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Spider Boy; a scenario for a moving picture, Van Vechten, Carl
61 Van Vechten, Carl Spider Boy; a scenario for a moving picture
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1928 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [decent reading copy, with moderate external soiling, rubbed and dulled spine, binding just starting to crack in middle of book; small vintage bookseller's label (Gotham Book Mart) at bottom of rear pastedown]. Satirical novel about an excruciatingly shy writer from Kansas City who goes to New York, where he meets with a notable lack of success until he "accidentally" writes a hit play by simply recounting the particulars of a notorious court case he remembers from his hometown. Before you can say "one-hit wonder," he finds himself in Hollywood, under contract to a movie studio even though he hasn't the slightest idea how to go about writing a scenario. His continuing bewilderment, however, presents no serious impediment to his Chauncey Gardiner-like rise to fame and success. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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A Tough Act to Follow, Wilk, Max
62 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
63 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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Make With the Brains, Pierre, Wilson, Dana
64 Wilson, Dana Make With the Brains, Pierre
New York Julian Messner, Inc. (c.1946) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid and tight, gilt lettering on spine bright; a little spotting on fore-edge, some shelfwear to bottom of book]. Mystery novel set in Hollywood, with the protagonist a European emigre working as a film editor. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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