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So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business [*SIGNED*], Kanter, Hal
61 Kanter, Hal So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business [*SIGNED*]
Jefferson NC/London Mcfarland & Company (c.1999) 0-7864-0483-3 / 9780786404834 First Edition Hardcover Fine Signed by Author
[nice copy, as-new but for a tiny red mark on the top edge (NOT a remainder mark)]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For __________ / With hopes for Peace, / love & laughter -- ") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the veteran film and television comedy writer. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation, Kapsis, Robert E.
62 Kapsis, Robert E. Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation
Chicago/London The University of Chicago Press 1992 0-226-42489-8 / 9780226424897 1st printing Softcover Near Fine 
[very light handling wear only; virtually as new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author "explains the forces behind Hitchcock's changing critical fortunes, and shows how Hitchcock's legacy and reputation shed light on the way reputations of contemporary directors -- particularly Brian De Palma and Clint Eastwood -- are made." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Billy Wilder: Un viennese a Hollywood, Karasek, Hellmuth (translated by Marina Bistolfi)
63 Karasek, Hellmuth (translated by Marina Bistolfi) Billy Wilder: Un viennese a Hollywood
Milano Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S. P. A. 1993 (c.1992) 88-04-33930-6 / 9788804339304 First Italian Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy, very slight browning to page edges; jacket a bit rubbed, minor wear at edges and extremities]. (B&W photographs) Biography of director/writer Billy Wilder, originally published in Germany in 1992; apparently there has not been an English-language edition. Text in Italian. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger [*SIGNED*], Kaufman, Lloyd, and James Gunn
64 Kaufman, Lloyd, and James Gunn All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger [*SIGNED*]
New York Berkley Boulevard Books 1998 0-425-16357-1 / 9780425163573 2nd printing Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
[a couple of infinitesimal nicks in top edge of rear cover, otherwise an as-new book]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED boldly by Lloyd Kaufman on the half-title page (which is also the front endpaper). The history of Troma Studois, told by its co-founder: "a story of guerilla filmmaking at its cheapest, of the American Dream torn limb from limb, and of topless starlets menaced by obscene rubber puppets." Introduction by Roger Corman. Signed by Author 
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My Wonderful World of Slapstick [*SIGNED*], Keaton, Buster, with Charles Samuels
65 Keaton, Buster, with Charles Samuels My Wonderful World of Slapstick [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1960 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Remy Charlip Signed by Author
[spine slightly turned, front hinge unobtrusively reinforced by a professional paper conservator, otherwise just a bit shelfworn at the bottom extremities; jacket slightly toned at spine, small chip at top of spine, rear hinge split but professionally repaired, overall a clean and attractive example of this easily-worn jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Buster Keaton on the verso of the half-title page (facing the title page). The inscription reads: "To Fritzie / My Queen, / From me, The King, / Buster." (The inscribee was actress Fritzi Burr, and the inscription is a reference to their joint appearance in the U.S. touring company of "Once Upon a Mattress" in 1960.) Billed as the "intimate autobiography" of the great comedian/filmmaker, it's one of those memoirs that manages to be both enchanting and infuriating, written as it was back in the day when many Hollywood autobiographies were unencumbered by such niceties as fact-checking. Still, as the personal testimony of one of the cinema's great artists, it more than deserves its inclusion in the noted bibliography "100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies." And to say that Buster Keaton inscriptions are uncommon is an understatement; although he was not illiterate -- a ridiculous notion floated by one of his less astute biographers -- he certainly was undereducated (he was being knocked about onstage by his father from the age of three, fer chrissake), and written documents of any sort in his hand are about as common as his on-screen smile. His art was brilliantly intuitive, and will endure for precisely that reason -- but a man of letters he was not. [Note that a cracked front hinge on this book has been unobtrusively repaired and reinforced by a professional paper conservator, and a similar repair performed on the rear hinge of the jacket.] Signed by Author 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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A Biographical Handbook of Hispanics and United States Film, Keller, Gary D.
66 Keller, Gary D. A Biographical Handbook of Hispanics and United States Film
Tempe AZ Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue (c.1997) 0-927534-56-8 / 9780927534567 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[slight bump to top rear corner, otherwise nice and clean with only minimal handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "The most complete biographic and filmographic record currently available on the participation of Hispanics in the United States film industry, [containing] information on hundreds of Hispanic actors, directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, producers, animators, and other film professionals who have participated in United States film from its beginnings in 1894 through the contemporary period, as well as filmographic information on the thousands of films in which they have been involved." 
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Child Prodigy: Erich Wolfgang's Years of Childhood (Preliminary Printing from the Work of Memoirs "Postludes in Major and Minor") [*SIGNED*], Korngold, Julius
67 Korngold, Julius Child Prodigy: Erich Wolfgang's Years of Childhood (Preliminary Printing from the Work of Memoirs "Postludes in Major and Minor") [*SIGNED*]
New York Willard Publishing Company (c.1945) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[slight wear to spine ends; jacket moderately age-toned, with a touch of soiling]. (photo frontispiece) 80 INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by George Korngold, Erich's younger son. Brief memoir of the youthful triumphs of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, written by his father -- who was not only a proud parent but also an eminent Viennese music critic. (He also died the same year this little book appeared, and it would appear that the memoir referenced in the book's subtitle was never published in full, at least not in English.) George Korngold, who inscribed this book in 1965 to film and music historian Rudy Behlmer, a "champion, friend and fan, all in one," would go on to produce several LPs of his father's film scores in the 1970s that were pivotal in the revival of his musical reputation. Very scarce, with OCLC reporting copies in only five libraries worldwide. Signed by Author 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Alain Resnais, Kreidl, John Francis
68 Kreidl, John Francis Alain Resnais
Boston Twayne Publishers 1978 0-8057-9256-2 / 9780805792560 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean tight copy, with just a trace of scraping to the gilt spine lettering & border, slight bumping to top corners, small bookstore stamp on ffep]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of ths important French New Wave director, featuring in-depth treatment of all his films from HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959) through PROVIDENCE (1977). (Other prominent titles include LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD and MURIEL.) He continued to make films after this book was published, of course (up until his death in 2014), but it's probably safe to say that his reputation and legacy were already established by the late 1970s. (The book's final chapter, in fact, is called "The Resnais Style Continues: Resnais' Legacy to the New German Cinema.") Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Resnais's life and career, a selected bibliography and a detailed filmography. Because most of the books in this series went to libraries, it's a bit hard to find clean, unmarked copies. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir, Kristel, Sylvia, with Jean Arcelin
69 Kristel, Sylvia, with Jean Arcelin Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir
London Fourth Estate 2007 0007256957 / 9780007256952 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice book with no discernible wear; jacket shows the teensiest bit of wrinkling at top edge of rear panel and bottom of front flap, not so's you'd notice unless I pointed it out]. (B&W and color photographs) "Naked, candid and heartbreakingly honest" memoir (published in France under the title "Nue" ("Nude")) by the actress who became an iconic figure of erotic cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, while also enduring "a descent into an excess of drugs and alcohol that matched her meteoric rise to world fame." The final decade of her life (she died in 2012) was spent battling throat and lung cancer. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Natalie Wood: A Life, Lambert, Gavin
70 Lambert, Gavin Natalie Wood: A Life
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2004 0-375-41074-0 / 9780375410741 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Carol Devine Carson 
[very nice copy, virtually as new, with no discernible wear to book; jacket has just a touch of soiling to the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Heartfelt and very personal biography of one of Hollywood's most luminous actresses, a star since childhood (MIRACLE ON 34TH ST., etc.) and someone that America literally watched grow up on screen. The author's long friendship with Wood began when she starred as the title character in the 1965 film INSIDE DAISY CLOVER, based on Lambert's novel of the same name, and lasted until her untimely accidental death in 1981 at the age of 43. 
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Nazimova: A Biography, Lambert, Gavin
71 Lambert, Gavin Nazimova: A Biography
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1997 0-679-40721-9 / 9780679407218 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, both book and jacket show only faint handling wear; jacket has one tiny closed tear at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) "A major rediscovery -- a full-scale biography -- of the electrifying Russian-born actress who brought Stanislavsky and Chekhov to American theatre, who was applauded, lionized, adored -- a legend of the stage and screen for forty years, and then strangely forgotten." 
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Norma Shearer: A Life, Lambert, Gavin
72 Lambert, Gavin Norma Shearer: A Life
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1990 0-394-55158-3 / 9780394551586 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Keith Sheridan 
(price-clipped) [good sound copy, light foxing/soiling to edges of text block, former owner's name and address on ffep; jacket a little scuffed and surface-worn, but no tears or other blemishes]. (B&W photographs) Biography of "the First Lady of MGM" (or, with a little more edge, "Queen of the Lot"), whose favored status at the studio, often attributed (somewhat unfairly) to the power of her husband Irving Thalberg, culminated when at the rather advanced age of 33 she won the part of Juliet in the 1936 film version of "Romeo and Juliet," released mere days before Irving kicked the bucket. Lambert, one of the great Hollywood biographers, vividly portrays the drama and complexity of Shearer's life, as he chronicles how "she was unfailingly attentive to detail, demanding that her costumes, her makeup, and, above all, her scenes, be perfect," while at the same time navigating her "highly publicized, studio-sculpted" marriage to Thalberg, and maintaining her elegant image as the "dream studio wife." And far from fading away after Thalberg's death, she continued to exercise control over her life and career, pursuing choice roles, fighting with Louis B. Mayer over control of M-G-M stock, struggling with the difficulties of motherhood, etc. (Of course, she did retire from the screen at almost the moment she hit forty, in 1942, but never mind about that.) 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood, Latham, Aaron
73 Latham, Aaron Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood
New York The Viking Press 1971 NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mel Williamson 
[nice clean copy, very light shelfwear, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on half-title page; jacket shows minor wear along top edge, light rubbing]. The first in-depth look at Fitzgerald's "last years in the movie capital [which] were marred by alcoholic outbursts, fights with producers, wild trips to the East Coast, insomnia, and ill health." The author was the first to gain access to the various scripts (many unproduced) that Fitzgerald had worked on for M-G-M, and he supplemented his examination of these texts with interviews with many of the writer's friends and colleagues, including Helen Hayes, Anita Loos, Frances and Albert Hackett, Groucho Marx and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. (NOTE that despite being a book club issue, this volume has exactly the same weight and feel as the first edition.) 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Mervyn LeRoy: Take One [*SIGNED*], LeRoy, Mervyn, as told to Dick Kleiner
74 LeRoy, Mervyn, as told to Dick Kleiner Mervyn LeRoy: Take One [*SIGNED*]
New York Hawthorn Books, Inc. (c.1974) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Anthony McCall Signed by Author
[minimal wear to book at extremities; jacket shows some wear at bottom edge of rear panel, 2-inch closed tear and associated creasing near bottom rear hinge, a little dog-earing along top edge of front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For Bill / whose [sic] in Love / with my favorite / Person. Hope you / enjoy this book.") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Autobiography of the noted movie producer-director (LITTLE CAESAR, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG, RANDOM HARVEST, etc.). [The identity of the inscribee, "Bill," is unknown.] Signed by Author 
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George Cukor, Master of Elegance: Hollywood's Legendary Director and His Stars, Levy, Emanuel
75 Levy, Emanuel George Cukor, Master of Elegance: Hollywood's Legendary Director and His Stars
New York William Morrow and Company, Inc. (c.1994) 0-688-11246-3 / 9780688112462 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Aulicino 
[nice clean tight copy, the very slightest bit of bumping at a couple of corners; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A biography of one of Hollywood's greatest director, "unfairly stereotyped as a women's director" (it sez here), which "describes in great detail the intriguing interplay between Cukor's life and professional career [and] places Cukor in the Hollywood studio system and shows the costs and rewards of working in such a system." Although Levy doesn't come right out and say so, the book would also seem to be something of a rebuttal to Patrick McGilligan's 1991 bio "George Cukor: A Double Life," which was the first book to fully explore the director's homosexuality; for instance, Levy puts forth an alternate view of the supposed Cukor-Clark Gable conflict that in McGilligan's telling was the primary cause of Cukor's dismissal from GONE WITH THE WIND, and in his introduction rather pointedly comments that Cukor "didn't lead a double life; he was just discreet about it." Levy also asserts that, of the several books on Cukor, his is the first to center around the question of "what made Cukor so special as a filmmaker," and he also claims to have interviewed more of the director's friends and colleagues than any other biographer. 
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Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television, Lucas, John Meredyth
76 Lucas, John Meredyth Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2004) 0-7684-1838-9 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[essentially as-new book, the only blemish being a slight bump to the bottom corner of the rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author, who completed this memoir shortly before his death in 2002, was the son of screenwriter Bess Meredyth and writer/director Wilfred Lucas, and the stepson of director Michael Curtiz. In addition to memories of them, and his "boy's-eye view of Hollywood in a time of glamour, decadence, and the golden years of filmmaking", he also discusses his own long career as a writer/producer/director in both feature films and television. 
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The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood [*SIGNED*], Maas, Frederica Sagor
77 Maas, Frederica Sagor The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood [*SIGNED*]
Lexington The University Press of Kentucky (c.1999) 0-8131-2122-1 / 9780813121222 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by a screenwriter who toiled, largely uncredited, mostly during the late silent period (1925-1929). The book's title derives from what is probably her best-known story credit (shared with her husband, Ernest Maas), for the 1947 Betty Grable musical comedy film of that name. As the author was already 99 years old when the book was published -- as evidenced by her shaky signature -- I can't imagine there are too many signed copies of this floating around....although she did live to be over 111! Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Those Were the Days, My Friend: My Life in Hollywood with David O. Selznick and Others, Macnamara, Paul
78 Macnamara, Paul Those Were the Days, My Friend: My Life in Hollywood with David O. Selznick and Others
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1993 0-8108-2694-1 / 9780810826946 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just light surface-scuffing]. (Filmmakers, no. 35) Series (B&W photographs) Memoir by Selznick's director of advertising and publicity during the 1940s. The author "paints a vivid and highly personal portrait of the legendary Hollywood producer, recalling his endless memoranda, his quixotic behavior, his marriage to actress Jennifer Jones, and his determination to market her as an international star. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Paradine Case, Portrait of Jennie, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." 
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Dwight Frye's Last Laugh: An Authorized Biography, Mank, Gregory William, James T. Coughlin, and Dwight D. Frye
79 Mank, Gregory William, James T. Coughlin, and Dwight D. Frye Dwight Frye's Last Laugh: An Authorized Biography
Baltimore Luminary Press 2003 (c.1997) 1887664114 / 9781887664110 Later Printing Softcover Fine 
[as new, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "The dramatic rise and fall of the actor who won immortality as the giggling Renfield of 'Dracula' and the sadistic hunchbank of 'Frankenstein.' Authorized by Dwight's son Dwight David, the book includes detailed information of Frye's early stage work, his Broadway triumphs, and his ghoulish typecasting in Hollywood -- which ironically assured him a posthumous cult status among horror film disciples." [PRINTING NOTE: The last page bears the information "Made in the USA / Lexington, KY / 20 March 2011"; in other words, despite the "2nd printing, 2003" statement on the copyright page, this is in fact a later "printing" (probably on-demand) of the book.] 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself): The Story of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Marx, Arthur
80 Marx, Arthur Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself): The Story of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
New York Hawthorn Books, Inc. (c.1974) 0-8015-2430-X / 9780801524301 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Bruce Stark 
(price-clipped) [light soiling/spotting to fore-edge, otherwise no significant wear, brief gift inscription (non-authorial) at upper corner of ffep; jacket is clean and bright, but has a couple of faint horizontal blue lines that were a "transfer" from an old jacket protector (now replaced), also some very minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs) The story of one of the more tempestuous show-biz partnerships of all time, by a Hollywood insider (Son of Groucho) who "not only comes up with many new and amusing revelations and anecdotes about his protagonists, but, at the same time, gives the reader a shocking glimpse ino the cutthroat world of show business, where money is king, no holds are barred (either in front of the camera or in the bedroom), and past loyalties are forgotten in the mad scramble for superstardom." 
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