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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 [and] a touching and extraordinary book about the friendships in a group of exceptionally gifted, talented and charming peopl... View more info

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Fred Astaire Souvenir Journal

By: American National Theatre and Academy West

Price: $50.00

Publisher: [Los Angeles], ANTA West: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24525

Condition: Near Fine


(illustrated oversize wraps) [clean and tight (no spine crease), very slight dog-earing to bottom right corner of front cover, no other significant wear]. (B&W photographs) Souvenir program book from ANTA West's tribute to Astaire, held on October 6, 1978, in celebration of his receipt of the 1978 National Artist Award. Approximately 120 pages, including numerous congratulatory ads and so forth, and an excellent chronology of the performer's long career in theatre, film, radio and TV. There is also a long article about his stage career, although it's not original to this volume (it's reprinted... 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 in this series went to libraries, it's a bit hard to find clean, unmarked copies. View more info

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

By: Andrews, Julie

Price: $10.00

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: $25.00

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 America," and to judge from the all-star testimonials (Mike Leigh, Charles Bronson, Robert Wagner, Dorothy McGuide, Julie C... View more info

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Steps in Time

By: Astaire, Fred

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: (c.1959)

Edition: 1st Edition (E-I)

Seller ID: 24652

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, lightly shelfworn, spine cloth slightly faded]. (B&W photographs, photographic endpapers) Autobiography by the great actor/dancer, who was also unquestionably the most graceful native of Omaha, Nebraska. I saw him crossing the street one day in Beverly Hills -- elegance out for a midday stroll. View more info

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A Life on Film

By: Astor, Mary

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Delacorte Press: 1971

Edition: 1st ed

Seller ID: 24722

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[a solid clean copy with minimal shelfwear, but with the front endpaper torn out; jacket lightly soiled, showing a little wear at spine extremities, minor crinkling at top of front panel, one tiny tear at lower rear hinge]. (B&W photographs) Memoirs of the actress/novelist, covering her film career from silent picture days through her appearance in HUSH, HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE in 1964. Introduction by Sumner Locke Elliott View more info

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

By: Atkins, Irene Kahn

Price: $50.00

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, and died just a couple of years later.) Extensive interview with a veteran assistant director (who actually started out as 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 paperback, this is the much scarcer hardcover printing. Many years later, Bast published another book, "Surviving James Dean... 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 other classics (and an occasional non-classic) -- albeit, as editor Behlmer explains in his foreword, presenting "a rather... View more info

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Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer

By: Bogdanovich, Peter

Price: $25.00

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 director takes up most of the book, and provides ample proof that Bogdanovich was just as good an interviewer as he was a cri... 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 recalling her fascinating story." 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-voiced actress's second book of anecdotal memoirs, the existence of which she explains thusly: "There were things I could... 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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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 a friend and confidant. The friendship deepened in 1950 when Curtiss settled in Paris and began writing for the Internationa... 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 William de Mille. Oh, what a tangled web these silent movie people wove! 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 among the Hollywood left. A review copy, with the publisher's two-page press release laid in, along with a very uncompliment... 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: 24032

ISBN: 0-8129-0785-X

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[no wear to book at all, a nice clean tight copy; the jacket shows a few traces of wear along the bottom edge, with one tiny tear and an associated short diagonal crease at the bottom of the front panel]. (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 among the Hollywood left. View more info