarno Film Festival, the book contains critical essays, an interview, excerpts from his published and unpublished works, extensive notes on all his feature films, and an equally extensive "Documentation" section that presents a chronology of his life, detailed credits of his work in animation, an account of his work as a gag man and comedy screenwriter, a bibliography of his published and unpublished books, his radio and television credits, and a catalog of some of his unrealized projects. The entire enterprise benefitted greatly from archival research and the concurrent rediscovery of his papers, which permitted the correction of some previously-published versions of his life and career. The illustrations include a number of never-before-published photographs, plus reproductions from his books and his personal scrapbooks. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Samuel Fuller, Garnham, Nicholas
35 Garnham, Nicholas Samuel Fuller
New York The Viking Press 1972 (c.1971) 0-670-01925-9 / 9780670019250 1st (U.S.) edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[solid copy with a bit of shelfwear, light rubbing to covers, tiny red dot on bottom edge near spine]. (Cinema One) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) Engaging, thematically-organized (rather than film-by-film) examination of the work of one of American cinema's true originals. "This book is a labour of love," says the author in his introduction, "a love born in the dark womb of Sunday afternoon moviehouses in rain-drenched provincial towns and the seedier areas of London. This book is a culmination of an odyssey whose islands are ancient cinemas named Rex, Imperial, Tolmer, whose sirens are named Fuller, Boetticher, Siegel, Ray, Mann and Aldrich. To see in those half-empty moviehouses, smelling of damp clothes and nicotine, above the heads of sheltering old-age pensioners the images of House of Bamboo, Pickup on South Street or Merrill's Marauders was to come face to face with a cinematic presence that demanded recognition. This book records the process of that recognition." Sounds to me like he's got it right. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Samuel Fuller, Garnham, Nicholas
36 Garnham, Nicholas Samuel Fuller
New York The Viking Press 1972 (c.1971) 0-670-61663-X / 9780670616633 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to bottom rear corner but no other significant wear; jacket just a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panelwith just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; similar very minor edgewear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) Engaging, thematically-organized (rather than film-by-film) examination of the work of one of American cinema's true originals. "This book is a labour of love," says the author in his introduction, "a love born in the dark womb of Sunday afternoon moviehouses in rain-drenched provincial towns and the seedier areas of London. This book is a culmination of an odyssey whose islands are ancient cinemas named Rex, Imperial, Tolmer, whose sirens are named Fuller, Boetticher, Siegel, Ray, Mann and Aldrich. To see in those half-empty moviehouses, smelling of damp clothes and nicotine, above the heads of sheltering old-age pensioners the images of House of Bamboo, Pickup on South Street or Merrill's Marauders was to come face to face with a cinematic presence that demanded recognition. This book records the process of that recognition." Sounds to me like he's got it right. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography, Genini, Ronald
37 Genini, Ronald Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.1996) 0-7864-0202-4 / 9780786402021 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [very light foxing to top edge, slight bumping to top corners]. (B&W photographs) Biography of a "nice Jewish girl from Cincinnati" who achieved screen notoriety as Theda Bara, the quintessential vampire (not the kind that bites your neck) of her day -- despite the fact that, in the author's words, "her films were trite, often poorly acted, extravagant and crude." (So when has THAT been any impediment to movie stardom?) 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Bogey: The Good-Bad Guy, Goodman, Ezra
38 Goodman, Ezra Bogey: The Good-Bad Guy
New York Lyle Stuart Inc. (c.1965) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy, light fading at edges of boards, light bumping at top edge of rear cover; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny closed tear at top of rear panel]. Biography of Humphrey Bogart. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Starring Fred Astaire [*SIGNED* by Astaire], Green, Stanley, and Burt Goldblatt
39 Green, Stanley, and Burt Goldblatt Starring Fred Astaire [*SIGNED* by Astaire]
New York Dodd, Mead & Company (c.1973) 0-396-06877-4 / 9780396068778 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [a very nice copy, tight and clean, with just the barest trace of wear at a couple of corners; the jacket has a number of surface scratch-lines on the rear panel, as though someone used it as a clipboard for a few minutes]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by Fred Astaire on the half-title page. Comprehensive examination of the career of the great dancer/singer/actor, including a discussion of his stage career, a film-by-film rundown of his films from DANCING LADY through MIDAS RUN, a list of his radio and TV appearances, and a discography. Of course his career wasn't QUITE over when the book was published, but really, is there anybody out there waxing nostalgic about late-period Astaire -- THE AMAZING DOBERMANS, for instance, or even GHOST STORY? Signed by Biographee 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Frank Capra (New Index Series No. 3), Griffith, Richard
40 Griffith, Richard Frank Capra (New Index Series No. 3)
London British Film Institute [1951] First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good+ 
[some scuffing to rear cover along spine, moderate edgewear; stapled binding secure]. (New Index Series) Series (B&W photographs) 38-page monograph on the noted American film director, the first publication (I believe) that was devoted exclusively to his work. Contains a film-by-film discussion of his career, with basic filmographic data for each film, through RIDING HIGH (1950). Also includes "Capra and the Directors' Guild," quoting a letter sent by the director to the New York Times in 1939. Very scarce. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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