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Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast, McGilligan, Patrick
81 McGilligan, Patrick Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast
New York St. Martin's Press 1997 0-321-13247-6 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Sheri G. Lee / Joyfunstudio 
[spine a little turned, no other significant wear; jacket just a teensy bit rubbed, with a tiny puncture-tear at the left side of the front panel]. (B&W photographs) A "deeply researched, keenly stylish biography" of the German-born film director, who came to America in the early 1930s -- according to legend (often repeated by Lang himself) after Adolf Hitler had offered to make him the "Führer of film." McGilligan, however, casts considerable doubt on this version of Lang's flight from Nazi Germany, and seeks to shed light on other questions that have shadowed the director's reputation: "Was Lang a sensitive and compassionate artist, as well as a lover of famous women (among them his Berlin compatriot Marlene Dietrich)? Or was he a sado-masochistic beast whose torturous on-set behavior was mirrored, off the job, in a sordid love life crowded with prostitutes and mistresses?" The sensationalistic tone of the dust jacket notwithstanding, however, the author is also a film scholar of the first rank, and the book is an intelligent and penetrating exploration of Lang's life and work. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Art Acord and the Movies: A Biography and Filmography [*SIGNED*], McKinney, Grange B.
82 McKinney, Grange B. Art Acord and the Movies: A Biography and Filmography [*SIGNED*]
Raleigh NC Wyatt Classics, Inc. (c.2000) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[both book and jacket show only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs, color reproductions) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Meticulously-researched chronicle of the life and career of Acord (1890-1931), a former rodeo performer who became a Western movie star in the silent era. The book provides "an account of [his] involvement in Westerns from his early days with the Selig Polyscope and Bison studios; to his popular Buck Parvin films with the Flying A Studio in Santa Barbara; to his success at Carl Laemmle's Universal City; to his downfall and brief stay on Poverty Row; and finally to his death in Mexico in relative obscurity at age forty." In addition to numerous black-and-white photographs, there is a nice color section consisting mostly of reproductions of posters and lobby cards of Acord's films. Bibliography; Index. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat, McPherson, Edward
83 McPherson, Edward Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat
New York Newmarket Press 2005 (c.2004) 1-55704-665-4 / 9781557046659 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Two Associates 
[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket has a tiny tear to top front hinge (virtually invisible inside new jacket protector), very slight wear along top edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Heartbreaker, Meyer, John
84 Meyer, John Heartbreaker
Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1983 0-385-18421-2 / 9780385184212 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) John Loengard 
[nice tight clean copy, remainder spray to bottom edge but no significant wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear, one tiny nick at front foldover]. Memoir by a songwriter/novelist who became romantically involved with Judy Garland in her later years. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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For the Sake of Shadows, Miller, Max
85 Miller, Max For the Sake of Shadows
[New York] E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1936 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj Illustrated by (dj) Ancona 
[book is lightly worn at corners and bottom edge, but still a solid and clean copy; jacket a bit rough, with some surface moisture damage to the front panel, uneven fading, a bit of paper loss at most corners, and a large chip at the base of the spine that extends into the bottom corner of the rear panel]. The author relates his screenwriting sojourn in Hollywood. A newspaper reporter and columnist based in San Diego, he was best known for his 1932 book "I Cover the Waterfront"; it was filmed twice, in 1933 and 1961, but apart from that he seems to have willingly kept his distance from the movie colony -- with the exception of the nine days or so at an unnamed studio (probably M-G-M) that provided him with the fodder for this book. He admits in the first few pages here that he's only in it for the prospect of some quick cash to pay for re-roofing his house and picking up a few new shirts; and for this largesse he has agreed to work up some kind of a scenario involving "a girl and a boy and the United States Coast Guard." (His only other known screen credit was for the story of the 1933 Paramount film HELL AND HIGH WATER, but that would appear to be unrelated to the assignment depicted in this book.) By the tone of his own account, he seems to have been temperamentally unsuited for either Hollywood itself (the town) or for the simultaneously intense and laid-back atmosphere of the movie studios; in any event, he doesn't seem to have worked very hard at any actual writing, although he has collected plenty of interesting anecdotes and observations about the daily life and routines of his fellow writers (none of which, rather annoyingly, does he choose to identify by name, although a clearly recognizable Frank Wead is depicted, and Irving S. Cobb makes a kind of cameo appearance at the beginning of the book, as Miller is given Cobb's old office to work in). Miller was a sort of West Coast Joseph Mitchell, you might say, with an "intimate, casual and perceptive style." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Rouben Mamoulian, Milne, Tom
86 Milne, Tom Rouben Mamoulian
Bloomington IN/London Indiana University Press 1970 (c.1969) 0-253-15015-9 / 9780253150158 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[very light scuffing to bottom edges of boards; jacket somewhat rubbed on rear panel, minor wrinkling at bottom edge of rear panel]. (Cinema One) Series (B&W photographs) Excellent overview of the film career of the innovative director of APPLAUSE, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, QUEEN CHRISTINA, THE MARK OF ZORRO, SILK STOCKINGS, etc. Includes a detailed filmography, a highlight of this series. As with man volumes in this well-regarded series, the hardcover issues are considerably less common than the paperbacks. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Passions of Howard Hughes [*SIGNED*], Moore, Terry, and Jerry Rivers
87 Moore, Terry, and Jerry Rivers The Passions of Howard Hughes [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles General Publishing Group (c.1996) 1-881649-88-1 / 9781881649885 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by both authors on the ffep. A chronicle of life with HH, by the actress who (after he died) claimed that they had married secretly in 1949 and had never divorced, the book exhibits one of the stranger choices of narrative voice you're likely to find: although Moore is telling of her own romance and long association with Hughes, only in the book's prologue does she write in the first person. The rest of the book -- including her personal encounters with Hughes -- is presented as a third-person narrative. What's that about, I wonder? Signed by All Authors 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Robert Morley Bedside Reader, Morley, Robert
88 Morley, Robert The Robert Morley Bedside Reader
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1976 (c.1974) 0-8092-8130-9 / 9780809281305 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight copy, very light shelfwear, small smudge on half-title page; jacket shows a little wear at edges, minor wrinkling and tiny tears at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) "The first anthology of the best writing of Robert Morley is both a literary and a social event. Morley has always considered himself to be as much writer as actor, and, in addition to his plays, he has long been a contributor to American and British magazines. In 1972 he was voted wittiest writer of the year by Playboy. Ranging from delightful reminiscences of his childhood in England to hilarious accounts of his various travels, he reveals himself as a self-mocking, candid man." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Alice Faye Movie Book [*SIGNED* by Alice Faye], Moshier, W. Franklyn
89 Moshier, W. Franklyn The Alice Faye Movie Book [*SIGNED* by Alice Faye]
Harrisburg PA Stackpole Books (c.1974) 0-8117-0086-0 / 9780811700863 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, minor wear at extremities; jacket spine lightly sunned, one tiny puncture tear in spine, tiny chip at upper right-hand corner of front panel, also very minor paper loss at top rear corner (at jacket flap foldover point)]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____") and SIGNED by Alice Faye on the reverse of the dedication page. A comprehensive, film-by-film rundown of the popular star's career, in the typical "Films of" format with cast/credits, plot synopses, notes and reviews for each film, along with a healthy selection of photographs. Also includes: a 17-page biography; a 3-page article about her popularity with British audiences; discography. The book's Foreword is by Henry King, who directed Miss Faye in three films. Signed by Biographee 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Anthony Asquith (New Index Series No. 5), Noble, Peter, comp.
90 Noble, Peter, comp. Anthony Asquith (New Index Series No. 5)
London British Film Institute [1952] First Edition Stapled wraps Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, rubbing/scuffing to covers; covers still firmly attached at staples]. (New Index Series) Series (B&W photographs) 46-page monograph on the noted British film director, whose career began in the silent days and included such stellar productions as PYGMALION, THE WINSLOW BOY and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Includes basic credits on all his films. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Love Song to a Long Gone Time: Memoirs of a Moviegoer from Way Back [*SIGNED*], O'Grady, Chris
91 O'Grady, Chris Love Song to a Long Gone Time: Memoirs of a Moviegoer from Way Back [*SIGNED*]
New York Vantage Press (c.1987) 0-533-07131-3 / 9780533071319 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, light wear extremities; jacket rubbed, spine and front panel somewhat faded, a couple of tiny edge tears]. SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription (and his phone number), on the front pastedown. "Growing up in the Bronx in the thirties and early forties, [the author] went to the movies almost every single weekend, developing a lifelong affection for even the most obscure productions of the period. [His book], a wide-ranging collection of memories and meditations, is testimony to that affection. It is both a vivid reconstruction of the impact of these movies on a ten-year-old viewing (not to mention the often agonizing circumstances attending his attendance) and a more objective assessment of the stars, bit players, studios, producers, directors, and other contributors to the prolificacy of the time as viewed from the perspective of the mature enthusiast." Includes a chapter on Horace McCoy's screenwriting work. Signed by Author 
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Nelson Pereira dos Santos: The Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award [commemorative publication, 2002], O'Grady, Gerald, ed.
92 O'Grady, Gerald, ed. Nelson Pereira dos Santos: The Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award [commemorative publication, 2002]
Los Angeles Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2002 NO First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
(oversize stapled wraps, 17" x 11") [a bit curled along spine, some bending/dog-earing at corners of front cover, overall quite clean except for a small stain on pp. 86-87 which has bled through a bit to several adjacent pages; staples are holding firmly]. Tribute publication issued by the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, to commemorate the lifetime achievement award presented to the great Brazilian film director at the festival held July 19-28, 2002. Its 96 large-format pages (including covers) contain an enormous amount of information about dos Santos' films and career. The contents are divided into four primary sections: (1) Views from the Filmmaker, consisting mostly of his lengthy discourse on "Cinema Novo & Beyond"; (2) Interviews, seven in all ranging from 1972 to 2002; (3) Overviews of his work, three individual pieces; and (4) Reviews/Interpretations of the Filmmaker's Works, 26 essays mostly on individual films. Also includes a detailed filmography and and an extensive bibliography, the latter citing works in both English and Portuguese. (The textual matter is in English throughout.) 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Dimitri Tiomkin: A Portrait, Palmer, Christopher
93 Palmer, Christopher Dimitri Tiomkin: A Portrait
London T.E. Books 1984 0-9509439-0-8 / 9780950943909 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very nice book, no discernible wear; jacket shows only light scuffing and minor surface wear]. (B&W and color photographs, musical facsimiles) A brief biography of the great film composer, coupled with a critical survey of his most important scores. Includes a list of Tiomkin's principal awards and honors, and a complete filmography (titles only). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Tough Guys, Parish, James Robert
94 Parish, James Robert The Tough Guys
New Rochelle NY Arlington House (c.1976) 0-87000-338-0 / 9780870003387 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Marge Terracciano 
[nice tight copy, apparently unread, top rear corner very slightly bumped, one-time owner's signature and date scrawled in red on front pastedown; jacket bright and attractive, very minor wear to extremities]. (B&W photographs) Thorough career surveys of James Cagney, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Paul Muni, Edward G. Robinson and Robert Ryan, with full and detailed filmographies for all, and lots of photos. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Valentino the Unforgotten, Peterson, Roger C.
95 Peterson, Roger C. Valentino the Unforgotten
Los Angeles Wetzel Publishing Co., Inc. (c.1937) NO First Edition Hardcover Fair 
(no dust jacket) [heavily worn, especially on bottom edge and along spine, with some deterioration of the binding along the bottom inch and a half of the front joint; the binding is solid, however, and the book is internally quite clean]. (B&W photographs) An examination of the Rudolph Valentino cult about a decade after his death, by an author who witnessed its growth first-hand, as custodian of the Cathedral Mausoleum at the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (today known as "Hollywood Forever"), a position he assumed the year following Valentino's interment and held until 1940. "The germ of my desire to write this book," he explains in his Preface, "took life and grew from my amazement at the never ceasing parade of people seeking the Valentino crypt, when there are so few, comparatively, looking for the tombs of others who achieved greater and more sustained fame during their lives." He goes to some pains to explain that he was just a regular guy from Duluth, "too normal and healthy a person to be unduly influenced by the uncanny or the mystic," and a decade or so of dealing with the many thousands of devotees, seems to have turned him into a believer. The book includes all kinds of interesting stuff: excerpts from Valentino's diary; accounts of the author's own eerie experiences at the crypt; details of his interaction with the original Lady in Black; graphological and numerological analyses of Valentino's personality; examples of fan mail that Valentino continued to receive (c/o the cemetery!) long after his death; etc. The book was reprinted in 2007, but the original edition is quite scarce in any condition; bargain-priced here due to its less-than-stellar condition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Sunshine and Shadow [*SIGNED*], Pickford, Mary
96 Pickford, Mary Sunshine and Shadow [*SIGNED*]
London William Heinemann Ltd. 1956 NO 1st U.K. edition Hardcover Good in Good dj Signed by Author
[book heavily shelfworn but internally clean, binding is solid; NOTE that the dust jacket is from the American (Doubleday) edition of the book, and in addition to general overall wear is slightly taller than the book itself, contributing to wrinkling and shallow chipping at the spine ends and along top and bottom edges]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the legendary "America's Sweetheart" on the ffep; the inscription is "To my three dear friends -- / Gertrude - May and Gordon, / With my love from / Mary . . . (Pickford) / 1961." Introduction by Cecil B. DeMille. [Note the mismatch between the book (the British edition) and the jacket (from the American printing); this is how the book came to us.] Signed by Author 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The Films of Ronald Colman, Quirk, Lawrence J.
97 Quirk, Lawrence J. The Films of Ronald Colman
Secacus NJ The Citadel Press (c.1977) 0-8065-0562-1 / 9780806505626 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Anderson 
[minimal shelfwear, slight bump to bottom rear corner, very light foxing to top edge, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on ffep; jacket shows light wear and minor wrinkling at extremities]. (B&W photographs) A film-by-film chronicle of the career of this most polished of screen actors, who became a star in the late silent era and transitioned smoothly to talkies -- one might even say transcended, when you take into account that wonderful voice. The usual: cast, credits and synopses for all his films, plus an introductory biographical essay and a portrait gallery. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*], Ralston, Esther
98 Ralston, Esther Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]
Metuchen NJ/London The Scarecrow Press 1985 0-8108-1814-0 / 9780810818149 First Edition Hardcover Fine Signed by Author
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, with no discernible wear; appears unread]. (Filmmakers, No. 11) Series (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription, beneath her frontispiece portrait photo. "One of the top contract players at Paramount in the Twenties, Esther Ralston brought considerable elegance and grace to such productions as PETER PAN, BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK, A KISS FOR CINDERELLA, OLD IRONSIDES and THE CASE OF LENA SMITH. All of those films are discussed here, as is her childhood, when she worked on stage with her family, billed as 'Baby Esther, America's Youngest Juliet'; her first entry into films as an extra in the mid 'teens; and her working relationship with such colorful characters as Dorothy Arzner, Herbert Brenon, Gary Cooper, and Josef von Sternberg." Signed by Author 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*], Rich, Sharon
99 Rich, Sharon Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy [*SIGNED*]
New York Donald I. Fine, Inc. (c.1994) 1-55611-407-9 / 9781556114076 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Karen Katz 
(price-clipped) [slightly dust-soiled on top edge, otherwise a very nice copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only light surface wear, would also rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED on the ffep by both the author and Jon Eddy (illegitimate son of Nelson), who wrote the book's introduction. Detailed chronicle of the romantic singing duo's on- and off-screen romance, the latter purportedly "revealed here for the first time." Well, not exactly. The writer of this tome co-authored an earlier treatment of the same subject away back in 1976, entitled "Farewell to Dreams," an exceedingly strange (and now very hard-to-find) work that read like a romance novel, cross-pollinated with soft-core porn in the Jacqueline Susann vein -- including some steamy and rather explicit accounts of sexual encounters between the golden pair. I haven't taken the time to plow through the nearly 500 pages of the present volume to see if this approach has been maintained. Signed by All Authors 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood], Rogowski, Zbigniew K.
100 Rogowski, Zbigniew K. Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood]
Warszawa [Warsaw] Oficyna Wydawnicza Szczepan Szymanski 1994 83-86469-04-8 / 9788386469048 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(laminated boards; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [minor shelfwear only]. (B&W and color photographs) The author (1923-2007) was a minor Polish actor, but a prolific Hollywood correspondent for various Polish publications. As the book's photographs -- almost exclusively of the "here I am with Celebrity X" variety -- attest, he managed to finagle access to some of Hollywood's top names, scoring (presumably) exclusive interviews, which are presented here in POLISH TRANSLATION. His subjects included: Hal Roach, Pola Negri, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda ("Henry'ego Fondy"), Evelyn Keyes, Gregory Peck, John Gielgud, George Cukor, Harry Wolf, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Telly Savalas, Jimmy Stewart, Billy Wilder, Milton Krasner, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Robert Wise, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Peter Falk, Mel Brooks, Rick Baker, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Wagner, Bronislaw Kaper, Roman Polanski, Stacy Keach, Arthur Hiller, Lois Nettleton, and a few others. Mel Brooks and Billy Wilder seem to have been particular favorites, as there are several interviews with each. But in case you weren't paying attention at the top, or have already forgotten, the WHOLE BOOK IS IN POLISH. 
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