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Hollywood Girl, McEvoy, J.P.
41 McEvoy, J.P. Hollywood Girl
London Geoffrey Bles 1930 NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [solid enough as a reading copy, but with considerable soiling/spotting/staining to yellow cloth covers]. Epistolary account of the adventures in Hollywood of Dixie Dugan, introduced in the author's 1928 novel "Show Girl," and said to have been modeled after actress Louise Brooks. By the time this second novel appeared, a D.D. daily newspaper comic-strip version had begun what would eventually be a 37-year run, including comic-book spinoffs. Both "Show Girl" and this book were made into Hollywood films very shortly after their publication (this one as SHOW GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD), with Alice White starring as Dixie in both, and an additional film was produced under the title DIXIE DUGAN by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1943, starring Lois Andrews. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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A Small Success, Morgan, Al
42 Morgan, Al A Small Success
New York Rinehart & Company (c.1960) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. 
[pages browned due to cheap paper, otherwise just minimal wear; jacket shows mild edgewear/soiling]. Novel of the New York theatre world, focusing on Laurie Kane, "whose St. Joan sent her to Hollywood stardom, an Academy Award, three husbands and alcohol. Her role in the play, A Small Success, is her Second Chance at a career and her Fourth Chance at love." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cast of Characters, Morgan, Al
43 Morgan, Al Cast of Characters
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1957 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder, Inc. 
Very Good+ in Very Good dj [good solid copy, minor soiling at edges of endpapers, top edge browned; jacket mildly edgeworn, soiling to rear panel and edges of jacket flaps]. Hollywood novel which takes place during a premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater (depicted on front panel of jacket), with alternate chapters telling the stories of various individuals in attendance. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Hollywood Dodo, Nicholson, Geoff
44 Nicholson, Geoff The Hollywood Dodo
New York Simon & Schuster (c.2004) 0-7432-5779-0 / 9780743257794 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Archie Ferguson 
[nice clean copy, light browning to edges of text block (cheap paper stock), no significant wear; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed]. A very funny novel of modern Hollywood, about an English doctor who accompanies his aspiring-actress daughter to L.A., only to find himself caught up in the schemes of an ambitious would-be auteur who's "trying to get the backing to make a costume drama set in seventeenth-century England about a man who owns what he fears is the last dodo on earth." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Tom Mix Died for Your Sins; a novel based on his life, Ponicsan, Darryl
45 Ponicsan, Darryl Tom Mix Died for Your Sins; a novel based on his life
New York Delacorte Press (c.1975) 0440059690 / 9780440059691 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[spine a bit turned, shelfwear to bottom of book, a few small dents in bottom edges of boards; DJ wrinkled across top edge]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick, Resnick, Rachel
46 Resnick, Rachel Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick
New York St. Martin's Press 1999 0-312-19889-2 / 9780312198893 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Scott Levine 
[tight clean copy, NO remainder mark, minor wear to bottom edge, a couple of tiny spots on top edge; jacket very slightly edgeworn]. "Rebecca Roth blows the Northeast, fleeing the ghost of her dead mother. Dreaming of fame as a filmmaker, hungry for love and sex, Rebecca drives to Edge City L.A., where, still haunted, her dreams mutate into nightmares. Hilarious, heart- blisteringly disastrous love affairs and degrading film jobs, encounters with stars and transients, a midget stuntwoman, a sacrificial cow. With relentlessly cinematic, jarring, and alluring prose straight out of the Hollywood wasteland, [the author] captures the bleak scene of 'glamourous' L.A. with dizzying grace." The author's first novel. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Vipers' Club [*SIGNED*], Richardson, John H.
47 Richardson, John H. The Vipers' Club [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1996) 0-688-12672-3 / 9780688126728 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bradford Foltz Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, very minor shelfwear; jacket a little rubbed and scuffed (mostly on rear panel)]. SIGNED boldly by the author on the title page. "Peter James is a rising star of the academic film world, feted in obscurity, when one Max Fischer calls. Max is THE biggest producer in Hollywood, the king of action flicks, and he wants Peter. So Peter burns his bridges all the way from New York to L.A., tossing out his tweeds and books and gleefully shopping for his new Left Coast lifestyle. It takes less than a week of running out at midnight to pick up pickles from Max's favorite deli for Peter to realize he's made a mistake. In this claustrophobic world of fast-paced cynicism and manipulation, Peter wants to be more than just a flunky. But soon it's not just errands that Peter must oversee." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Flicker [Advance uncorrected proofs], Roszak, Theodore
48 Roszak, Theodore Flicker [Advance uncorrected proofs]
New York Summit Books (c.1991) NO Advance Uncorrected Proofs Softcover Near Fine 
[in printed illustrated wraps, with minor soiling to the bottom edge]. Advance copy of Roszak's tale of an Sixties/Seventies-era L.A. film buff who develops "a lifelong obsession with the mysterious Max Castle, a nearly forgotten genius of the silent screen who later became the greatest film noir director -- only to vanish in the 1940s, at the height of his powers." His quest for the truth behind Castle's mysterious disappearance takes him "from Hollywood's Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. He encounters a cast of exotic characters, including Orson Welles and John Huston, who teach him that there's more to film than meets the eye." The cover design for this advance copy is different from the published version. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Hollywood Detective: Garrison, Rovin, Jeff
49 Rovin, Jeff Hollywood Detective: Garrison
New York Manor Books Inc. 1975 0552113131 / 9780552113137 First Edition Softcover Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, reading crease in spine, slight browning to pages]. Mass Market PB Murder mystery set in Hollywood in 1927; the title character is a private eye who works as a troubleshooter for the studio bosses, and winds up investigating the murder of one of them. The author, who's written quite a number of show-biz biographies and reference volumes, is pretty good with the background and general historical ambiance, and the narrative is peppered with the usual number of film-buffy references (a second unit director named "B. Reeves Canutt," that sort of thing), but the whole enterprise comes up short in comparison to Stuart Kaminsky's popular "Toby Peters" series, which came along just a couple of years later. (The Garrison character seems to have appeared in only one other book, published the same year; neither title is noted in Anthony Slide's Hollywood fiction bibliography.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Rat Factory, Ryan, J.M.
50 Ryan, J.M. The Rat Factory
Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice-Hall, Inc. (c.1971) 0-13-753079-X / 9780137530793 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[solid copy, light soiling/spotting to page edges; jacket worn and soiled, with various tears and general scrunching at spine extremities, ragged tear (internally tape-repaired) at upper corner of rear panel, spine scuffed and moderately faded]. A wonderfully savage satire of Walt Disney, here fictionally rendered as rampaging egomaniac Wade Ezekial Sampson, "creator of Ricky Rat, Dizzy Duck, Dirty Dog, Halfwit Hog, and a host of America's other favorite little cartoon animals." The action takes place during the 1930's, as the protagonist -- an ambitious young inbetweener named Ambrose, who hails from Bozeman, Montana -- gets involved in the studio's labor troubles. Hollywood fiction bibliographer Anthony Slide notes that "the novel presents a frightening and surrealistic view of Los Angeles, where police brutality is the norm and anything unpleasant, such as an earthquake, is not reported in the newspapers for fear of scaring away Easterners." Whatever the book may lack in historical verisimilitude, however, is more than compensated for by sheer outrageousness. Rather a tough book to find; when I first listed a copy for sale, some years ago, I speculated that "perhaps Uncle Walt has been buying up every available copy from beyond the grave." I was joking, although that hasn't stopped other booksellers from taking my comment with a straight face and suggesting that there actually has been some kind of Disney corporate conspiracy to "suppress" the book. Far as I know, 'tain't so, McGee. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Broadbelters [on cover: The Broad-Belters], Schnall, Maxine
51 Schnall, Maxine The Broadbelters [on cover: The Broad-Belters]
New York M. Evans and Company / J.B. Lippincott (c.1970) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bernard Wolff 
[spine slightly turned, light shelfwear; jacket is bright and attractive despite some laminate-puckering on the front panel and scuffing/rubbing to rear panel; it is, however, about 1/8" shorter than the book itself, for some reason]. "Can an ex-Hollywood starlet find happiness writing a dirty book?" asks the cover blurb. It's "the story of what happened when Bonnie Erlich signed a contract with Dave Shmeer, publisher of bestsellers, and made use of his formula C = 2BS+N (Chapter = 2 Bedroom Scenes + Narrative)." This was the author's second book, and apparently her only novel. She seems to have subsequently abandoned fiction in favor of the self-help industry: all of her subsequent four books have been in that vein ("What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger," that sort of thing), and in 1974 she founded a Philadelphia-based organization called the Wives-Self-Help Foundation. (Her photo on the rear jacket panel, incidentally, is captioned "This is the broad who wrote The Broadbelters." No doubt another Dave Shmeer touch.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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What Makes Sammy Run?, Schulberg, Budd
52 Schulberg, Budd What Makes Sammy Run?
New York Random House (c.1941) NO Later Printing Hardcover Very Good 
(blue cloth; no dust jacket) [solid book, moderate wear, an excellent reading copy]. Schulberg's classic tale of a Hollywood heel. [This is likely a book club printing, with a Random House imprint, but with "CL" on the copyright page. Be aware that anybody attempting to pass off a "CL" printing as a first edition is seriously misinformed.] 
Price: 10.00 USD
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What Makes Sammy Run?, Schulberg, Budd
53 Schulberg, Budd What Makes Sammy Run?
New York Random House (c.1941) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [spine slightly turned, some light staining to front cover, spine cloth faded, horizontal gilt band on front cover rubbed, one-time owner's initials at top of ffep, tiny stain at right edge of ffep]. Schulberg's debut novel, an archetypal portrait of a Hollywood heel. [NOTE that this is a stated "First Printing," and is the true first edition/first printing of the book; be aware that any claims to first edition status on this title for copies with single-color bindings (usually blue or light blue) or with "CL" appearing on the copyright page are erroneous.] 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Velvet Knife [*SIGNED*], Shulman, Irving
54 Shulman, Irving The Velvet Knife [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1959 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sydney Butchkes Signed by Author
[solid copy, light shelfwear, mild browning to page edges, previous owner's possession stamp on front pastedown; jacket edgeworn, minor paper loss at top of spine (no text affected)]. SIGNED by the author (signature only) on the ffep. The novelist-and-sometime-screenwriter's only Hollywood novel -- although some think his 1960s biographies of Jean Harlow and Rudolph Valentino have their share of fictional content -- "built around the fascinating, complex character of an evil genius," and informed by the novelist-screenwriter's "intimate knowledge of how producers, directors, writers, and stars really live and work on and off the set." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Three Short Biers, Starr, Jimmy
55 Starr, Jimmy Three Short Biers
Hollywood Murray & Gee, Inc. 1945 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, very light wear at extremities]. Second (and last) Hollywood-set mystery novel by this author featuring the "Martini-gargling, cutie-chasing, fast-talking reporter and super-sleuth" Joe Medford, introduced in "The Corpse Came C.O.D." In this story, he investigates the homicides of a trio of midgets. Starr (1904-1990) was a noted Hollywood gossip columnist and radio commentator. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Star of Hollywood, Stilgebauer, Edward (translated from the German by E.E. Wilson)
56 Stilgebauer, Edward (translated from the German by E.E. Wilson) The Star of Hollywood
Cleveland/New York International Fiction Library (c.1929, 1927) Reprint Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [minor soiling to red cloth, a few tiny tears in cloth at spine ends, but generally in better shape than this cheaply-produced volume is usually found]. "This story tells of a young film actress at Hollywood, who, in taking the part of the slave attendant on Cleopatra, has to apply the poisonous snake to the breast of a famous star. In doing so, she pierces her with a syringe containing a deadly dose of morphia. Breathless incidents follow...." First published in 1927. I personally have always cherished this book for the hysterical (and geographically-challenged) opening paragraph: " Hollywood! On the Pacific, outside the gates of Los Angeles in California, it stands! The City of Illusions! The Cosmos of Cardboard! The Union's greatest sensation!" That's my town, all right. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Player, Tolkin, Michael
57 Tolkin, Michael The Player
New York Atlantic Monthly Press (c.1988) 0-87113-228-1 / 9780871132284 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Robert Goldstrum 
[book is Fine but for remainder mark; jacket has some laminate wrinkling at edges]. Modern classic of the Hollywood novel, memorably filmed by Robert Altman in 1992, from a screenplay by Tolkin. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Glory Road [*SIGNED*], Traube, Shepard
58 Traube, Shepard Glory Road [*SIGNED*]
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1935) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed by Author
(no dust jacket) [ex-library book with minimal interior markings (library stamp on front pastedown and copyright page, pencilled call number on copyright page) but a big white call number label glued to spine; some dust-soiling to top edge, minor fraying at spine ends, generally a tight solid copy]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author, in the year of publication. Much better known as a Broadway producer/director, active from the 1930's through the 1970's, Traube spent time intermittently in Hollywood, although his handful of credits are all subsequent to the publication of this book, which would seem to contradict bibliographer Anthony Slide's claim that "his years in Hollywood led to the writing" of the novel. The story purports to present "the whole throbbing life of America in the last generation" through the story of "the rise of a young immigrant of vision to a dominant position in the film industry." The protagonist, Karl Lustig, a German Jew, seems to be an amalgam of several notable early film moguls; perhaps a close reading would indicate just who the primary model was. Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Tough Act to Follow, Wilk, Max
59 Wilk, Max A Tough Act to Follow
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1985) 0393022196 / 9780393022193 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[tight & apparently unread, but one page has a diagonal crease due to slight binding/trimming error; DJ just mildly rubbed]. "A live, flesh-and-blood, on-stage, real novel about the wild and woolly early days of TV, when bloopers went out over the air and bad words could not be bleeped." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Talking Oscars, Williams, Simon
60 Williams, Simon Talking Oscars
London Mandarin Paperbacks 1994 0-7493-0145-7 / 9780749301453 Reprint Softcover Fine 
[very nice copy, tight/clean/unread, like new but with the slightest bit of edgewear]. Mass Market PB "Two actors, one American and one British, are determined to star in the film of the award-winning novel 'Stratagems and Spoils.' Both are convinced they 'could be talking Oscars.' The dirty fight for film rights and stardom begins." 
Price: 4.00 USD
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