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Anthony Asquith (New Index Series No. 5)

By: Noble, Peter, comp.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: London, British Film Institute: [1952]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11827

Condition: Very Good


[moderate edgewear, rubbing/scuffing to covers; covers still firmly attached at staples]. (New Index Series) Series (B&W photographs) 46-page monograph on the noted British film director, whose career began in the silent days and included such stellar productions as PYGMALION, THE WINSLOW BOY and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Includes basic credits on all his films. View more info

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Love Song to a Long Gone Time: Memoirs of a Moviegoer from Way Back [*SIGNED*]

By: O'Grady, Chris

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: (c.1987)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 14219

ISBN: 0-533-07131-3

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, light wear extremities; jacket rubbed, spine and front panel somewhat faded, a couple of tiny edge tears]. SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription (and his phone number), on the front pastedown. "Growing up in the Bronx in the thirties and early forties, [the author] went to the movies almost every single weekend, developing a lifelong affection for even the most obscure productions of the period. [His book], a wide-ranging collection of memories and meditations, is testimony to that affection. It is both a vivid reconstruction of the impact of these movies on a t... View more info

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Nelson Pereira dos Santos: The Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award [commemorative publication, 2002]

By: O'Grady, Gerald, ed.

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17932

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


(oversize stapled wraps, 17" x 11") [a bit curled along spine, some bending/dog-earing at corners of front cover, overall quite clean except for a small stain on pp. 86-87 which has bled through a bit to several adjacent pages; staples are holding firmly]. Tribute publication issued by the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, to commemorate the lifetime achievement award presented to the great Brazilian film director at the festival held July 19-28, 2002. Its 96 large-format pages (including covers) contain an enormous amount of information about dos Santos' films and care... View more info

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Dimitri Tiomkin: A Portrait

By: Palmer, Christopher

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, T.E. Books: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20172

ISBN: 0950943908

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice book, no discernible wear; jacket shows only light scuffing and minor surface wear]. (B&W and color photographs, musical facsimiles) A brief biography of the great film composer, coupled with a critical survey of his most important scores. Includes a list of Tiomkin's principal awards and honors, and a complete filmography (titles only). View more info

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Valentino the Unforgotten

By: Peterson, Roger C.

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Wetzel Publishing Co., Inc.: (c.1937)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21042

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [heavily worn, especially on bottom edge and along spine, with some deterioration of the binding along the bottom inch and a half of the front joint; the binding is solid, however, and the book is internally quite clean]. (B&W photographs) An examination of the Rudolph Valentino cult about a decade after his death, by an author who witnessed its growth first-hand, as custodian of the Cathedral Mausoleum at the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (today known as "Hollywood Forever"), a position he assumed the year following Valentino's interment and held until 1940. "... View more info

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The Films of Ronald Colman

By: Quirk, Lawrence J.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Secacus NJ, The Citadel Press: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20107

ISBN: 0-8065-0562-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minimal shelfwear, slight bump to bottom rear corner, very light foxing to top edge, one-time owner's rubber-stamped signature on ffep; jacket shows light wear and minor wrinkling at extremities]. (B&W photographs) A film-by-film chronicle of the career of this most polished of screen actors, who became a star in the late silent era and transitioned smoothly to talkies -- one might even say transcended, when you take into account that wonderful voice. The usual: cast, credits and synopses for all his films, plus an introductory biographical essay and a portrait gallery. View more info

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Some Day We'll Laugh: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]

By: Ralston, Esther

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press: 1985

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 23438

ISBN: 0-8108-1814-0

Condition: Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean copy, with no discernible wear; appears unread]. (Filmmakers, No. 11) Series (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription, beneath her frontispiece portrait photo. "One of the top contract players at Paramount in the Twenties, Esther Ralston brought considerable elegance and grace to such productions as PETER PAN, BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK, A KISS FOR CINDERELLA, OLD IRONSIDES and THE CASE OF LENA SMITH. All of those films are discussed here, as is her childhood, when she worked on stage with her family, billed as 'Baby Esther, Ameri... View more info

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Sam na Sam z Hollywood [Alone with Hollywood]

By: Rogowski, Zbigniew K.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Warszawa [Warsaw], Oficyna Wydawnicza Szczepan Szymanski: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21487

ISBN: 83-86469-04-8

Condition: Near Fine


(laminated boards; no dust jacket, probably as issued) [minor shelfwear only]. (B&W and color photographs) The author (1923-2007) was a minor Polish actor, but a prolific Hollywood correspondent for various Polish publications. As the book's photographs -- almost exclusively of the "here I am with Celebrity X" variety -- attest, he managed to finagle access to some of Hollywood's top names, scoring (presumably) exclusive interviews, which are presented here in POLISH TRANSLATION. His subjects included: Hal Roach, Pola Negri, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda ("Henry'ego Fondy"), Eve... View more info

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Lon Chaney: Master Craftsman of Make-believe

By: Ross, Nathaniel Lester

Price: $40.00

Publisher: [n.p.], Quality RJ: 1987 (c.1981, 1988)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 20291

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[spine turned, faint foxing to top edge, tiny stain on fore-edge, no other significant wear; jacket heavily foxed internally and along edges of jacket flaps, but the exterior shows only moderate wear, one small closed tear at bottom of front panel, minor wrinkling]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) Despite being (apparently) self-published, this is a well-researched and reasonably well-written biography of the "Man of a Thousand Faces," although it was eclipsed by Michael Blake's excellent (and better-produced) book on Chaney, published just a few years later. Interestingly, in his Intro... View more info

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Zero Dances: A Biography of Zero Mostel

By: Sainer, Arthur

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Limelight Editions: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16081

ISBN: 0-87910-096-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, very light bumps to a couple of corners, otherwise no significant wear; jacket shows light surface handing wear only]. (B&W photographs) "The unconventional biography he deserves," per the jacket blurb. The author's "research, particularly among members of the Mostel family, has been prodigious and the facts of Zero's life are here. But the author does not hesitate to speculate when the facts are not known, to digress when there is a good story to tell, to flash backward and forward in time, even to imagine a dialogue between Zero and Woody Allen. If he someti... View more info

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Heyday: An Autobiography [*SIGNED*]

By: Schary, Dore

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1979)

Edition: 2nd printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18263

ISBN: 0-316-77270-4

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book itself is as new, with no discernible wear; jacket a bit scraped at base of spine, otherwise quite nice]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED (no inscription) by the author on the title page. Memoir by the writer-producer who was head of production at M-G-M at the height of the HUAC/McCarthy Era, and thus found himself, shall we say, somewhat conflicted due to his generally liberal politics. Signed by Author View more info

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Elia Kazan: A Biography

By: Schickel, Richard

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, HarperCollins: (c.2005)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17584

ISBN: 0-06-019579-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean copy, virtually as-new, NO remainder or other marks, slight bumping at spine ends; jacket shows only very light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) View more info

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Good Morning Boys: Will Hay, Master of Comedy

By: Seaton, Ray, and Roy Martin

Price: $50.00

Publisher: London, Barrie and Jenkins Ltd.: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14938

ISBN: 0-214-20554-1

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[light shelfwear, minor bumping to a couple of corners, faint discoloration to endpapers, slight musty smell; jacket shows light edgewear, minor soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The first biography of Will Hay, the immensely popular British music hall star who also had a significant late-career success in films from 1934 through 1943. View more info

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The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Film-makers

By: Sherman, Eric, and Martin Rubin

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20974

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[slight fading to boards along top and bottom edges, no other significant wear; jacket moderately scuffed and rubbed, tiny tear at bottom rear hinge, soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) The interview subjects are: Budd Boetticher, Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller, Arthur Penn, and Abraham Polonsky. View more info

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The Films of D.W. Griffith

By: Simmon, Scott

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press: 1993

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15971

ISBN: 0-521-38128-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy (review copy, with publisher's slip laid in), no discernible wear; jacket slightly faded at spine, otherwise unblemished]. (Cambridge Film Classics) Series (B&W photographs) The book "serves as an introduction to, and a cultural argument for, the work of the first widely acknowledged master filmmaker. Situating D.W. Griffith within film history and American studies, [the author] addresses Griffith's competing reputations as a genius of cinematic form and a retrograde purveyor of reactionary and racist tales." There is of course an extended discussion of THE BIR... View more info

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Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre [*SIGNED*]

By: Skal, David J., and Elias Savada

Price: $55.00

Publisher: New York, Anchor Books: 1995

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 22198

ISBN: 0-385-47406-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[very nice copy, appears unread, with no discernible wear; jacket shows of a smidge of surface handling wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by both authors on the title page, with an added inscription to a friend by author Savada. The first full-length biography of the director of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, DRACULA, FREAKS and other classics. "The authors chronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville family into the world of carnival sideshows (where he began his career literally buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his rapid climb to riche... View more info

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Douglas Sirk

By: Stern, Michael

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Twayne Publishers: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21968

ISBN: 0-8057-9269-4

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean tight copy, with just a trace of scraping to the gilt spine lettering & border, small bookstore stamp on ffep]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of the German-born stage and film director whose 50s melodramas (produced by Ross Hunter and others at Universal) raised the form to delirious heights. Among his classics are MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, WRITTEN ON THE WIND and IMITATION OF LIFE. Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Sirk's life ... View more info

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I Just Kept Hoping [*SIGNED*]

By: Stuart, Gloria, with Sylvia Thompson

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1999)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18940

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice clean book, minor bumping to top of spine; faint surface wear to jacket]. (B&W and color photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. Memoir by the actress who essentially retired from the screen for over nearly forty years, made a few minor appearances in the 1980s, and then hit the jackpot with her role in James Cameron's TITANIC (1997), which brought her oodles of attention, including an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, making her at 87 the oldest actor to have ever been nominated for an Oscar. (Quick! -- who did she lose out to? Kim Basinger, in L.A. C... View more info

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Body and Soul: The Story of John Garfield

By: Swindell, Larry

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Co.: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13949

ISBN: 0-688-02907-8

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good+ dj


[a good solid copy, but with considerable foxing/spotting to page edges, previous owner's address label on ffep; jacket shows moderate surface rubbing, light wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "The definitive life story of Garfield, super actor and super stud [sorry, I'm just quoting here] -- of his brilliant career, his stormy marriage and tempestuous affairs, and his political misadventures in the feverish environment of Broadway and Hollywood. More than a biography, it is a bittersweet social portrait of the world of the performing arts during a time of travail." View more info

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W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes

By: Taylor, Robert Lewis

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1949

Edition: Book Find Club Edition

Seller ID: 22608

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[a good solid book, light wear to extremties; jacket shows just a little edgewear, slight darkening at spine; although a book club issue, the book appears identical to the trade edition (including its "heft") in almost all respects]. (B&W photographs) Taylor's entertaining, myth-making biography of The Great Man, the first to appear after Fields's death on Christmas Day of 1946, and for many years the standard work on the comedian -- and, unfortunately, the source of a some misinformation as well. James Curtis, author of the best biography of Fields to date (published in 2003), explai... View more info