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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

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Eighty Odd Years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television

By: Lucas, John Meredyth

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Jefferson NC/London, McFarland & Company, Inc.: (c.2004)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20700

ISBN: 0-7684-1838-9

Condition: Near Fine


[essentially as-new book, the only blemish being a slight bump to the bottom corner of the rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The author, who completed this memoir shortly before his death in 2002, was the son of screenwriter Bess Meredyth and writer/director Wilfred Lucas, and the stepson of director Michael Curtiz. In addition to memories of them, and his "boy's-eye view of Hollywood in a time of glamour, decadence, and the golden years of filmmaking", he also discusses his own long career as a writer/producer/director in both feature films and television. View more info

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The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood [*SIGNED*]

By: Maas, Frederica Sagor

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky: (c.1999)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18866

ISBN: 0-8131-2122-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, no significant wear to either book or jacket]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by a screenwriter who toiled, largely uncredited, mostly during the late silent period (1925-1929). The book's title derives from what is probably her best-known story credit (shared with her husband, Ernest Maas), for the 1947 Betty Grable musical comedy film of that name. As the author was already 99 years old when the book was published -- as evidenced by her shaky signature -- I can't imagine there are too many signed copies of this floating a... View more info

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Those Were the Days, My Friend: My Life in Hollywood with David O. Selznick and Others

By: Macnamara, Paul

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20109

ISBN: 0-8108-2694-1

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just light surface-scuffing]. (Filmmakers, no. 35) Series (B&W photographs) Memoir by Selznick's director of advertising and publicity during the 1940s. The author "paints a vivid and highly personal portrait of the legendary Hollywood producer, recalling his endless memoranda, his quixotic behavior, his marriage to actress Jennifer Jones, and his determination to market her as an international star. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Paradine Case, Portrait of Jennie, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." View more info

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Dwight Frye's Last Laugh: An Authorized Biography

By: Mank, Gregory William, James T. Coughlin, and Dwight D. Frye

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Baltimore, Luminary Press: 2003 (c.1997)

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 21253

ISBN: 1887664114

Condition: Fine


[as new, with no discernible wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "The dramatic rise and fall of the actor who won immortality as the giggling Renfield of 'Dracula' and the sadistic hunchbank of 'Frankenstein.' Authorized by Dwight's son Dwight David, the book includes detailed information of Frye's early stage work, his Broadway triumphs, and his ghoulish typecasting in Hollywood -- which ironically assured him a posthumous cult status among horror film disciples." [PRINTING NOTE: The last page bears the information "Made in the USA / Lexington, KY / 20 March 2011"; in other wor... View more info

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Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (Especially Himself): The Story of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

By: Marx, Arthur

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Hawthorn Books, Inc.: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16000

ISBN: 0-8015-2430-X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [light soiling/spotting to fore-edge, otherwise no significant wear, brief gift inscription (non-authorial) at upper corner of ffep; jacket is clean and bright, but has a couple of faint horizontal blue lines that were a "transfer" from an old jacket protector (now replaced), also some very minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs) The story of one of the more tempestuous show-biz partnerships of all time, by a Hollywood insider (Son of Groucho) who "not only comes up with many new and amusing revelations and anecdotes about his protagonists, but, at the same time, gives ... View more info

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Orson Welles

By: McBride, Joseph

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17580

ISBN: 0-670-01937-2

Condition: Very Good+


[good solid copy, covers a bit edgeworn, tiny red dot on bottom edge close to spine]. (Cinema One) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) A detailed critical study of Welles's film career through the early 1970s, by a critic who has long been one of the most perceptive and eloquent chroniclers of the filmmaker's work. (McBride's more recent book, "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles," is also highly recommended.) Aside from being a great critical work, the book is an engagingly personal chronicle of his association with Welles (in Chapter 2, "Meeting Orson Welles," he tells about ... View more info

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Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age

By: McGilligan, Pat, ed. and intro.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Berkeley/Los Angeles/Oxford, University of California Press: (c.1986)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22190

ISBN: 0-520-05666-3

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice copy, faint soiling to top of text block, tiny bookstore stamp at bottom corner of front endpaper, no significant wear; jacket lightly rubbed, no tears or chips]. (B&W photographs) A superb compilation of thoughtful interviews (many conducted by the book's editor) with some of the very best of an often overlooked and undervalued breed, the Hollywood screenwriter (many of whom were accomplished novelists as well, such as W.R. Burnett, James M. Cain and Niven Busch). The interviews, each of which is accompanied by a brief but informative introduction and a list of the sub... View more info

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Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s

By: McGilligan, Pat, ed. and intro.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Berkeley/Los Angeles/Oxford, University of California Press: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22191

ISBN: 0-520-05666-3

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy with no significant wear, blemished only slightly by short diagonal creases at the top corners of several pages (apparently inflicted by a former owner unfamiliar with the concept of a "bookmark"); jacket a teensy bit rubbed, with a minor wrinkle along the top edge of the rear panel]. (B&W photographs) A follow-up to the editor-interviewer's earlier compilation of insightful screenwriter interviews, this volume focusing on a somewhat later generation. The interviews, each of which is accompanied by a brief but informative introduction and a list of the subject's scre... View more info

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Art Acord and the Movies: A Biography and Filmography [*SIGNED*]

By: McKinney, Grange B.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Raleigh NC, Wyatt Classics, Inc.: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17093

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[both book and jacket show only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs, color reproductions) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Meticulously-researched chronicle of the life and career of Acord (1890-1931), a former rodeo performer who became a Western movie star in the silent era. The book provides "an account of [his] involvement in Westerns from his early days with the Selig Polyscope and Bison studios; to his popular Buck Parvin films with the Flying A Studio in Santa Barbara; to his success at Carl Laemmle's Universal City; to his downfall and brief stay on Poverty Row; ... View more info

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Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat

By: McPherson, Edward

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Newmarket Press: 2005 (c.2004)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15933

ISBN: 1-55704-665-4

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, with no discernible wear; jacket has a tiny tear to top front hinge (virtually invisible inside new jacket protector), very slight wear along top edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) View more info

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Heartbreaker

By: Meyer, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18080

ISBN: 0-385-18421-2

Condition: Very Good+ in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, remainder spray to bottom edge but no significant wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear, one tiny nick at front foldover]. Memoir by a songwriter/novelist who became romantically involved with Judy Garland in her later years. View more info

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For the Sake of Shadows

By: Miller, Max

Price: $50.00

Publisher: [New York], E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1936

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20659

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj


[book is lightly worn at corners and bottom edge, but still a solid and clean copy; jacket a bit rough, with some surface moisture damage to the front panel, uneven fading, a bit of paper loss at most corners, and a large chip at the base of the spine that extends into the bottom corner of the rear panel]. The author relates his screenwriting sojourn in Hollywood. A newspaper reporter and columnist based in San Diego, he was best known for his 1932 book "I Cover the Waterfront"; it was filmed twice, in 1933 and 1961, but apart from that he seems to have willingly kept his distance fr... View more info

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My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller [includes "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see notes)] [*SIGNED*]

By: Miller, Patsy Ruth

Price: $200.00

Publisher: [n.p.], O'Raghailligh Ltd.: (c.1988)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23775

ISBN: 0-929127-01-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book with no discernible wear; jacket has some minor wrinkling/creasing along top edge of front panel and bottom edge of rear panel]. (Ackerman Archives Series, Vol. III) Series (B&W photos, other illustrations) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep: "To ____ / With best wishes / from / Patsy Ruth Miller / Dec 3, 1988." Autobiography of the silent screen actress, best remembered for her role as "Esmeralda" in the 1923 version of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, opposite Lon Chaney. Introduction by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. This memoir was belatedly "discover... View more info

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Rouben Mamoulian

By: Milne, Tom

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Bloomington IN/London, Indiana University Press: 1970 (c.1969)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 18094

ISBN: 0-253-15015-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[very light scuffing to bottom edges of boards; jacket somewhat rubbed on rear panel, minor wrinkling at bottom edge of rear panel]. (Cinema One) Series (B&W photographs) Excellent overview of the film career of the innovative director of APPLAUSE, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, QUEEN CHRISTINA, THE MARK OF ZORRO, SILK STOCKINGS, etc. Includes a detailed filmography, a highlight of this series. As with man volumes in this well-regarded series, the hardcover issues are considerably less common than the paperbacks. View more info

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Silent Star

By: Moore, Colleen

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 23870

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, top of spine pushed just a bit, light age-toning and one tiny spot on top edge of text block; jacket has a few tiny chips along top edge and one more at bottom of rear panel, on small closed tear at bottom of front panel, spine a bit faded]. (B&W photographs) Reminiscences by the actress who was the best-known on-screen flapper of her era. Moore "grew up with the movies, and in this wonderfully gossipy memoir she tells the story of Hollywood's silent era -- from oranges to cheesecake, from sunlight to klieg, and from the carefree days of youth and innocence to the scand... View more info

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The Robert Morley Bedside Reader

By: Morley, Robert

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, Henry Regnery Company: 1976 (c.1974)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 13601

ISBN: 0-8092-8130-9

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, very light shelfwear, small smudge on half-title page; jacket shows a little wear at edges, minor wrinkling and tiny tears at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) "The first anthology of the best writing of Robert Morley is both a literary and a social event. Morley has always considered himself to be as much writer as actor, and, in addition to his plays, he has long been a contributor to American and British magazines. In 1972 he was voted wittiest writer of the year by Playboy. Ranging from delightful reminiscences of his childhood in England to hilarious accounts of his ... View more info

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The Alice Faye Movie Book [*SIGNED* by Alice Faye]

By: Moshier, W. Franklyn

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Harrisburg PA, Stackpole Books: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12245

ISBN: 0-8117-0086-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice clean copy, minor wear at extremities; jacket spine lightly sunned, one tiny puncture tear in spine, tiny chip at upper right-hand corner of front panel, also very minor paper loss at top rear corner (at jacket flap foldover point)]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____") and SIGNED by Alice Faye on the reverse of the dedication page. A comprehensive, film-by-film rundown of the popular star's career, in the typical "Films of" format with cast/credits, plot synopses, notes and reviews for each film, along with a healthy selection of photographs. Also includes: a 17-p... View more info