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In the Arena: An Autobiography [*SIGNED* association copy]

By: Heston, Charlton

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.1995)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18169

ISBN: 0684803941

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[tiny bump to bottom front corner, otherwise the book is essentially as-new; jacket shows faint wear at a couple of corners, the slightest bit of dog-earing at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED "To Dick ... who helped make it happen / Thanks!" and SIGNED ("Chuck") by the author on the title page. Autobiography of the legendary granite-featured actor, inscribed to director Richard Fleischer, who directed Heston in two feature films, the sci-fi classic SOYLENT GREEN (1972) and the period adventure CROSSED SWORDS (1977), an adaptation of Twain's "The Prince and the ... View more info

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Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film [*SIGNED* association copy]

By: Heston, Charlton, and Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, GT Publishing: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20284

ISBN: 1-57719-357-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book with no discernible wear; jacket shows just the slightest traces of edgewear here and there]. (B&W and color photographs; drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Charlton Heston on the title page; the brief inscription is to producer Walter Seltzer (who produced seven of Heston's films) and his wife, a nice association. Kind of a supplement to Heston's official autobiography, "In the Arena," published in 1995, this book (per its co-author) "attempts to illustrate his greater role in Hollywood, both in text and pictures, including many unpublished photographs taken by h... View more info

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Joseph Losey

By: Hirsch, Foster

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Boston, Twayne Publishers: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18102

ISBN: 0-8057-9257-0

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, appears brand-new, would rate "Fine" but for a faint musty smell which will likely dissipate over time]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the film work of this Wisconsin-born stage and film director, who worked in Hollywood until the blacklist forced him out in 1951, and went on to do his most notable work overseas (THESE ARE THE DAMNED; THE SERVANT; ACCIDENT; THE GO-BETWEEN; etc.). Includes a chronology of his life, a selected bibliography and a filmography (all typical features of this well-re... View more info

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The Films of James Mason

By: Hirschhorn, Clive; with some second thoughts by James Mason

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, LSP Books: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16642

ISBN: 0-85321-063-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear to bottom edge, slight dust-soiling to top page edges; jacket shows light wear at corners, a couple of tears and minor paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) The usual film-by-film rundown, with an introductory biographical essay. What makes this particular "Films of" entry a bit unusual are the actor's own "second thoughts," in the form of his brief commentary (sometimes only a single line) on each film. The book proper ends with MANDINGO, and the book's previous owner has helpfully listed four later titles (through BLOODLINE) on the book's rear free... View more info

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The Films of James Mason [*SIGNED* association copy]

By: Hirschhorn, Clive; with some second thoughts by James Mason

Price: $300.00

Publisher: London, LSP Books: 1975

Edition: 1st (U.K.) edition

Seller ID: 18921

ISBN: 0853210632

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very nice book, slight wear at spine ends, just the slightest touch of foxing to top edge; jacket has a couple of tiny tears at spine extremities, a couple more at top and bottom edges of rear panel (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED by the great actor on the title page, a personal inscription to director Richard Fleischer and his wife, with reference to their past work together: "For Richard & Mickie / with love from James / (Let's do a third, Dick. But how can we top Mandingo?)" (The previous Fleischer-Mason collaboration had of course been the 1954 Disney classic 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER T... View more info

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"Clint Eastwood: 'Let's Go to Lunch and B.S. for Awhile'" [Look Magazine promotional reprint]

By: Hodenfield, Chris

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Look Magazine: 1979

Seller ID: 15714

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[minor handling wear, slight bends at a couple of corners]. (B&W and color photographs) Reprint of an article about Clint Eastwood from the July 1979 issue of LOOK magazine, issued in conjunction with the release of his final collaboration with director Don Siegel, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (the making of which is discussed and illustrated in the article, and a full-page ad for which adorns the back cover). The cover photo of Clint is by Richard Avedon, and another shot from that same session appears on the inside front cover of this item. "Not for Sale," this was a giveaway item, and is ... View more info

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Marlene Dietrich: Die Privatsammlung [Marlene Dietrich: The Private Collection]

By: Hofmann, Barbara, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Frankfurt am Main, Deutsche Fototage GmbH: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21468

ISBN: 3-930054-13-2

Condition: Near Fine


[virtually as new, with very light external soiling and minor abrasions to the front cover]. Trade PB (B&W and color photographs) Exhibition catalog (text entirely in German) issued in conjunction with a 1993 exhibit at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. A collection of about 60 photos of La Dietrich, definitely not the same-old-same-old: there are many unusual shots here, representing all stages of her career, and although I haven't taken the trouble to translate the introductory matter, I assume the source of many (if not all) of these was indeed her private collection -- which, interes... View more info

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The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and '40s and Our World Since Then [*SIGNED*]

By: Hunt, Marsha

Price: $65.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Fallbrook Publishing, Ltd.: (c.1996)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17912

ISBN: 1-882747-00-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows some mild surface rubbing]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To __________ / Explore and enjoy yesterday!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. A Hollywood semi-memoir like no other, not so much about the actress-author herself (although she provides plenty of autobiographical detail) as about the fabulous clothes she wore, on- and off-screen. It's illustrated with hundreds of photographs from Miss Hunt's personal collection, a mixture of glamour/fashion portraits, scene stills and publicity shots; she herself appears in nearly every image, b... View more info

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The Letters of Nunnally Johnson

By: Johnson, Dorris, and Ellen Leventhal, eds.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1981

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20234

ISBN: 0-394-50672-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is tight and flawless; jacket has a tiny scrape mark on the front panel, otherwise just a trace of surface wear]. (B&W photographs) More than 120 letters of the Georgia-born screenwriter-producer -- "uninhibited, gossipy, knowing, funny, serious, and wonderful reading." The letters, "brimming with wit, gossip, cogent observations on movie making and movie living, give us a Hollywood at work and at play in its most interesting years." Foreword by Alistair Cooke. View more info

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Mistah Jolson

By: Jolson, Harry, as told to Alban Emley

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Hollywood, House-Warven, Publishers: 1952 (c.1951)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 16899

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


(price-clipped) [a little wear to cloth at spine ends, age-toning to page edges, small bookseller's stamp on front pastedown; jacket a bit on the tattered side, small tears at most corners, a bit of paper loss at spine ends, chipping to edges of rear panel] (B&W photographs) Biography of Al Jolson by his older brother, who had been a vaudeville headliner himself, back in the day. View more info

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So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business [*SIGNED*]

By: Kanter, Hal

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, Mcfarland & Company: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 12334

ISBN: 0-7864-0483-3

Condition: Fine


[nice copy, as-new but for a tiny red mark on the top edge (NOT a remainder mark)]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("For __________ / With hopes for Peace, / love & laughter -- ") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the veteran film and television comedy writer. Signed by Author View more info

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Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation

By: Kapsis, Robert E.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago/London, The University of Chicago Press: 1992

Edition: 1st printing

Seller ID: 17900

ISBN: 0-226-42489-8

Condition: Near Fine


[very light handling wear only; virtually as new]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author "explains the forces behind Hitchcock's changing critical fortunes, and shows how Hitchcock's legacy and reputation shed light on the way reputations of contemporary directors -- particularly Brian De Palma and Clint Eastwood -- are made." View more info

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Billy Wilder: Un viennese a Hollywood

By: Karasek, Hellmuth (translated by Marina Bistolfi)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Milano, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S. P. A.: 1993 (c.1992)

Edition: First Italian Edition

Seller ID: 17464

ISBN: 88-04-33930-6

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight clean copy, very slight browning to page edges; jacket a bit rubbed, minor wear at edges and extremities]. (B&W photographs) Biography of director/writer Billy Wilder, originally published in Germany in 1992; apparently there has not been an English-language edition. Text in Italian. View more info

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All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger [*SIGNED*]

By: Kaufman, Lloyd, and James Gunn

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Berkley Boulevard Books: 1998

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20735

ISBN: 0-425-16357-1

Condition: Near Fine


[a couple of infinitesimal nicks in top edge of rear cover, otherwise an as-new book]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) SIGNED boldly by Lloyd Kaufman on the half-title page (which is also the front endpaper). The history of Troma Studois, told by its co-founder: "a story of guerilla filmmaking at its cheapest, of the American Dream torn limb from limb, and of topless starlets menaced by obscene rubber puppets." Introduction by Roger Corman. Signed by Author View more info

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My Wonderful World of Slapstick [*SIGNED*]

By: Keaton, Buster, with Charles Samuels

Price: $1,500.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1960

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17752

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[spine slightly turned, front hinge unobtrusively reinforced by a professional paper conservator, otherwise just a bit shelfworn at the bottom extremities; jacket slightly toned at spine, small chip at top of spine, rear hinge split but professionally repaired, overall a clean and attractive example of this easily-worn jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Buster Keaton on the verso of the half-title page (facing the title page). The inscription reads: "To Fritzie / My Queen, / From me, The King, / Buster." (The inscribee was actress Fritzi Burr, and the inscription is ... View more info

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Alain Resnais

By: Kreidl, John Francis

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Boston, Twayne Publishers: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21969

ISBN: 0-8057-9256-2

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean tight copy, with just a trace of scraping to the gilt spine lettering & border, slight bumping to top corners, small bookstore stamp on ffep]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of ths important French New Wave director, featuring in-depth treatment of all his films from HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959) through PROVIDENCE (1977). (Other prominent titles include LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD and MURIEL.) He continued to make films after this book was published, of course (up until his death in 2014), but it's proba... View more info

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Ladies in Distress [Jane Novak's copy]

By: Lahue, Kalton C.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: South Brunswick NJ & New York / London, A.S. Barnes and Company / Thomas Yoseloff Ltd.: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22618

ISBN: 0-498-07634-2

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, minor bumping to bottom corners, a handful of tiny spots on top of text block, rubber-stamped bookshop name on front pastedown and ffep; the jacket has slight paper loss at spine ends, a little wear and a few tiny tears along the top and bottom edges of the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Brief career profiles of 40 actresses from the silent film era, those deemed "representative heroines" by the author. Most of the pieces run between six and ten pages (including several photographs). This copy is distinguished because it bears the bookplate of one of its subjects, J... View more info

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Norma Shearer: A Life

By: Lambert, Gavin

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22180

ISBN: 0-394-55158-3

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [good sound copy, light foxing/soiling to edges of text block, former owner's name and address on ffep; jacket a little scuffed and surface-worn, but no tears or other blemishes]. (B&W photographs) Biography of "the First Lady of MGM" (or, with a little more edge, "Queen of the Lot"), whose favored status at the studio, often attributed (somewhat unfairly) to the power of her husband Irving Thalberg, culminated when at the rather advanced age of 33 she won the part of Juliet in the 1936 film version of "Romeo and Juliet," released mere days before Irvin... View more info

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Charles Laughton and I

By: Lanchester, Elsa

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & Company: (c.1938)

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 24654

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [good sound copy, lightly shelfworn]. (B&W photographs) A chatty and entertaining memoir of this British acting pair's early careers, but of course a book written in 1938 couldn't tread anywhere near the realities of their marriage, particularly with regard to Laughton's bisexuality. They remained together until his death in 1962; she wrote another memoir in 1983, "Elsa Lanchester By Herself." View more info

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Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood

By: Latham, Aaron

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1971

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 17166

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, very light shelfwear, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on half-title page; jacket shows minor wear along top edge, light rubbing]. The first in-depth look at Fitzgerald's "last years in the movie capital [which] were marred by alcoholic outbursts, fights with producers, wild trips to the East Coast, insomnia, and ill health." The author was the first to gain access to the various scripts (many unproduced) that Fitzgerald had worked on for M-G-M, and he supplemented his examination of these texts with interviews with many of the writer's friends and colleagu... View more info