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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/c... View more info

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Memoirs of a Star

By: Negri, Pola

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1970

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 24387

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[good solid book with only minimal shelfwear, extremely light spotting to top of text block; jacket a little age-toned, curled a bit along top edge, with a handful of tiny nicks and tears]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography by the exotic Polish actress who began her career in her home country on the stage and in films, but rose to major stardom in Germany in the late 1910s, largely under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. She and Lubitsch both emigrated to Hollywood in 192... View more info

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The Moon's a Balloon [*SIGNED*]

By: Niven, David

Price: $350.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1972

Edition: 3rd impression

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18282

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, binding slightly shaken; jacket shows a touch of wear along bottom edge, mild sun-browning to spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by the legendary actor, to the equally legendary M-G-M makeup wizard William Tuttle: "For the dreaded / 'William' / who tried to make / me look human back / in 1934 and failed -- / but then he couldn't / do it now either! / Love / David / Nov. 1975." (The book also bears Tuttle's stamped owner... View more info

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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 mem... 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, 2... View more info

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Dimitri Tiomkin: A Portrait

By: Palmer, Christopher

Price: $40.00

Publisher: London, T.E. Books: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20172

ISBN: 0-9509439-0-8

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 kno... View more info

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Sunshine and Shadow [*SIGNED*]

By: Pickford, Mary

Price: $200.00

Publisher: London, William Heinemann Ltd.: 1956

Edition: 1st U.K. edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18934

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[book heavily shelfworn but internally clean, binding is solid; NOTE that the dust jacket is from the American (Doubleday) edition of the book, and in addition to general overall wear is slightly taller than the book itself, contributing to wrinkling and shallow chipping at the spine ends and along top and bottom edges]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the legendary "America's Sweetheart" on the ffep; the inscription is "To my three dear friends -- ... 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,... 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... 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 ... 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 ... 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... 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 cinemat... View more info

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The Power of Bruce Lee

By: Simmons, Paul, and the Editors of Kung Fu Monthly

Price: $20.00

Publisher: (n.p.), Bunch Books / Paradise Press Inc.: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21757

ISBN: 0-89009-296-6

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[shelfwear and light bumping to bottom edge, minor wear to boards at extremities; jacket has a couple of small tears along top edge, light rubbing/soiling]. (B&W and color photographs, line drawings) This "illustrated analysis of Bruce Lee's fighting systems" stays true to its premise that Lee was "possibly the greatest exponent of the Chinese martial arts this century has produced," by focusing substantially on his techniques and maneuvers rather than o... View more info