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A Dreadful Man

By: Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22187

ISBN: 0-671-24797-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[small remainder stamp (the little S&S man) on bottom edge, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A biography of actor George Sanders, who committed suicide at the age of 65 because he was "bored" (although he clearly was suffering from depression), by a close friend and fellow actor. From the jacket: "a splendid examination of a complex and fascinating personality ... View more info

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William Wyler

By: Anderegg, Michael A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston, Twayne Publishers: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18103

ISBN: 0-8057-9268-6

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket, as issued) [some rubbing to gilt lettering and decoration on spine, otherwise a solid, unworn copy, with a slight musty smell that will probably dissipate over time]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of the great American film director. Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Wyler's life, a selected bibliography and a filmography. Because most of the books ... View more info

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

By: Andrews, Julie

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Hyperion: (c.2008)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16484

ISBN: 0786865652

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight unread copy, very slight bump to top rear corner, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear, bumped down from Near Fine only because of the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) Because I've loved Julie Andrews since I was eleven years old. You got a problem? View more info

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So You Wanna Be a Director? [*SIGNED*]

By: Annakin, Ken

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Sheffield, England, Tomahawk Press: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18385

ISBN: 0-9531926-5-2

Condition: Very Good


[slight dog-earing to corners of rear cover, a bit of scuffing and minor creasing to covers, light soiling to page edges, small gouge in bottom edge]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED generically ("Best Wishes") and SIGNED by the author at the upper corner of the ffep. Memoir by the veteran British director, who (per the cover blurb) "has directed, written and produced over fifty feature films in Africa, India, Malaysia, Scandinavia, China, Europe and Am... View more info

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Arthur Jacobson; interviewed by Irene Kahn Atkins [*SIGNED* by Jacobson]

By: Atkins, Irene Kahn

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Directors Guild of America & The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24114

ISBN: 0-8108-2705-0

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [tight and clean, with no discernible wear; one-time owner's address label on ffep]. (The Directors Guild of America Oral History Series, No. 11) Series (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the interview subject on the 2nd ffep: "To my dear friends / _____ & ____ / Affectionately, / Artie." (The inscription and signature are in a somewhat shaky hand, but after all he was about 90 years old when the book was published, a... View more info

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Eisenstein

By: Barna, Yon (translated by Lise Hunter)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press: 1973

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15299

ISBN: 0-253-12135-3

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along right side of front panel, very light soiling]. (B&W photographs) Critical biography of the great Soviet filmmaker, originally published in Bucharest in 1966; this edition was "substantially revised by the author." Review copy, with original publisher's slip laid in. View more info

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James Dean: A Biography

By: Bast, William

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Ballantine Books: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17722

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[very light bumping at several corners and base of spine, very slight deterioration to cloth at base of spine, small date stamp on ffep; jacket a bit scuffed and edgeworn, one slightly ragged closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel, small chip at top of rear panel, minor paper loss at spine corners]. (B&W photograph) The first book-length biography of Dean to appear after his death, by a friend (and former UCLA classmate); issued simultaneously in pape... View more info

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Memo from David O. Selznick

By: Behlmer, Rudy, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17602

ISBN: 0-670-46766-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, binding solid (no small matter in a book of this heft), light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edge; jacket shows a little wear along the bottom edge, with a couple of tiny tears at bottom corners and a horizontal crease/wrinkle along the bottom of the front panel, short diagonal creases at top corners of both flaps]. (B&W photographs) An endlessly fascinating read-through of the correspondence files of the legendary producer of GONE WITH THE WIND and o... View more info

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Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer

By: Bogdanovich, Peter

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Praeger Publishers: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21978

ISBN: 0289701228

Condition: Very Good+


[solid copy, light external wear, faint diagonal crease in upper corner of rear cover (Praeger Film Library) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In half-a-century making films, Allan Dwan worked with D.W. Griffith, directed Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and Shirley Temple, discovered Ida Lupino, and made action pictures like SUEZ and SANDS OF IWO JIMA." An extended interview (which originated as an American Film Institute oral history) with the veteran film ... View more info

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Deborah Kerr

By: Braun, Eric

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, W.H. Allen: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17148

ISBN: 0-491-2341-2

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[solid copy, bottom corners slightly bumped, foxing to page edges, embossed ownership seal on front and rear endpapers; jacket has a little foxing on flap, light external surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Authorized biography of "Britain's best-loved gift to Hollywood superstardom," written by an author "who has followed her life and career since working on one of her early British successes, and to whom she has accorded the fullest possible co-operation in r... View more info

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Burt Lancaster: An American Life [*SIGNED*]

By: Buford, Kate

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17116

ISBN: 0-679-44603-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[a nice tight unread copy, very faint spotting on top edge; jacket has a minor internal dampstain at base of spine, but exterior appearance is flawless]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. The first full-scale biography of Lancaster, "a dynamic biography of a passionate and committed star." Signed by Author View more info

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With Powder on My Nose [*SIGNED*]

By: Burke, Billie, with Cameron Shipp

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18828

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[some shelfwear to cloth at bottom edge, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket a little darkened at spine, worn along joints, wrinkling/creasing at top of spine]. (line drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "To my beloved director / and dearest thanks for / being in that time[?]/ picture! Here I am / with precious Philadelphia / all about me -- / [illegible] - be more faithful. / devotedly / Billie / Oct. 27th /1959." The fluttery-... View more info

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A Tribute to Fred Astaire

By: Carrick, Peter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Salem NH, Salem House: 1985 (c.1984)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 11928

ISBN: 0-88162-081-5

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[covers very slightly bowed outwards, otherwise a nice clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket very slightly yellowed along top edge]. (B&W photographs) Straightforward biography of the dancer/singer/actor; not sure why it's called a "tribute," exactly. View more info

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Errol Flynn: A Memoir

By: Conrad, Earl

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18871

ISBN: 0-7145-0816-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows just a trace of wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "A personal exploration of the enigma of the character of Errol Flynn," by the author who ghost-wrote the actor's notorious and just-barely-posthumously published autobiography, "My Wicked, Wicked Ways." He "recounts here how the actor defied the normal during the last year of his life, when they were working together on the book. In three rollickin... View more info

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Von Stroheim

By: Curtiss, Thomas Quinn

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14902

ISBN: 0-374-2-8520-9

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light wear at corners, a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge; jacket very slightly worn along top edge]. (B&W photographs) The authorized (more or less) biography of the actor-turned-director who made some of the most daring films of the silent era, but was ultimately ostracized for his extravagant ways. Author Curtiss, a one-time student of Sergei Eisenstein (and one-time lover of Klaus Mann), first met von Stroheim in 1940, and became ... View more info

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Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood

By: Custen, George F.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, BasicBooks: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14933

ISBN: 0-465-07619-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, very light bumping at spine ends, minimal shelfwear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket slightly wrinkled along top edge, one tiny tear at top front foldover (B&W photographs) "In this major new biography, [the author] illuminates Zanuck's evolution into one of the most influential producers in American film. He explains what set him apart from rivals Irving Thalberg and David O. Selznick, how he developed the gritty realism that came to redefin... View more info

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My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon

By: de Mille, Richard

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16385

ISBN: 0-374-21757-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[very slight wear and minor bumping to bottom edge; jacket shows just a bit of surface-scratching]. (B&W photographs) Fascinating memoir by the adopted son of famed movie producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, and his discovery -- many years after the fact -- that his birth mother was "an exotic figure of silent-film-era Hollywood," the novelist/screenwriter/newspaperwoman Lorna Moon, and that he was the illegitimate product of her liaison with Cecil's brother Will... View more info

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It's a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living

By: Dmytryk, Edward

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Times Books: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16047

ISBN: 0-8129-0785-X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal shelfwear, slight bump to top front corner, minor discoloration to ffep from laid-in material (see notes); jacket shows modest wear at extremities, light soiling along edge of rear panel, unobtrusive crescent-shaped closed tear in spine]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the Hollywood director, the only member of the original "Hollywood Ten" to later recant his HUAC testimony, which got him off the blacklist but also made him something of a pariah, at least ... View more info

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Ida Lupino: A Biography

By: Donati, William

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky: (c.1996)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22202

ISBN: 0-8131-1895-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice and clean, virtually as new with no significant wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the actress who, concurrently with her luminous onscreen presence from the late 1930s to the early 1970s, was also "one of Hollywood's earliest female directors, one of its most prolific, substantive, and innovative artists behind the camera." Includes a detailed filmography of her work as an actress, and as a director in both feature films and te... View more info

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Clint Eastwood: All-American Anti-Hero

By: Downing, David, and Gary Herman

Price: $8.00

Publisher: London, Omnibus Press: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9410

ISBN: 0-86001-412-6

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, minor edgewear; binding possibly just beginning to split about 2/3 through the book (no loose pages, though)]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A critical appraisal of the world's top box office star and his films"; one of the earliest books to take Clint seriously as a director. Little did we know that there was a Major American Filmmaker a-bornin'! View more info