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16 Bananas, Gross, Hugh
21 Gross, Hugh 16 Bananas
Minneapolis Mid-List Press (c.1995) 0922811210 / 9780922811212 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[tight and bright, with just a touch of edgewear here and there; spine slightly color-shifted from green to blue]. Trade PB "A contemporary satire about making movies and making money, though not necessarily in that order." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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My Fellow Devils, Hartley, L.P.
22 Hartley, L.P. My Fellow Devils
New York British Book Centre 1959 NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, moderate wear at extremities, top edge a little darkened; jacket moderately edgeworn, some chipping and a little paper loss at top of spine]. "Hollywood" novel, of sorts (British sub-genre), about the turbulent marriage of a young woman, "a civic pillar in her small, suburban English community," to a famous movie star, known for his "bad man" image on-screen. And as if that weren't bad enough, she' s a Protestant and he's a Roman Catholic! Per the jacket copy, the author brings his "powerful narrative style and brilliant perception" to bear on " the over-stimulated and over-publicized world of motion picture making and the deeply personal world of religious conflict." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Artistic Differences [*SIGNED*], Hauck, Charlie
23 Hauck, Charlie Artistic Differences [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1993) 0-688-12152-7 / 9780688121525 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj painting) Alan Ayers Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, a touch of shelfwear to bottom edge, spine very slightly turned; jacket is bright and attractive, with no significant wear]. INSCRIBED ("To ___ and ___, / a good book / for great / people.") and SIGNED by the author on the title page, additionally dated 6/27/93 in his hand. Hauck's first novel, about two ambitious sitcom writers who achieve their dream of a successful network series, but then find themselves at the mercy of their stunning but volatile leading lady, former soap-opera actress Geneva Holloway -- described by one as "like Mengele, but without the human side." One TV producer's jacket blurb: "...a wickedly funny and totally accurate portrait of the insanity that trickles through the Hollywood television process. Loved it. Mr. Hauck is such a good and honest writer, he'll probably never work in television again." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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West Wind, Heimer, Mel
24 Heimer, Mel West Wind
New York Trident Press 1964 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Paul Bacon 
[solid copy, spine very slightly turned, lower front corner faintly bumped; jacket is edgeworn, rubbed, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. "When Richard Fletcher and Wilhelmina Stevens went to Rome together to make a motion picture, newspaper readers on two continents, already titillated by rumors that they were having an affair, avidly followed their every move. Then Fletcher, the most highly regarded actor of his day, was mercilessly set upon in an alley by unknown assailants and left for dead." (Thugs hired by Eddie Fisher?) One of those "Hollywood novels" that mostly take place someplace other than Hollywood -- the literary equivalent of a "runaway production," I suppose. The author was a New York journalist and columnist, and claimed this (in the jacket blurb) to be his first novel, which apparently wasn't quite true. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Misadventures in the (213) [*SIGNED*], Hensley, Dennis
25 Hensley, Dennis Misadventures in the (213) [*SIGNED*]
New York Rob Weisbach Books/William Morrow and Company (c.1998) 0-688-15452-2 / 9780688154523 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Archie Ferguson Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, very light shelfwear, slighty bumped at top of spine, spine a little turned; jacket shows only light handling wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "What 'Tales of the City' did for San Francisco, [this novel] does double for Los Angeles in this tale of a struggling screenwriter, his circle of celebrity-seeking friends, and their madcap attempts to make it in the biz. Packed with Hollywood life lessons and more B-level celebs than you can shake a casting sheet at, [it] is a brilliantly witty romp through the L.A. entertainment machine. And some of it actually happened." Signed by Author 
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Souls for Sale [Photoplay Edition], Hughes, Rupert
26 Hughes, Rupert Souls for Sale [Photoplay Edition]
New York A.L. Burt Company [1923] (c.1922) NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [reading/research copy ONLY, with heavy fading to edges of both covers, water-staining on endpapers; for all that, though, it's a solid copy (hinges and binding intact) with only moderate shelfwear, and internally clean]. (4 B&W film stills) An early Hollywood novel -- one of the first, in fact, by a writer who could legitimately be called a "major author" of his day, although his style has not aged well and he is little read today. The story concerns a small-town minister's daughter who rejects her father's religion, runs away from home, and through a combination of misadventure and happenstance encounters a movie company on location in Arizona, which in turns leads to her becoming a movie star. (Yes, it's just about that plausible.) Hollywood novel bibliographer Anthony Slide observes that the book was unusual in that it wasn't an expose of scandalous, wicked Hollywood, but rather portrayed it "as just as much a regular American community as any other, undeserving of the criticism leveled at that time." The only problem with that analysis is that the paradigm of the Hollywood-novel-as-scandalous-expose wasn't yet fully established in the early 1920s, so the positive slant of the book wouldn't have seemed nearly as unusual then as it would, say, twenty years later, after a raft of writers like Horace McCoy, Nathanael West, Liam O'Flaherty, Steve Fisher, Budd Schulberg, and the Graham brothers, to name just a few, had flipped Hollywood on its back and exposed its ugly underbelly for all to see. Hughes himself, one of Samuel Goldwyn's "Eminent Authors," and a longtime Hollywood denizen who certainly knew the landscape, adapted his book for the screen in 1923, with Eleanor Boardman in the lead; this edition is the "photoplay edition" tie-in for that production. (Goldwyn even let him direct the film -- who ever heard of such a thing?!) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Whistle for Me, Jackson, Michael
27 Jackson, Michael Whistle for Me
New York William Morrow & Co. 1933 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[a little discoloration to cloth at joints, light staining to gutters and both pastedowns, slight bumping to several corners; jacket is edgeworn and lightly soiled, with various small tears (including 1-1/2" split at bottom front hinge), a bit of paper loss at both ends of spine (no loss of text)] The author's first (and only) novel, about a quartet of young people, two of whom are ambitious musical performers: Paul, a talented and popular pianist with a dance orchestra (who dreams of composing a great tone poem), and Joanna, a nightclub singer with a young brother to support (whose intense focus on her career seems to leave no room for love). The action all takes place in California, in settings from "the sun-baked beaches of La Jolla to the snow-capped range of the Sierra Madre," and one of the other major characters is an assistant art director at a movie studio, so this qualifies as a Hollywood novel, too. According to the jacket blurb, the 24-year-old author had wandered all over the map as while still in his teens, once "making an adventuresome trip, hitch-hiking, rod-riding, bumming across the country in a speedy sixteen days." Maybe he hit the road again after publishing this book; at any rate, his literary career seems to have gone nowhere at all. (The book's title, by the way, comes from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, quoted on the title page.) 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Best Actress, Kane, John
28 Kane, John Best Actress
New York Ballantine Books 1998 0-345-42071-3 / 9780345420718 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover art) Steven Salerno 
[nice clean copy, very light handling wear]. Trade PB A paperback original, this "wicked comedy of vanity, envy, and lusting for Oscar" centers around the five nominees for the Best Actress Academy Award. "For one nominee, it's all or nothing. If she doesn't win, she'll reach into her Chanel purse, pull out the pearl-handled revolver, and shoot the tramp who's been named Best Actress right between the eye tucks." (Oh, man, can you imagine the ratings!?) 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Last Believers, Karp, David
29 Karp, David The Last Believers
London Jonathan Cape 1965 (c.1964) NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) George Smith Farman 
[nice tight clean book, slight bumping to top corners; jacket shows just a bit of wrinkling around base of spine and at top edge of rear panel]. Novel about a successful playwright who attempts to prevent his son from renouncing his citizenship by relating the story of his own life: "his youth in the 'thirties; his rebellion against his unschooled father; his discovery of the Communist Party and the Party's manipulation of him; and his eventual painful awakening and its aftermath." Spanning the Great Depression to the present day, the story "is highlighted with Communist intrigues, Hollywood studio infighting, army interrogations, and New York stage conflicts." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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30 Kastle, Herbert Ladies of the Valley
New York Arbor House (c.1979) 0-87795-228-0 / 9780877952282 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, faint soiling to top edge, a couple of small spots on fore-edge; jacket rubbed, moderately edge-worn, a couple of small tears/chips at top of front panel]. "A novel of Southern California. An explicit, powerful depiction of a group of men and women congregated to make a motion picture in the tradition of 'Last Tango in Paris.'" 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Stars Screaming, Kaye, John
31 Kaye, John Stars Screaming
New York Atlantic Monthly Press (c.1997) 0-87113-691-0 / 9780871136916 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean book with no discernible wear and NO remainder mark; jacket shows just a trace of rubbing to the rear panel]. Modern-day Hollywood novel about "a network censor struggling to break into The Business as a screenwriter," who spends "entire days in his car, circling Los Angeles on an endless path." (Some of us call that "commuting.") Per the jacket blurb, the author's "vision of Hollywood does not convey the alluring promise of stardom, but the acrid disappointments of the damaged souls that inhabit L.A.'s underside." (Which makes it different from every other Hollywood novel how, exactly?) This was Kaye's first novel; he is somewhat better known as a screenwriter. A review copy, with publisher's press release laid in. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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My Lucky Star [*SIGNED*], Keenan, Joe
32 Keenan, Joe My Lucky Star [*SIGNED*]
New York/Boston Little, Brown and Company 2006 0-316-06019-4 / 9780316060196 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Ryan Heshka Signed by Author
[very slight bumping to bottom corners, otherwise a clean tight copy, appears unread; jacket shows just a teensy bit of handling wear]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. "P.G. Wodehouse meets Preston Sturges" [it sez here] in this "laser-sharp Hollywood comedy," by this Emmy-winning writer-producer (his third "Philip and Gilbert" book, narrated by the former, a writer). Frankly, it really just makes me wonder if Wodehouse ever did meet Sturges? It coulda happened, quite easily. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Movie House, Knight, Steven
33 Knight, Steven The Movie House
London/New York Penguin Books 1994 0-14-023174-9 / 9780140231748 1st printing Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover) Michael Bramman 
[moderate edgewear, minor creasing at left edge of front cover, the word "pulp" stamped on bottom edge (looks like this one made a break for it!)]. Mass Market PB "A wildly original thriller from the Florida Badlands," this novel concerns a down-at-the-heels comedy scriptwriter who is "adopted" by a Hollywood producer, who whisks him off to Key West and ensconces him in the title structure "to hammer out the movie script that will change his life and make [the producer's] fortune." But something's rotten in the Keys, as the saying goes. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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That Man is Here Again: The Adventures of a Hollywood Agent, Kober, Arthur
34 Kober, Arthur That Man is Here Again: The Adventures of a Hollywood Agent
New York Random House (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dj 
(price-clipped) [moderate wear to book, top corners bumped; jacket is missing large pieces at several corners, and about 1/4 of the top of the rear panel (front panel illustration is mostly unaffected)]. 18 humorous stories of Hollywood agent "Benny Greenspan," most of which had originally appeared in The New Yorker, and an introduction which discusses the place of the agent in the movie business, with particular reference to screenwriters. (The author had done a stint in Hollywood himself, and of course was also the one-time husband of Lillian Hellman.) Each story includes its own brief "afterword," in which the author relates the events of the story to some bit of show-business lore, or to his own experience. The stories are largely told in Benny's voice, and the titles alone are worth the price of admission: "It's Enough to Curl Your Blood"; "I'm the Dog Evveybody Is Talkin' It Shouldn't Happen To"; "I Got Hard Luck Hooverin' Over Me Like a Flock of Vouchers"; etc. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Marquee Ballyhoo: An American Novel, Kusell, Maurice L., and M.S. Merritt
35 Kusell, Maurice L., and M.S. Merritt Marquee Ballyhoo: An American Novel
Los Angeles-San Francisco Arthur H. Chamberlain 1932 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 
(no dust jacket) [dent at bottom of front cover, moderate edgewear, minor water-spotting at spine top and bottom rear, spine turned, a little dusty on top; inside clean, pages white]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Slide Area: Scenes of Hollywood Life, Lambert, Gavin
36 Lambert, Gavin The Slide Area: Scenes of Hollywood Life
New York The Viking Press 1959 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dj Illustrated by (dj design) C. Smoliage 
[nice solid book, minimal shelfwear, very faint dampstain at top left-hand corner of front cover, small bookseller's label at bottom of rear pastedown (Brown Book Shop, Houston TX); jacket has matching dampstain (internal) at upper left of front panel, moderate wrinkling along top edge (front and rear panels), triangular chip at top of spine (taking away part of first T in book's title)]. Not quite a novel -- really six individual stories, "interlinking" per the dust jacket (but not terribly so) -- and not entirely about Hollywood per se, although it's certainly a highspot in the Hollywood fiction genre. These are tales, you might say, of people who are all within the gravitational pull of the film industry -- some closer to its center (that is, actually engaged in making movies), others farther out but with lives still inextricably bound to the dream factory, and not always in the most benign way. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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37 Leopold, Christopher Casablack
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1979 0-385-14388-5 / 9780385143882 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Bernard Bonhomme 
[nice tight copy, remainder spray bottom edge, minor spotting on top edge; jacket has a couple of small edge-tears, moderate soiling to rear panel, small chip at top of rear panel, some soiling at top of rear jacket flap]. An "outrageous, gritty sequel" to the beloved film CASABLANCA, the book is also (it sez here) "a brilliant parody and a top-notch World War II thriller in its own right." In this alternate meta-fictional universe -- "The Real Story of What the Movie Couldn't Show" -- Rick (oops, Steve) looks more like John Garfield than Humphrey Bogart, Ilsa is a lady of the evening, etc. Say it ain't so, Joe! 
Price: 7.00 USD
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If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now [*SIGNED*], Loh, Sandra Tsing
38 Loh, Sandra Tsing If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now [*SIGNED*]
New York Riverhead Books 1997 1-57322-068-X / 9781573220682 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marc J. Cohen Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, NO remainder mark, mild shelfwear; jacket is nearly flawless, with just a tiny bit of surface rubbing]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. Comic novel about a pair of hapless twentysomethings who cherish their dreams of Hollywood success, despite being "stranded in a dreary tract house with chain-link fencing, so far from the actual city of Los Angeles that they may as well be on Mars." The author's third book (and first novel), following an autobiographical monologue ("Aliens in America") and an essay collection ("Depth Takes a Holiday"). Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Beggars are Coming, Loos, Mary
39 Loos, Mary The Beggars are Coming
New York Bantam Books (X8540) 1974 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[decent clean copy, spine creased, a little spine roll, mild edgewear]. Mass Market PB A paperback original, a novel of Hollywood's "golden age," spanning the years 1913-1947. The author was the niece of famed pioneer screenwriter/novelist Anita Loos, and was herself a screenwriter (at one time married to novelist/screenwriter/director Richard Sale). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Studio, Maremaa, Thomas
40 Maremaa, Thomas Studio
New York William Morrow and Company 1978 0-688-03300-8 / 9780688033002 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith Kazdym Leeds 
[nice tight copy, apparently unread, fading to boards at top/bottom edges, light browning to top page edges, no significant shelfwear; jacket has minor wear along top edge, light paper-clip indentation at top of front panel]. Hollywood meta-fiction, you might say: "A major Hollywood studio decides to make a movie about itself. The studio is a city unto itself and will be its own movie set. It has its tyrants and courtiers, fools and pretenders, its glamour and debauchery, waste and extravagance, its struggles for power." (And yet the jacket copy denies "any resemblance to a typical Hollywood novel.") The building depicted in the jacket illustration bears a suspicious resemblance to Universal's "black tower" -- but I haven't read the book, so "no comment." 
Price: 13.50 USD
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