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Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller: The Screenplay of Playback [*SIGNED* by Parker], Chandler, Raymond; introduction by Robert B. Parker
1 Chandler, Raymond; introduction by Robert B. Parker Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller: The Screenplay of Playback [*SIGNED* by Parker]
New York The Mysterious Press (c.1985) 0-89296-128-7 / 9780892961283 First Trade Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) John Jinks 
[nice clean copy, both book and jacket essentially as-new]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by James Pepper (who wrote the Preface and was instrumental in bringing this unproduced screenplay of Chandler's into print) and additionally SIGNED by Robert B. Parker, who in his Introduction calls it "a good screenplay [that] would have made a good film" and has particular praise for "Chandler's dialogue, always pungent and interesting," as well as an "affection for his characters [that] gave Chandler's work a wholeness and credibility that few writers have exceeded and [that] is manifest in this screenplay as much as in any of the novels." Printed here is the second of two drafts completed by Chandler for Universal Pictures, dated March 24, 1948; Chandler later re-worked the story into his last published novel, also called "Playback." Signed by Associated 
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Sunday Bloody Sunday: The Script of the John Schlesinger Film, Gilliatt, Penelope
2 Gilliatt, Penelope Sunday Bloody Sunday: The Script of the John Schlesinger Film
New York The Viking Press 1972 (c.1971) 0-670-68338-8 / 9780670683383 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Nancy Tausek 
[nice clean copy, very light wear to base of spine, bookseller's stamp on ffep; jacket a bit rubbed/scuffed, very minor edgewear]. 
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Sette anni di guai [Seven Years Bad Luck] (Cineteca Domus in Volumi, 7), Linder, Max; a cura di Aldo Buzzi
3 Linder, Max; a cura di Aldo Buzzi Sette anni di guai [Seven Years Bad Luck] (Cineteca Domus in Volumi, 7)
Milano Editoriale Domus 1945 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear, small dent at top of front cover, another at bottom, some spotting/discoloration to endpapers, spine a bit turned; jacket worn at edges/corners, rear panel soiled, some paper loss at base of spine]. (B&W photographs) Scenario (in Italian) of the 1921 silent film, illustrated by frame blow-ups. This was one of a handful of American films made late in his career by the then-celebrated, now largely forgotten French silent comedian Max Linder. (Yes, you read that right -- an Italian script of an American film by a French comedian.) 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1996) [includes GET SHORTY], Lippy, Tod, ed.
4 Lippy, Tod, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1996) [includes GET SHORTY]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1996 NO (Vol. 2, No. 1) Periodical Very Good+ Illustrated by various illustrators 
[decent clean copy, light handling wear and minor diagonal creasing at upper corners of covers, tiny tear at top rear corner of spine]. This issue contains the following screenplays, accompanied by interviews with their respective writers: GET SHORTY (Scott Frank); TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (Charles Burnett); A LITTLE PRINCESS (Richard LaGravenese & Elizabeth Chandler); GEORGIA (Barbara Turner). The Keynote Essay is "That Big Bad Wolf Called Criticism" by Darnell Martin. 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1997) [includes NORTH BY NORTHWEST], Lippy, Tod, ed.
5 Lippy, Tod, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1997) [includes NORTH BY NORTHWEST]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1997 NO (Vol. 3, No. 1) Periodical Near Fine Illustrated by various illustrators 
[nice clean copy, light surface wear to front cover, a bit of edgewear to covers]. Complete screenplays in this issue are: ROSEWOOD (Gregory Poirier), with an interview with Poirier; BREAKING AWAY (Steve Tesich), along with a brief biography of Tesich and an interview with the film's director, Peter Yates; SCREAM (Kevin Williamson), plus interviews with Williamson and director Wes Craven; and NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Ernest Lehman), with an interview with Lehman. This issue also includes the entire list of 34 films for which the Writers Guild of America, west, had issued "corrected credits" (to right the wrongs of the blacklist era). 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Winter 1996) [includes BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK], Lippy, Tod, ed.
6 Lippy, Tod, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Winter 1996) [includes BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1996 NO (Vol. 2, No. 4) Periodical Very Good+ Illustrated by various illustrators 
[clean but slightly worn copy, short diagonal creasing at corners of front cover, individual script titles faded from spine (you wouldn't have known unless I told you, or you had another copy to compare it to)] Complete screenplays in this issue are: TIN CUP (John Norville and Ron Shelton); CITIZEN RUTH (Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor); BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (Millard Kaufman); THE DREYFUS AFFAIR (Peter Lefcourt; an unproduced screenplay based on his novel); TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US (winner of the magazine's first annual Student Screenplay Competition, co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation). Following the magazine's usual format, each script is followed by interview(s) with its writer or writers. Particularly interesting (well, to me at least) is the material regarding THE DREYFUS AFFAIR, an as-yet unproduced screenplay about two Major League baseball players who fall in love -- with each other -- and the ensuing hullaballoo when their affair is revealed; I've long been a fan of Lefcourt's, and if his script is half as funny as his book, it should have been a movie by now! (No doubt it's out there somewhere in Hollywood, in turnaround limbo.) 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Winter 1997) [includes MIDNIGHT COWBOY and THE SWEET HEREAFTER], Lippy, Tod, ed.
7 Lippy, Tod, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Winter 1997) [includes MIDNIGHT COWBOY and THE SWEET HEREAFTER]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1997 (Vol. 3, No. 4) Periodical Near Fine Illustrated by various illustrators 
[very nice copy, tiny surface-scraping at lower left-hand corner of front cover, so inconspicuous you wouldn't have noticed it if I'da kept my big mouth shut]. Complete screenplays in this issue are: THE SWEET HEREAFTER (Atom Egoyan); MIDNIGHT COWBOY (Waldo Salt); TELLINGS LIES IN AMERICA (Joe Eszterhas); ONE CRASH, THREE ACCIDENTS (the 1997 Student Screenplay Competition winner, by Jason Greiff). Following the usual format, each script is followed by interview(s) with either the writer or other creative personnel. (In the case of MIDNIGHT COWBOY, screenwriter Salt having died in 1987, there are interviews with producer Jerome Hellman, director John Schlesinger, and the writer's daughter Jennifer Salt, plus a biography of Salt himself. For THE SWEET HEREAFTER, there is an interview with novelist Russell Banks as well as with writer/diretor Egoyan.) 
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Judgment at Nuremberg: The Script of the Film, Mann, Abby
8 Mann, Abby Judgment at Nuremberg: The Script of the Film
London Cassell & Company, Ltd. 1961 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[a few tiny white spots along bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear to book; jacket has the same kind of white spotting (like tiny paint spots) along bottom edge of front panel, minor wear to spine ends, faint soiling to rear panel]. Mann's full screenplay for the 1961 Stanley Kramer-produced and directed film, first presented as a TV drama in 1959. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, but it was up against WEST SIDE STORY, so there you go -- it took home only two statuettes, but at least one of them was for this script. Illustrated with black & white photographs (all scene stills except for one shot showing director Stanley Kramer and his crew filming a courtroom scene). The screenplay as such seems to have never been published in the U.S.; there was a paperback novelization at the time of the movie's release, and a stage adaptation has also seen print here. 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (1999) [includes ELECTION, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and THE BIRDS], Nocenti, Annie, ed.
9 Nocenti, Annie, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (1999) [includes ELECTION, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and THE BIRDS]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1999 NO (Vol. 5, No. 2) Periodical Fine Illustrated by various illustrators 
[very faint edgewear, otherwise clean and newsstand-bright; just about as nice as you could possibly want]. A "theme" issue of sorts, with two of the three complete screenplays -- ELECTION (by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor) and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (by Stewart Stern) -- providing a cross-generational justification for the "Dangerous Teens" heading at the top of the front cover; additionally, the Keynote Essay, by Molly Haskell, is called "Teen Power." The third script, while not teen-themed, is "dangerous" in a different way: THE BIRDS by Evan Hunter. All scripts, as usual with this publication, are accompanied by interviews with their writers, and there are several other features of interest in this issue: an article by Donald Spoto, "Love, Dreams & Hitchcock," addressing the question of whether or not Alfred Hitchcock was a romantic; an article by Millard Kaufman about the hubbub surrounding the presentation of an honorary Oscar to Elia Kazan; a discussion of Philip Glass's film scores, by Michael Rohatyn. Rounding out the issue are two short film scripts: GOFER, by Joe Hamersky, and FISH BELLY WHITE, by Michael Burke. 
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Jules and Jim (Modern Film Scripts), Truffaut, Francois (translated from the French by Nicholas Fry)
10 Truffaut, Francois (translated from the French by Nicholas Fry) Jules and Jim (Modern Film Scripts)
New York Simon and Schuster 1968 NO 2nd printing Softcover Very Good 
[moderate overall wear/rubbing; binding solid, inside clean]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) 
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The Naked City: A Screenplay, Wald, Malvin, and Albert Maltz (ed. by Matthew J. Bruccoli)
11 Wald, Malvin, and Albert Maltz (ed. by Matthew J. Bruccoli) The Naked City: A Screenplay
Carbondale/Edwardsville IL Southern Illinois University Press (c.1979) 0-8093-0910-6 / 9780809309108 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [book is as-new, no discernible wear; jacket slightly bumped at top front corner, otherwise flawless, downgraded from Near Fine only because of the price-clipping]. (Screenplay Library) Series (B&W photographs) Screenplay for the 1948 film, with an lengthy afterword by screenwriter Wald, in which he discusses the genesis, writing and production of the film. Errata sheet laid in at rear of book, the sole purpose of which seems to have been to correct the screenplay credit to put Maltz's name before Wald's. 
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Irma La Douce; a screenplay, Wilder, Billy, and I.A.L. Diamond
12 Wilder, Billy, and I.A.L. Diamond Irma La Douce; a screenplay
Tower Publications (A Midwood-Tower Book, F275) 1963 NO First Edition Softcover Fair 
[cheaply-produced paperback, such that any amount of stress on the binding will inevitably result in a cracked binding andloose pages; this copy shows no signs of ever having been read, but it must have been opened, as there are a couple of loose (detached) pages and a half-inch crack at the bottom front hinge]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) The screenplay for Wilder & Diamond's 1963 romantic comedy about a happy-go-lucky Parisian prostitute and the gendarme who loves her, starring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon. It was a non-musical version of the 1956 French musical play of the same name, an enormous success which had a four-year run in Paris; the Broadway version, which opened in 1960, garnered a bunch of Tony nominations. 
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Baby Doll: The Script for the Film ... incorporating the two one-act plays which suggested it, Williams, Tennessee
13 Williams, Tennessee Baby Doll: The Script for the Film ... incorporating the two one-act plays which suggested it
New York New Directions (c.1956) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Lustig 
[nice tight copy, minor wear to extremities; jacket has a somewhat ragged tear across the spine about 2 inches from the top (minor paper loss), otherwise just lightly edgeworn]. The screenplay by Williams, accompanied by two one-act plays, "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and "The Long Stay Cut Short; or, The Unsatisfactory Supper," from which it was developed. The Elia Kazan film, released in 1956, was a pretty raw piece of work. 
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Dark Victory, [Robinson, Casey] (Bernard F. Dick, ed.)
14 [Robinson, Casey] (Bernard F. Dick, ed.) Dark Victory
Madison University of Wisconsin Press 1981 0-299-08760-3 / 9780299087609 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[minor bumping in vicinity of spine ends, otherwise a tight clean copy with minimal wear; jacket moderately edgeworn, small tear and a bit of paper loss at top of spine, soiling to rear panel]. (Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series) Series (B&W photographs) Typically excellent entry in this screenplay series, with an erudite introduction by historian Bernard F. Dick, discussing the "factual, anecdotal and mythical" history of this classic film. In addition to the screenplay itself (annotated by the editor), the volume includes a healthy selection of frame blow-ups from the film. The only sour note is that this volume exhibits what I consider to be a major problem with this series, namely its failure to give the names of the actual SCREENWRITERS the prominence they deserve: the writers' names are on neither the books' covers nor their title pages, but can only be found on the first page of the script itself. For shame. 
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Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1998) [includes YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SPANISH PRISONER and THE BLACK DOLL], {Gorey, Edward} {Mamet, David} Nocenti, Annie, ed.
15 {Gorey, Edward} {Mamet, David} Nocenti, Annie, ed. Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (Spring 1998) [includes YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SPANISH PRISONER and THE BLACK DOLL]
New York RC Publications Inc. 1998 NO (Vol. 4, No. 1) Periodical Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover) Rudy Muller; various illustrators 
[light edgewear, top front corner bumped (cover and first several pages), some light diagonal creasing at top left front cover]. Complete screenplays, with writer interviews: THE FULL MONTY (Simon Beaufoy); YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, both interviewed); THE SPANISH PRISONER (David Mamet; in addition to the interview there is also an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum, drawing connections between Mamet's work and that of Alfred Hitchcock); and THE BLACK DOLL (Edward Gorey). The last-named is described as "an unproduced silent film script by a wry master of menace" featuring "fiends, fainting ladies, Asiatics, poison, pallbearer gloves and a masked ball"; in addition to being interviewed, Gorey also provided the illustrations for his script. This issue's Keynote Essay is "An Archfield Auteurist's Notes on Screenwriting" by Andrew Sarris. 
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A Day at the Races, {The Marx Brothers} Pirosh, Robert, George Seaton, and George Oppenheimer; story by Robert Pirosh and George Seaton
16 {The Marx Brothers} Pirosh, Robert, George Seaton, and George Oppenheimer; story by Robert Pirosh and George Seaton A Day at the Races
New York The Viking Press 1972 0-670-25887-3 / 9780670258871 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows only light surface- and edge-wear]. (The MGM Library of Film Scripts) Series (B&W photographs) In their second M-G-M outing, Groucho, Harpo and Chico (now permanently Zeppo-less) take on the medical profession, with Groucho as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a horse doctor posing as the medical director of a sanitarium. Both the original script and the dialogue and action from the film as released are presented, it sez here, "because the final film differs so much from the script." (As with all the books in this series, the hardcover printings are much less common than the simultaneously-issued trade paperbacks.) 
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