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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 television. 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

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The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper [*SIGNED*]

By: Dunne, Dominick

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20615

ISBN: 0-609-60388-4

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is flawless; jacket has only a trace of surface wear, extremely minor crimping along top edge; the jacket also bears a small "Signed at Book Soup" sticker on the front panel, removable upon request without a trace]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. A fascinating look at the private lives of jet-setting celebrities of a certain time and place (mostly Beverly Hills and Hollywood), by an author who made a pretty decent career for himself by just being the most observant and insightful (if sometimes also insufferable) fly on the wall. And he had access to s... View more info

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The Other Side of Oz [*SIGNED*]

By: Ebsen, Buddy; edited by Stephen Cox

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Newport Beach CA, Donovan Publishing: (c.1993)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16920

ISBN: 1-880538-08-3

Condition: Fine in Fine dj


[a tight, crisp, as-new copy]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page: "To ________ -- / With many thanks / Buddy & Dorothy Ebsen" (in Buddy's hand). Autobiography of the erstwhile song-and-dance man, sidekick and comic foil, who was a little bit too gangly and goofy-looking to ever achieve major stardom, but is nonetheless etched forever in memory (well, my memory, anyway) as "Uncle Jed" on "The Beverly Hillbillies." Quite a bit is made of his having lost the role of the Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but honestly it doesn't seem to have hurt his car... View more info

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The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin

By: Eckhardt, Joseph P.

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Madison/Teaneck NJ/London, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press / Associated University Presses: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14865

ISBN: 0-8386-3728-0

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, no discernible wear; jacket shows minor wrinkling along top edge, faint surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "That immigrant Jews had a profound impact on the growth of American cinema is well known and has been the subject of much scholarship. But America's first Jewish movie mogul, Siegmund Lubin of Philadelphia, has never been closely studied. Drawing upon contemporary accounts and interviews with Lubin's surviving family, friends, and employees, this work details the life and career of the once-famous 'Pop' Lubin. It also seeks to explore the complex personal... View more info

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Hot Toddy: The True Story of Hollywood's Most Sensational Murder

By: Edmonds, Andy

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: (c.1989)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15746

ISBN: 0-688-08061-8

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, just the slightest shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows extremely light browning/discoloration to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Purports to "finger the killer" responsible for the 1935 murder of popular screen comedienne Thelma Todd; thoroughly researched, yet written more like a crime novel (including lots of speculative dialogue) than a scholarly work. (I'm not sayin' that's a bad thing.) Includes a complete list of Todd's films. View more info

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Daredevil Cameraman: The Saga of Ray "Swede" Fernstrom

By: Fernstrom, Russell and Beverly

Price: $10.00

Publisher: [Raleigh NC], Pentland Press, Inc.: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9564

ISBN: 1-57197-063-0

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, bottom front corner lightly bumped (book and jacket both), otherwise as new; jacket also shows minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Biography of a newsreel cameraman whose "career spanned what was one of the most exciting periods in the development of news gathering and documentary movie-making. A pioneer in his field, Fernstrom explored innovative techniques such as filming World War II battles and a Grand Canyon documentary from an aerial perspective." Fernstrom worked in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s, spent a number of years as a newsreel cameraman... View more info

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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle [cover title: Fatty]

By: Fine, Gerald

Price: $35.00

Publisher: [n.p.], [No Publisher Stated]: (c.1971)

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 17062

Condition: Very Good+


[light wear at corners and along spine, minor creasing to rear cover]. Mass Market PB (B&W photographs) Though described as a "novel" on the front cover (and while certainly indulging in plenty of novelistic invention of dialogue, etc.), this paperback original can lay claim to being the first serious book-length examination of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's infamous 1921 rape-murder trial, pre-dating David Yallop's excellent "The Day the Laughter Stopped" by five years. The book's most interesting angle is the degree to which it is informed by the viewpoint of actress Minta... View more info

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Frank Tashlin

By: Garcia, Roger, ed.; documentation by Howard Prouty

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Locarno/London, Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno, in collaboration with the British Film Institute / Éditions Yellow Now: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19012

ISBN: 0-85170-462-X

Condition: Near Fine


[essentially as new, with very light surface wear to covers, miniscule bumping at spine ends]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, drawings) The first major work on the life and career of this somewhat under-appreciated (except in France) film director, a former cartoonist, animator and comedy gag man who moved into live-action features in the late 1940s, becoming "a major transitional figure, the link between the screwball comedies of Hawks and Sturges, and the modern comedy film." Prepared in conjunction with a retrospective of Tashlin's work presented at the 1994 Locarno Film Festival, the ... View more info

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Samuel Fuller

By: Garnham, Nicholas

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972 (c.1971)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22857

ISBN: 0-670-61663-X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, slight bump to bottom rear corner but no other significant wear; jacket just a tiny bit rubbed on the rear panelwith just a trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; similar very minor edgewear to jacket]. (B&W photographs) Engaging, thematically-organized (rather than film-by-film) examination of the work of one of American cinema's true originals. "This book is a labour of love," says the author in his introduction, "a love born in the dark womb of Sunday afternoon moviehouses in rain-drenched provincial towns and the seedier areas of London. This book is a culmi... View more info

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Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography

By: Genini, Ronald

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.1996)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17059

ISBN: 0-7864-0202-4

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [very light foxing to top edge, slight bumping to top corners]. (B&W photographs) Biography of a "nice Jewish girl from Cincinnati" who achieved screen notoriety as Theda Bara, the quintessential vampire (not the kind that bites your neck) of her day -- despite the fact that, in the author's words, "her films were trite, often poorly acted, extravagant and crude." (So when has THAT been any impediment to movie stardom?) View more info

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McLaren

By: Glover, Guy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Montreal, National Film Board of Canada: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22410

ISBN: 0-7722-0009-2

Condition: Near Fine


(OS stapled wraps, 11"x15") [a nice clean copy, with faint handling wear only]. (B&W photographs, graphics) Large-format booklet (32 pages, plus covers) presenting a brief biography of the innovative Scottish-Canadian animator Norman McLaren, plus an illustrated survey of his work, much of which was done under the auspices of the National Film Board of Canada. Includes a filmography, in the form of an alphabetical title index. [NOTE regarding the scanned image: what appears to be a small tear at the left edge of the cover is just a flaw in the scan; the book actually has no such tear... View more info

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Bogey: The Good-Bad Guy

By: Goodman, Ezra

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Lyle Stuart Inc.: (c.1965)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13592

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, light fading at edges of boards, light bumping at top edge of rear cover; jacket shows light wear at extremities, one tiny closed tear at top of rear panel]. Biography of Humphrey Bogart. View more info

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Starring Fred Astaire [*SIGNED* by Astaire]

By: Green, Stanley, and Burt Goldblatt

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1973)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17711

ISBN: 0-396-06877-4

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [a very nice copy, tight and clean, with just the barest trace of wear at a couple of corners; the jacket has a number of surface scratch-lines on the rear panel, as though someone used it as a clipboard for a few minutes]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by Fred Astaire on the half-title page. Comprehensive examination of the career of the great dancer/singer/actor, including a discussion of his stage career, a film-by-film rundown of his films from DANCING LADY through MIDAS RUN, a list of his radio and TV appearances, and a discography. Of course his career wasn't QUITE over whe... View more info

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Frank Capra (New Index Series No. 3)

By: Griffith, Richard

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, British Film Institute: [1951]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11825

Condition: Very Good+


[some scuffing to rear cover along spine, moderate edgewear; stapled binding secure]. (New Index Series) Series (B&W photographs) 38-page monograph on the noted American film director, the first publication (I believe) that was devoted exclusively to his work. Contains a film-by-film discussion of his career, with basic filmographic data for each film, through RIDING HIGH (1950). Also includes "Capra and the Directors' Guild," quoting a letter sent by the director to the New York Times in 1939. Very scarce. View more info

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen

By: Grove, David

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Albany GA, BearManor Media: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18030

ISBN: 1593936087

Condition: Very Good+


[generally a nice clean copy, very slight dog-earing to corners of front cover, minor scrunching to bottom corners of a few pages in the middle of the book]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Billed as a "comprehensive biography" of Curtis, but actually just an in-depth (and I mean really in-depth) examination of a relatively small part of her career, i.e. her three-year reign (if that's the right word) as "the ultimate scream queen" in a string of six low-budget horror films, beginning with HALLOWEEN in 1978 and ending with HALLOWEEN II in 1981. Oh, there's some background about gr... View more info

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Marion Davies: A Biography

By: Guiles, Fred Lawrence

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company: (c.1972)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20393

ISBN: 0-07-025114-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[light shelfwear, a bit of dust-soiling to top edge of text block; jacket is in nice shape, with the unfortunate exception of some clumsily-executed tape repairs to two one-inch tears (at bottom front hinge and bottom edge of front panel)]. (B&W photographs) Biography of the actress whose very real talents, especially as a comedienne, have been overshadowed by her real-life role as mistress/companion to William Randolph Hearst. View more info

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Seats in All Parts: Half a Lifetime at the Movies [*SIGNED*]

By: Halliwell, Leslie

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Granada Publishing Limited: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 21080

ISBN: 0-246-12478-4

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


(price-clipped) [very nice copy, no discernible wear to book; jacket shows a little surface-scratching on the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the ffep, with an additional (non-authorial) gift inscription at the bottom of the page. Memoir by "the man behind the encyclopaedias" (The Filmgoer's Companion, Halliwell's Film Guide, etc.) of his movie-centric life from childhood through his early career. "The book provides also a remarkable portrait of the vigorous but confined line of working people in industrial Lancashire during the Depression years of the 193... View more info

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Samuel Fuller

By: Hardy, Phil

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Praeger: 1970

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 9236

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, tiny red ink mark (not a remainder mark, I don't think) on bottom edge; jacket has minor edgewear, one small tear at top rear hinge]. (B&W photographs) A thematically-organized look at the work of this most singular of filmmakers; the first of two books about Fuller that appeared in the early 1970's (the other was by Nicholas Garnham), and still an excellent introduction to his films. View more info

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Raoul Walsh

By: Hardy, Phil, ed.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: [Edinburgh], Edinburgh Film Festival: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21973

Condition: Very Good+


[nice tight clean copy, slight rubbing and edgewear to rear cover, text clean; binding fully intact, not always the case with this series]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Collection of essays on the work of the American director. Contents: an extensive interview with Walsh, conducted in Paris in 1972; three essays, "Walsh and Warner Brothers" by Edward Buscombe, "The Fugitive Subject" by Paul Willemen, and "The Place of Women in the Cinema of Raoul Walsh" by Pam Cook and Claire Johnston; a Filmography and a Selected Bibliography, both by Lynda Myles. View more info